Productivity

High Tempo Testing: How To Manage Your Startup’s Growth Team

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Facebook looks at daily active users.

Airbnb.com uses bookings.

At Clarity – my previous company – we obsessed over completed calls.

These are called North Star Metrics.

It’s a clear metric that your growth team focuses on to move the needle.

The key is that it captures the value created for your customers, and allows everyone on the team – and really the company – to drive this forward.

But how do you come up with the right ideas to move this number?

How do you prioritize the right metric to get your growth engine revving? Read More

Tools For Entrepreneurs: Managing Software Development

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In 2001, I got a job I wasn’t qualified for.

I was hired by a big oil company to lead a new project with dozens of developers to build a product that would be used by every employee in the company.

No pressure, right?

On the first day, the hiring manager realized I was in way over my head and pulled me aside to tell me I had 2 weeks to “figure things out”.

Umm… ok?

I had no clue what that meant… but the stakes were clear, and I couldn’t lose this project.

I hadn’t worked in 2 months and if I failed, it meant moving back in with my parents. Read More

How To Create a Business Playbook™ (aka SOP’s: Standard Operating Procedures) for Your Startup

By | Productivity, Startups, Strategy | 7 Comments

Are you down with SOP’s?

Some call em’ Standard Operating Procedures, I call them Playbooks.

If you’re tired of putting out fires in your business, then you’ll need them to keep your sanity.

Recently I had the privilege of having dinner w/ the Godfather of system design for entrepreneurs, Michael Gerber (author of The E-Myth / 10M copies sold).

I shared my story of how his book transformed everything for me.

At 23 I was set on starting another company for the 3rd time (the first two failed), but I was deadset on doing it differently.

Listen to the full story on my Facebook page (10m21s).

Gerber’s book, taught me a new way to think about business. Read More

Distribution Days: How To Theme Your Work Days

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My hope for this week’s video is to help you avoid burnout.

A few weeks ago I was coaching a client, a modern day martyr who voluntarily went through a 5 year grind of 100+ hour works and missed out on watching his kids grow up.

He was first to leave in the morning and came home after they were in bed.

All in the name of “doing it all for his family.”

That’s such a tonne of crap.

Your family doesn’t want all the “riches”.  

They want you.

A present parent. Not an inconvenienced entrepreneur.

No one told you you had to grow your business by 3X over the next 12 months…

… that’s a self inflicted wound.

The good news is I was able to show him a different way.

A more productive way.

One where you can still be driven, grow and build a great business… Read More

The Way To Measure Your Productivity As An Entrepreneur

By | Metrics, Productivity, Strategy | 12 Comments

How much value did you create today? What about yesterday?

Want to know the best way to score yourself?

You need to learn the Entrepreneurial Scorecard (all credit goes to Todd Herman, creator of the 90 Day Year).

This framework is the only one I’ve found that allows founders to self evaluate their daily activities and accurately measure how those tasks measure up with your business’s growth.

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5 Lessons Learned After 100+ Videos on YouTube

By | Motivation, Personal, Productivity | 12 Comments

IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!

(and I’m wearing my party shirt today!)

It’s also the 100th episode of my YouTube business channel?!

Crazy, right?…

… both fell on the same day!

You think it’s a sign? You betcha!

So, today is a special video 🙂

Over the past 100 weeks I’ve published a video every Monday with insights and strategies to live a bigger life, and grow a bigger business.

Honestly, at first I was worried I’d run out of things to say… Read More

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