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.


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 »