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Reflecting

Reflecting


https://www.smallfish.us/reflecting/

You might think that today’s message is about reflecting on the year’s goals, and progress made. With what this year has thrown at us, I doubt that ANY of us are on progress with what we were thinking at the beginning of the year. Either way ahead or way behind, perhaps...

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The overly busy life

The overly busy life


https://www.smallfish.us/the-overly-busy-life/

Beware the barrenness of a busy life — Socrates Do you struggle with this? I know I do. I was talking with my coach about this the other day, because I’m in a phase where I’m doing lots of stuff, but not convinced that I’m getting to the important stuff. The Socrates quote gives me...

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A grayscale

A Gray Scale


https://www.smallfish.us/a-gray-scale/

Nothing seems to be clearly black and white anymore. Everything mushes into a vague shade of gray. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. You can make things more clear – especially for the team you work with. It’s about building on what IS clear. If you’re building a house,...

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Extractive

“Extractive” and “Contributive”


https://www.smallfish.us/extractive-and-contributive/

What can my company contribute to society? That’s a remarkably powerful question, and so much different than the typical way of thinking about business. The usual attitude is “extractive” – in other words, how can I get more than an equal share. More customers, more money, more market. That’s a zero-sum...

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copycat

Copycat!


https://www.smallfish.us/copycat/

Where does your strategy come from? If you’re spending most of your energy looking at the competition, then I argue that: By definition, you’re behind. There are several others who probably “own” that space more than you do. Don’t get me wrong: You need to be aware of competitive moves, and...

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The weight of it all

The weight of it all


https://www.smallfish.us/the-weight-of-it-all/

Things seem really heavy right now, don’t they? Emotions are running high because of all the weighty decisions we’re faced with. It’s a complex environment, but you don’t have to react that way. You might even have fun! It somehow seems inconsistent to talk about fun right now, but we need...

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Decisions in Uncertain Times

Decisions in Uncertain Times


https://www.smallfish.us/decisions-in-uncertain-times/

A lot of the people I’m working with are immobilized. These are smart people, experienced. But we’re faced with a situation that few of us have ever seen in our lifetimes. Everything is uncertain. We’re dealing with a virus and recession with no reliable projections for resolution. Literally nobody on the...

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