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16 QUESTIONS FOR FREE AGENTS by Seth Godin

Posted in "16 Questions for Free Agents" by Seth Godin, General Management, Life Management with tags , , , , , , , on July 30, 2010 by Robert Finkelstein

In addition to the inspirational quotes, the beautiful images, my own personal and business blogs, the recommended reading list, and information on my consulting business, I would like to share some of the writings of various thought leaders…in particular, one of my favorites, SETH GODIN.


16 QUESTIONS FOR FREE AGENTS
by Seth Godin

If you’re starting out as an entrepreneur or a freelancer or a project manager, the most important choice you’ll make is: what to do? As in the answer to the question, “what do you do?”

Some questions to help you get started:

1. Who are you trying to please?
2. Are you trying to make a living, make a difference, or leave a legacy?
3. How will the world be different when you’ve succeeded?
4. Is it more important to add new customers or to increase your interactions with existing ones?
5. Do you want a team? How big? (I know, that’s two questions)
6. Would you rather have an open-ended project that’s never done, or one where you hit natural end points? (How high is high enough?)
7. Are you prepared to actively sell your stuff, or are you expecting that buyers will walk in the door and ask for it?
8. Which: to invent a category or to be just like Bob/Sue, but better?
9. If you take someone else’s investment, are you prepared to sell out to pay it back?
10. Are you done personally growing, or is this project going to force you to change and develop yourself?
11. Choose: teach and lead and challenge your customers, or do what they ask…
12. How long can you wait before it feels as though you’re succeeding?
13. Is perfect important? (Do you feel the need to fail privately, not in public?)
14. Do you want your customers to know each other (a tribe) or is it better they be anonymous and separate?
15. How close to failure, wipe out and humiliation are you willing to fly? (And while we’re on the topic, how open to criticism are you willing to be?)
16. What does busy look like?

In my experience, people skip all of these questions and ask instead: “What can I do that will be sure to work?” The problem, of course, is that there is no sure, and even worse, that you and I have no agreement at all on what it means for something to work.

– Seth Godin

If you’re interested in a complimentary 30-minute business strategy session, for more information, please refer to my Behind the Scenes Consulting. If you have questions, please email me at Consulting@RobertFinkelstein.com. I welcome your comments below. Thank you.

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Four Perspectives on “GROWTH” by Allen, Waitley, Fox and Bennett

Posted in "Four Perspectives on Growth" by James Allen, Denis Waitley, Emmet Fox and Arnold Bennett, General Management, Life Management with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2010 by Robert Finkelstein

In addition to the inspirational quotes, the beautiful images, my own personal and business blogs, the recommended reading list, and information on my consulting business, I would like to share some of the writings of various thought leaders.

Four Perspectives on “GROWTH” by James Allen, Denis Waitley, Emmet Fox and Arnold Bennett

“Let a person rejoice when he is confronted with obstacles, for it means that he has reached the end of some particular line of indifference or folly, and is now called upon to summon up all his energy and intelligence in order to extricate himself, and to find a better way; that the powers within him are crying out for greater freedom, for enlarged exercise and scope.” – James Allen

“As long as we are persistent in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time.” – Denis Waitley

“It is the Law that any difficulties that can come to you at any time, no matter what they are, must be exactly what you need most at the moment, to enable you to take the next step forward by overcoming them. The only real misfortune, the only real tragedy, comes when we suffer without learning the lesson.” – Emmet Fox

“The real tragedy is the tragedy of the man who never in his life braces himself for his one supreme effort, who never stretches to his full capacity, never stands up to his full stature.” – Arnold Bennett

If you’re interested in a complimentary 30-minute business strategy session, for more information, please refer to my Behind the Scenes Consulting. If you have questions, please email me at Consulting@RobertFinkelstein.com. I welcome your comments below. Thank you.

Make Sure You’re Aligned

Posted in General Management with tags , , , , , , , on June 23, 2009 by Robert Finkelstein

report_cardWhether you’re a hands-on or hands-off business owner, a manager with direct reports, or a manager with none, I assume you’re using some method of measuring your team’s performance. But you know what they say about assuming.

You can’t manage what you can’t measure. That will undoubtedly be the subject of a few blogs.

Today, let’s consider Performance Management. There are different names for it, but essentially it’s refers to a system for strategically aligning the goals of the business and the objectives of the employees. Basically, it’s an outline created by the employee which defines their most important responsibilities (five’s a good number) and how (five ways) they’ll be achieved within a predetermined time frame. I would recommend doing these quarterly. Once completed (usually a simple template), the manager should review each one to insure that the employee has accurately and clearly defined what they must accomplish, and most importantly, they are in alignment with the company’s needs. Some tweaking might need to take place. If the employee is way off, then you could have a serious lack of communication going on. crewing

Be diligent about these. They really are a great way to manage, direct and hold your team accountable.

Ah, but there’s more. You could do a personal one too. In the next three months, what do you want to accomplish, and how will you do it? Hold yourself accountable or work with a partner. I also suggest that one section be dedicated to personal growth. Work on the health of your body and mind too.

Start measuring, and you might just grow.

If you have any questions or comments,
please write them below or email me at Robert@RobertFinkelstein.com.