The Best Way to Network: Serving People

My tip for the best way to network is simply this: serve people. In a world of self-congratulation and a growing obsession with celebrity culture, we need more of this ethos of humility and generosity. Networking is a funny concept. In business, you’re supposed to network with peers in your industry to stay fresh in your trade, grow in your field, and keep a healthy list of prospective clients (depending on what you do).
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Are You Satisfied?

Jason Fried of 37 Signals posted a tweet recently saying how sad it is when business surveys set “satisfied” as their highest metric for success. What a  “low bar” to set, he laments. Read the rest of this entry »

What to Do with Unfair Criticism

  1. Say thank you. All feedback is a gift.
  2. Think and possibly pray (if you’re the type to do so) about what was shared. Is there merit to it, anything you can glean that will help you grow?
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How to Manage Up

I just read a great post in Lifehacker about how to “manage up”. It was convicting, to say the least.

Here are the five basic steps for managing up:

1) Train your boss to meet with you regularly.
2) Come to every meeting with a detailed agenda.
3) Keep a pulse on your boss’s changing priorities. Read the rest of this entry »

The Difference Between Projects and Conversations

There’s a significant difference between conversations and projects in your work. But how do you know?

How do you know the difference between a “talk” with your boss and an actionable list of tasks? How do you know when you’re just brainstorming and when it’s time to allocate resources and time to a new endeavor?

Here’s the difference:

Conversations = possibilities
Projects = expectations and deliverables

There is a time for both.

But there’s a difference between conversations and projects. Don’t confuse the two.

Tell the Truth

Telling the truth has never been more important.

My mom just told me today on the phone a story about a coworker (and friend) who wanted her to lie to her boss. She refused. She just couldn’t lie like that. The friend lost her job, and my mom lost her friend.

The other day at the Catalyst Conference, I heard Seth Godin give this advice to an auditorium of leaders: “Tell the truth.” Read the rest of this entry »

How to Start a Business on the Cheap

Portray Photo: Nashville Photography LogoMy wife recently started her own family and pet photography business.

I just printed out her first invoice. It’s a pretty cool feeling. She’s done a lot of the leg work on her own, but I’ve had the privilege of helping her with some of the business.

We definitely “bootstrapped” it during the start-up phase and have been pleasantly surprised by some of the immediate success we’ve seen over the past few months.

Of course, it’s just getting started, but we’re learning that starting a business doesn’t have to be something that is hard. Not today. Not with the tools at our disposal… and yours. Read the rest of this entry »