The Monthly Reset

Whether it’s the first day of a new month or last day of the previous month you need a reset.

Not a week long vacation in the Turks and Caicos, but a one-hour conversation with yourself where you ask the following questions.

What did I accomplish?

What worked?

What didn’t work?

Where did I go wrong?

Where did I go right?

What do I need to repeat?

What do I need to tweak?

What do I want to achieve next month?

If you’re not asking yourself these questions every month, then you’re not challenging yourself to keep getting better.

When to Get Worried

When trying to solve a complex problem and people want less information on the solution.

When everyone is saying “Yes” to everything you are saying.

When there have been no changes to a problem, but the code starts to work.

When the requirements change, but no one knows.

When people start saying “it should just work”.

Those are the moments when you should start getting worried, not because something could go wrong but because it already has.

LinkedIn Automation Gone Bad

LinkedIn is a great tool for meeting people in your field of expertise or finding those with similar interests that you might share.

But where LinkedIn has an inadvertent habit of going bad is where it has started to provide stock responses to invites.

“Congrats on the new Job”

“Not Interested”

“Thank you”

The intent is there to make our interactions faster to process so we can continue on the line to more, more, more but the quality is decreasing.

Prompt me to congrats a colleague on their promotion but leave the content to me so I can write something personal they will appreciate it.  Don’t force me to delete the stock response and then add my own.

A step in the right direction is the new “Add Note” functionality when trying to connect with someone (not available on mobile at the time of this writing) so you can really customize that experience if you were not doing it before.

While some Automation is good, it should have its limits and I for one, would welcome the ability to disable these prompts across my profile.

The One Rule of Email

If you wouldn’t say it someone’s face, don’t say it in an email, because eventually it will get back to that person.

The rule applies to those in the following Age Category…

0 – 110

If you are older than 110, I hope you are doing something else other than Email.

Some Recent Reading

If you’re looking for new books to read, here are some that I’ve either read over the years or just recently that I very much enjoyed.

Leading at the Edge

A great glimpse into Shackleton’s journey that did not go as planned yet came out on the other side the better for it.  (side note: so good, I permanently borrowed from a place of work many years ago when we were moving).

Steal Like An Artist

You’ll read it in a few hours but the lessons will stay with you forever, it is one of the most powerful books ever.

The Dip

Another small book written by Seth Godin that I have re-read through many a time.  If you’re in the midst of a tough decision, buy and enjoy.

The War of Art

From my lessons learned in altMBA, this book was a fantastic read on making it happen, stop complaining, just do it.

The $100 Startup

Ideas and lessons from past and current freelancers and entrepreneurs – we live in a new age where you don’t need a bankroll to get started.

Creativity Inc

Two Words: Brain Trust.

I didn’t do long thought out summaries of each book, the goal is for you to go read the book not the summary – besides why ruin the surprises for you.