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Who's in charge

Who’s in charge?


https://www.smallfish.us/whos-in-charge/

This should be an easy question to answer, right? You’re the boss, so you’re steering the ship! But there’s a good chance that when I listen to you, I’m hearing you mention a lot of other people. The employee who called in sick. Those customers who just keep demanding. The weather....

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Is this the year

Is this the year?


https://www.smallfish.us/is-this-the-year/

Maybe you’ve been discouraged because the better future you’ve been hoping for still doesn’t seem to be on the horizon. At some point, though, you’re going to have to make it happen. It’s going to take focused, intentional effort. That’s what it means to be a leader. I was thinking about...

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starts up fail

The #1 Reason Startups Fail


https://www.smallfish.us/the-1-reason-startups-fail/

Recently, CB Insights tabulated the top 20 reasons startups fail. There are some fascinating conclusions in there, but I simply want to focus on the top reason, the one which contributes to 42% of failures: No market need. At one level, this is the most obvious conclusion, not worth more thought. But...

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what will matter in 10 years

What will matter in ten years?


https://www.smallfish.us/what-will-matter-in-ten-years/

This is an insanely busy time for some of you, while others are taking the chance to settle back a bit and prepare for next year’s challenges. But wherever you’re at, it’s always good to maintain perspective. That’s what leaders do, right? No doubt you’ve heard that “when you’re on your...

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agility

Agility


https://www.smallfish.us/agility/

We all struggle with the idea of when to change and how much. And when you’re leading a team of people, everything you do is magnified in impact – both positive and negative. But there’s a key which helps give you some direction. Know your foundation. The foundation of your business...

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asking for support

Asking for support


https://www.smallfish.us/asking-for-support/

I needed the support of so many people to get through 2019! After being pronounced free of prostate cancer, I’ve had the chance to reflect on how important that was. We don’t like to ask for help. Especially in the business context, we want to present this image of professionalism. Having...

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lost in the valley

Lost in the valley?


https://www.smallfish.us/lost-in-the-valley/

This is SUCH a common phenomenon; I see it all the time. You’re busy doing a million things, but you’re in a fog about why. Time to climb up above the murkiness, my friends. And look at the big picture. This is what happens when you’re faced with a big “life...

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