Launch Wisdom: Productize Your Services

Helm station

Like a ship’s captain, you must plot your route, meticulously considering the changing currents, shoals and tides.

There are many approaches to entrepreneurship — purchasing a franchise, acquiring an established company, freelancing as an independent contractor or starting a brand new venture of your own. Each model has its own unique set of benefits and challenges. It’s a big step to migrate from being part of a crew to captaining the ship.

It can be lonely at the helm

I’ve helped a number of clients navigate the transition from a corporate career to entrepreneurship. In fact, I did the same myself back in 2010.

Buoyed by creative energy and enthusiasm, it’s common to plunge in without cognizance of the enormity of going it alone — at least initially, when everything from business development and managing the books to providing the actual service of your business falls directly in your lap. Even for those who instigate the change thoughtfully and deliberately, the scale and scope of launching a business are surprisingly complex. (more…)

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Lost on LinkedIn? Tips to Navigate The Redesign

Sigh. Just when you were getting into a regular routine schmoozing with your network on LinkedIn … Poof! Everything changed. Yep, another redesign — this one intended to more “easily surface ideas, drive conversations … be more productive and stay connected,” according to LinkedIn. The new experience is being rolled out gradually with some features and functionality not yet widely available.

Change is hard

We all have too much to do and too little time … so adapting to user experience changes — even if they are ultimately positive — can be irritating. So to save you some frustration (and a few precious minutes), we’re offering guidance on how to accomplish some key items in the new LinkedIn experience. (more…)

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The Power Of An Emotional Response

Cheerios emotional connection

 

Emotion is a powerful motivator.

Consider the iconic Superbowl ad where the Budweiser Clysdale races through city streets to reunite with the trainer who raised him. The ad touches the hearts of even the most stoic among us.

Or the Cheerio’s box packaging themed “Made For Little Hands.” For any parent, it recalls days of tiny sticky fingers and the overwhelming intensity of parental love. Again, our response is visceral and emotional.

The Budweiser ad never mentions any product attributes, while Cheerios cites the nutritional benefits of the product only as a post-script with the tagline “Learn more about the goodness inside.”

Can you imagine if your client interactions were even half that intense?  (more…)

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Time To Stop Reinventing The Wheel

Reinvent the wheel

“It’s easier to just do it myself”

How often have you said those words? Explaining the required steps to complete a task can seem more cumbersome than just handling it — especially when you include a quality-check, fix any errors and provide feedback. And (even if we don’t like to admit it), many of us like handling those easy tasks because they produce a sense of accomplishment — even if they’re not the pressing items we should be focused on.

The ugly truth: Doing everything yourself will ensure that your business won’t scale to the next level.

How did I do that again?

The words above are another common refrain for many of us. When a task is simple, you are certain you’ll remember how to do it the next time. If something is an absolute bear to figure out, you figure there’s no way you’ll ever forget. But our brains are deluged with input and can actually become overloaded, making seemingly basic tasks not just complicated, but frustrating and overwhelming. (more…)

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