How to Make the Hard Things EasierWelcome to August and another great week of summer! I'm back from a life-changing trip to Paris to celebrate my 40th, and my son has been spending the week at Boy Scout Camp, so it's been a great block of t ime for me to refresh and refocus my energies on what matters most to me. It's been so needed! As a leader, every day it seems I am faced with hard things - hard choices, hard conversations, hard situations.. it's exhausting on so many levels. But I've learned some tricks along the way that have helped me stay energized, focused and balanced in dealing with the hard things. I hope that they are helpful to you, and would love to hear your strategies to stay prepared for the hard parts in your life and business.
Just because summer is winding down, doesn’t mean your dreams of a vacation have to escape with it! You are at the heart of your business, and you set the tone for the rest of your team to create time and space to rejuvenate and re-charge. As entrepreneurial leaders, it’s so easy to get wrapped up in the “rugged individualist” persona, because it’s true: we make stuff happen better than most. Unfortunately, this mindset comes at a cost to our personal lives, our health and our other aspirations. It’s important to be aware of this dynamic, lead by example and take some time off! It doesn’t have to be scary or painful if you commit to a bit of planning and prep prior to your departure from the office.
It’s not a surprise to anyone how quickly the world moves these days. Technology changes daily, or perhaps even more often than that. We have instant access to information, status updates, shopping, news, television, even food! Everywhere I turn, the perceived message is that faster is better. And who doesn’t want more time? If something can be achieved quicker, that would technically mean more time for......what exactly? More information, status updates, shopping, news, TV? Yikes!
Asana Timeline Dependencies: Asana has added a helpful new feature – timeline dependencies. When you’re planning a new marketing campaign, product launch, or other cross-functional project, the sequence of work is just as important as the work itself. With Timeline in Asana, you can map out your project plan to see how all the work fits together. And with recent improvements to Timeline, you can now draw dependencies between tasks. As you spot timing conflicts, you can adjust dates right on Timeline so you feel confident in your project schedule. Then as work gets underway, teammates will know when dependent work is completed so they can start their tasks.
Google Assistant now gives you a quick rundown of your day
Google recently announced a new feature available on Android and iOS phones that will allow Google Assistant to provide a quick rundown of your day. Assistant will pull together curated personal information, like flight times, restaurant reservations, scheduled meetings, expected package deliveries, reminders and more, and lay them out in a single overview you can scroll through.
We believe at Delegate that the power of one is expanded by the strengths of many. Our mission is to help you do more of what you love to have an even stronger impact on the world. Each quarter in addition to our team-wide contribution to our selected charity, we select one team member and support their favorite charity through donation and promotion.
1 - Start small, build confidence. Focus on compartmentalizing larger tasks and projects into small parts to build your own confidence around delegation. Do you want to hand off your calendar scheduling? Don’t get overwhelmed by the big picture of doing so; instead segment it out. Ask yourself which part of my schedule could be most easily delegated or automated? Perhaps a first small step is to deploy a scheduling tool for your internal team meetings only. Just this shift alone will help you add framework to your day by creating specific blocks of time you are available to meet, and it takes the back and forth out of when to meet. Grab the small wins! It still equates to time saved, and you’ll build confidence in this phase.
Living the Flexwork Dream … at Delegate!
When we think about working remotely, and what it means to our work/life balance, a number of thoughts come to mind. It’s awesome to have flexibility in our career, create our own schedule and have freedom and autonomy to make it our own day. For morning people, we get up early and are hard at work before the sun comes up and for those of us who are night owls, we quiet the chaos of the day and settle in to work during the peaceful moments when everyone else is asleep. Juggling kids, chores and commitments of daily life, all while making money, is an art form; one that we at Delegate thrive on and LOVE.
RocketReach is a handy web-based tool that helps users find email addresses and social media links for professionals. An extension for the Chrome browser is also available. RocketReach is made up of a combination of tools that look for email addresses both from a company’s domain name and for specific people. By simply entering a name or LinkedIn profile URL into the search bar users are presented with possible email addresses and social media links associated for that person. You can also enter a company name to have RocketReach return the standard email formatting for an organization. There is a free plan that gives three lookups per month or upgraded paid plans that offer more monthly lookups. All paid plans include 24/7 support, CRM integration, the ability to export results to CSV, bulk lookups and API access.
Facebook launches Workplace for Good, a free version of its enterprise product for non-profits
Workplace, an enterprise communications app from Facebook, is launching a new tier of the product called Workplace for Good, which will let non-profits use the product for free. Facebook has always allowed non-profits to use Workplace without fees but is now going to be making a bigger push toopen the product up to charities, educational institutions and non-governmental organizations, regardless of their size.