All entrepreneurs can remember back to the days when we had a 9-5 job, a boss, a steady paycheck and lots of PTO. We left that life behind in search of independence, risk with reward, and a spirit of “why can’t I?” So how is it that now instead we work 7-7, have to manage complicated staff relations ourselves, our paycheck is variable, and PTO is laughable at best? This “job” that we have created for ourselves is compromising our independence and what we fought so fiercely for.
Google’s File on Me Was Huge. Here’s Why It Wasn’t as Creepy as My Facebook Data.
Though Google has far more data about us than Facebook, because we use it for not only our internet searches but also for our emails, calendaring, maps, photo uploads, video streaming, mobile phones and web browsers, Google has sidestepped controversy while Facebook has under fire for improperly leaking user data. To find out why, I downloaded a copy of all of the information that Google has on me and compared that data to what I already knew Facebook had obtained on me. What I found was that while my Google data archive was much larger than my Facebook file it was also packed with fewer unpleasant surprises and I was relieved to find out I could delete the data. In contrast, when I downloaded my Facebook data, I found that a lot of what I saw could not be purged.
The Year of Hyperfocus
Happy Friday and welcome to 2018! What a fun year we have in front of us! As entrepreneurs, we are inherently excited by all of the opportunities, ideas and projects that surround us almost by nature. Because of our open minds, it's as if the universe dangles these sparkly goodies in front of us, knowing that we possess the required chutzpah to make it happen! The hard part is, all of that distraction diffuses our energy and focus.
How to Organize your Inspiration
Today’s entrepreneur is busier than ever with numerous meetings, multiple calendars to be cognizant of, tending to the day-to-day operations, not to mention extinguishing any fires that come up. Can you relate? It can be challenging to make time for inspiration. Yet it is beneficial to expose ourselves to information that motivates us to grow and transcend. Here are some ideas to help keep the creative juices flowing for the busy person on the go:
The Power of Process
Earlier this week, I was meeting with one of our clients about what makes companies unique. Is it that we hire better staff? Is it that we have so much more clarity around what we do? What we ultimately agreed on, is that what makes us unique and makes our work with clients so successful is our process.
The Cost of Churn in Small Business
Another summer is now in the books, and wow, what an intense summer it's been for us here at Delegate. My team has been pushed to the max as we’ve navigated some really tricky stuff! Collectively, we showed up and pulled together as a team to help out. I’m proud and grateful for each of my team members!
As an entrepreneur, finding and retaining talent is one of the most crucial parts of growing your business. Because we have small teams, getting it right equates to growth and getting it wrong leads down a cyclic path of lost energy spent hiring, training and re-training. All of which kills productivity and profitability, costing us time (limited), money (limited) and leading to burnout (boo!).
Happy Independence Week!
Happy Friday! Hope you and yours found some time to relax and enjoy our mid-week Indepence Day break! There's lots to celebrate when it comes to the freedoms we enjoy. At Delegate Freedom is one of our favorite words, as it represents space for us to do our best work. This month, we celebrate and recognize some of our favorite accomplishments for the first half of the year (and you should do the same!). Below are a few of our faves:
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I’m Lane Kennedy, Life Liberator & Business Igniter for go-getting women who are ready to break free of “expectations” and comfort zones. I believe that...women can and do change the world, and we do it better when we’re doing it together. With this belief guiding me, I’ve...