Sniffing Markers: Ep 14 – Accountability & Empowerment

In today’s (New Year’s!) episode, Greg & Colin talk about Accountability and Empowerment. We talk about the difference between these two concepts and what kind of team members come out of accountability and empowerment cultures. We discuss our own experiences and how to empower to create true leaders.

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Fighting the Fear and Anxiety Monster

On a recent episode of The Sniffing Markers Podcast, we talked about Fear and Anxiety and which ways we both try to get over it.

Not being a psychologist in any way, shape or form the only way I have ever found to work through my own Anxiety is to break it into as many steps as possible and tackle each one at a time.

Each alone are minuscule and useless, but together they can get you through it.

Are you on a late night deployment that’s going sideways and it’s your code that’s blowing up?

Get the logs.
Open the compiler.
Look at what is happening.
Validate the communication channels.
Verify the users.
Verify the connection points.
Isolate the problem.

Many little steps, alone they mean nothing, together they solve the problem and stop chickens from running around with their heads cut-off.

Find Your Code Aura

Have you ever experienced that glow effect around your code?

That bright aura that starts off as a dim light but slowly grows brighter and brighter?

The more scenarios and changes that are thrown at your code, the better it performs, updates and minimizes downtime?

Not only does your code look good but so do you?

Actually, people don’t even talk about it being your code any more it’s simply the “INSERT_APP_CODENAME_HERE” – it was a life of its own and commands the respect of all those that connect and interface with it.

That’s the code you want to write.

That’s the code you want to ship.

The Whining Game

I’d like there to be a National Whining Day.

Where for the entire day – there is no school, no work, no projects, no deliverables, no nothing.

Everyone steps outside their door, family, dog and all and lets it out – says everything they need to say about everything that is bothering them at the top of their lungs.

No snippy comments or sarcastic remarks just full on screaming at the top of our lungs about anything and everything that YOU feel is holding YOU back.

Then, in that moment we could take in how silly we look and start to figure out a better way to stop whining about everything and what doesn’tmatter and start working towards what does.

The Business Canvas Model

Writing Business Plans can be laborious and often feel like you are hiding out somewhere instead of actually doing “the work”.

I don’t know how much of it is really avoiding “the work” but I do know they can at times feel incredibly detailed, ornate and when going through the numbers at some point they become magical – especially if you are seeking to a establish a new market or concept.

After reading the book on the Business Model Canvas – I wanted to try out creating my own model for BetaRover Inc and compare the process to what I had currently done before.

What I found from doing this exercise were a few things;

  • I enjoyed doing the multiple iterations and refinements of each section.
  • I found myself adding my own pieces to the mix where I used a highlighter to indicate areas that affected each other and had a dependency on each that needed to be clarified in the next iteration.
  • Different from business plans – the relations between all the different blocks were much clearer to me then if I had done a traditional plan (having had done a number of these plans before myself).

In either case, if you are thinking to start a new company, I would highly recommend making use of the tool before getting started – it’s incredibly helpful and useful.

Whereas you might sweat spending weeks and months doing a plan to “figure it all out”, you can do this in a day and come out with an idea of where you want to go, what you are doing and what’s needed next for you to get started.

All the while asking you the questions that really matter at this stage in your organization’s development.