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.
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.
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.
The Secret Silver Bullet for Entrepreneurs
Welcome to June and the start of summer! I turned 40 yesterday, and in our last issue of 12Lite, I shared some of my favorite life insights from the last 40 years. At the top of my list is that it takes years to become an overnight success. Anyone successful would tell you this, and they would also tell you that it doesn't happen by accident. It's about intention and just figuring out the next best step that you can take to get there.
5 Easy Ways To Keep Your Business Moving While Still Enjoying Your Summer
Drums please! Summer, summer, summertime! Time to sit back and unwind! To me, it’s never officially summer until I hear The Fresh Prince’s summer anthem, Summertime! Summer is meant to be savored and enjoyed, but I can’t tell you how many entrepreneurs I speak to each week who share that they haven’t had a day off in months, or that they are working 16 hours a day, with no time for anyone or anything except their business.
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Delegation: Effective Strategies for Success
For those new to the world of delegation, it can be a daunting - albeit, necessary -undertaking. What do you delegate? Repetitive work items? Personal chores that have taken a backseat? Email management? One of the biggest hurdles is knowing where to start. My suggestion? Keep it simple.
Apple reportedly launching subscription news service - A premium Apple News app
Bloomberg reports that Apple has acquired Texture, known as the “Netflix of magazines” and is now planning to develop its own subscription news service. Texture, which currently offers 200+ magazines for $9.99 per month, will be rolled into Apple’s News team with a new app with subscription option is expected to launch within the next year. Apple has attempted a subscription news service in the past with its Newsstand app. The original app offered digital versions of newspapers and magazines but was discontinued when Apple moved to the Apple News platform instead. There was also a previous partnership with News Corporation to create an iPad only news publication called The Daily. The Daily was discontinued after less than two years with the explanation of a lack of audience to create a sustainable business model.