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Make a Commitment to "Good Enough"

HELLO | TWELVE, AUGUST 2019


TGIF, Happy Friday and hello from the coast of North Carolina, where a group from Team Delegate has assembled for our annual retreat. Given that we are a 100% remote, distributed team, this year's retreat is really exciting for us because we have the opportunity to spend face time with the members of our NC contingent of Delegate.

This month I've been thinking a lot about commitment.  It could be because my fiancee and I just added another dog (third!!) to our family that commitment is heavy on my mind!  Or, perhaps it's my own personal evolution of hanging in there even when things are not "perfect" because I made a commitment to do so.  Either way, honoring our commitments is not always the easy choice, but it is a mindset shift that brings with it personal growth, stability and consistency.

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How to Move From Make it Up to Make it Real

HELLO | TWELVE, jULY 2019


TGIF, Happy Friday and happy Independence Day!

As Visionaries, our greatest contribution is our ability to see our companies as globally as possible. We are uniquely able to understand and prioritize the most pressing needs, and then design creative solutions to to move forward.

I don't know how this process typically works for you, but for me it's typically super-organic and instinctual. Once we identify the problem, I give myself the space to creatively think about how we might solve it. Or sometimes, I'm not even thinking about it at all, and the answer suddenly just comes to me. What a feeling, right? :)

The challenge then lies in how to take this idea and model it, build it, test it and roll it out. This is where our team can become a true complement to our abilities. I follow a simple process to make my ideas real:

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How to Take a Sabbatical From Your Business

HELLO | TWELVE, jUNE 2019

TGIF, Happy Friday! I am back in the office this week, fresh off a 3 week sabbatical-- my first! It was quite detoxifying and I am happy to report it was also a success. Thanks to a lot of planning, delegation and accountability, I was able to completely step away from running my business for three whole weeks and watch it run without me... and nothing blew up! It was divinely indulgent. Want to do the same?

Below are my tips to make this happen:

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Too Busy to Grow?

HELLO | TWELVE, january 2019

 

TGIF, Happy Friday welcome to a shiny new quarter! A client once said to me, "If I could spend half as much time on half as many things, I would be twice as effective." This thought while profound, is a trend we see over and over again in our work. The endless wheel-spinning of urgent but lower-value work distracts us, especially in times of growth it becomes amplified because our time is not just focused on innovating but on delivering.

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Time Blocking Strategy

LEARN | TWELVE, APRIL 2019 

You know the what and the how, but do you know the when?

Like most professionals, you’re probably a planner.  You have your “to do” lists and your carefully laid out directions on what to do and how to do it.  But do you plan when to do those things?  If not, you may often find yourself jumping from task to task, maybe feeling a little overwhelmed by your “to do” lists and not getting as much accomplished in a day as you’d originally intended.  Have no fear, time blocking is here to help! Elon Musk does it, so does Bill Gates, you’ll be in good company!

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How To LOVE Your Work

HELLO | TWELVE, january 2019

 

Happy Friday and February to you! It's the month of love and there's not much that can top the fulfilling feeling of doing work that inspires you. One of my favorite entrepreneurial thought leaders, Dan Sullivan of Strategic Coach® teaches that "the most successful people are those who have learned how to focus on and leverage their unique strengths. In other words, they build their lives around their abilities, not their disabilities." He began talking about his realizations as “Unique Ability®," the essence of what you love to do and naturally do best.

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Utilize Otter and CloudApp to Increase Productivity

LOVE | TWELVE, FebruARY 2019

Otter is the smart note-taking and collaboration app that business people, students, and journalists use to get more value from meetings, calls, video conferences, interviews, lectures, and wherever important conversations happen. Record conversations right from your phone or computer. Import or sync recordings from other services. Integrate seamlessly with Zoom. Get real-time captions and, within minutes, a searchable transcript synched with audio and photos plus speakers and key phrases.

Share or export voice notes to inform others and get on the same page. Create groups to invite collaborators and keep organized. Otter’s free version includes 600 minutes of transcription per month or enjoy premium service with 6,000 minutes of transcription for $9.99 per month or $79.99 annually. Otter also offers a student discount for $4.99 month.

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Let it go!

HELLO | TWELVE, january 2019

 

Happy Friday and welcome to the start of another amazing year together! 2018 will be so hard to top, but this year, I personally am focusing on "taking the time to take it in." This means extending the energy to be present, it means hyperfocusing on what I am saying yes to and being willing to say no to most everything else.

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Holiday Wishes from Delegate!

HELLO | TWELVE, DECEMBER 2018

 

Happy Friday and welcome to the last month of the year! I hope this year has been as wonderful for you as it has been for me. Forty was definitely fabulous, and filled with so many positive things. As I reflect on the last year, I can think of so many things to be thankful for both personally and professionally, below are our top 10 for 2018:

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Project Management Innovation - Instagantt

LEARN | TWELVE, DECEMBER 2018 

At Delegate Solutions we work with entrepreneurs from a wide variety of backgrounds and pride ourselves on being thoughtful and innovative problem solvers that can find a solution to most obstacles and can customize our strategy to suit our clients.

I was recently working with a client that has used Asana for many years but abandons the project management tool at times of high stress. As we worked to identify what obstacles kept him from implementing projects in Asana to completion, we identified that he is a visual learner and needed a tool that would provide a visual map of the workflow. I looked for a free online project management tool that could incorporate a Gantt chart view and ultimately decided to use Instagantt. Instagantt is a tool that syncs with Asana (or as a standalone) to provide a Gantt chart view for project and workload management. There are numerous benefits and it requires little effort to set up projects.

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