The Do’s and Don’ts to Making Stuff and Things Happen

1. Don’t make it so difficult to brainstorm a good idea. It’s not that hard. Simply.

2. Stop forming boards and committees that wreck ideas and projects. If your board or committee is not adding value and challenging you to draw outside the lines and take risks, then get rid of it.

3. Make your team lean and mean so that you can actually get shit done. The more people, the more time, the less stuff and things you will be able to get done.

4. Don’t make products that suck. Make products that knock people’s socks off. Make stuff people really want. Make stuff that changes people lives.

5. Get stuff done…..on time. If you have to work around the clock to get it done, then that is just what you have to do. It is what it is. Deal with it.

6. Put time pressure on yourself and your team. Put in place deadlines. Sometimes make it urgent. All of these things will drive you to get more done.

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What would you add? What is on your list of do’s and don’ts? 

 

Winning teams have diversity and perspective

Everyday, I’m learning what my strengths are and who else I need to surround myself with to win in business. What I’ve learned, (The hard way as always) is that you need to know your gaps and be willing to fill them in with people who offset you. Don’t try to be a hard ass and go at it alone…you will fail hard.

When you think about your company and all the things you need like: strategy, innovation, finance, marketing, management, hiring – these things aren’t made up of one person, but you do need these people on your team. If you don’t have them, you lose the game.

There are things that I’m good at, such as vision, strategy, marketing, and getting people fired about a project and the potential that it has to change the game. However, when it comes to things like management or finances, I suck (and I’m happy to say that). This is why you need a diverse team.

The other thing you need is perspective. Perspective is something that all winnings teams have – a team of people all looking at things in very different ways. I might see it this way, when she or he sees it a totally different way. But, as we come together afterwards we can put our heads together and come up with a fantastic solution.

The collective perspective of a group of diverse leaders is what will in the end allow you to win the game. Value a diverse team, value perspectives, and get started building.

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What kind of team are you building?

 

Why realistic optimism?

Over the years I’ve been an overly optimistic person not always looking at the reality of the situation – it got me into trouble more than once. If you know me personally, you can probably appreciate the above statement. This has since changed (In the last year or so) and it’s treating me very well.

I was the fired up dude drinking the Kool aid not willing to face and embrace that which was real. Why? I don’t know why, really. Maybe  the thought of failure scared the shit out of me. So, instead of focusing on that, I would just focus on being optimistic and hoping and wishing for the best.

I was also raised that way. My mom is probably one of the most optimistic people you will ever meet. And, she was the one making the Kool aid!!! Haha.

Looking back, I use to say things like this, “Everything is going to be fine, we just need to keep going!”. Not taking the time to analyze the problem or challenge and build “several” plans that could be executed. This was so stupid of me to say these kind of things. Idiotic. If I would have only been more realistic with a dash of optimism. Not to drown on that though. There is a fix.

I haven’t given up on optimism, I’ve just decided to lean on the side of realistic optimism where today I say things like, “We are up against some serious challenges and here is how we propose to overcome them. We are not sure any of this will work, these are just the plans we’ve come up with thus far to address them. And, I do believe that together, as a team, as passionate warriors, (You need to be a warrior if you want to be in business today) we will meet these obstacles and challenges and find a way over them. I don’t doubt it for a second.”

This is what it looks like to express realistic optimism. Feels just as good, and, it is realistic!

Have fun and keep it real friends!