Episode 19: Find Your Own Success with Jake Ducey

Highlights of this episode:

  • When Jake dropped out of college at age 19 to backpack the world, it wasn’t about quitting everything; it was about making a difference.
  • Jake taught himself how to write, sold his books door to door, and ended up making the Amazon bestseller list.

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Episode 18: She-Factoring the Tech Startup World with Thursday Bram

Highlights of this episode:

  • Thursday shares her experience in becoming a freelancing entrepreneur.
  • A lot of tech companies want to be seen as progressive and modern, but most of those companies are limited by their manager’s limited ability to see beyond his/her own experiences.

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How to Prevent Dunkirk Spirit from Burning Out Your Team

Have you ever experienced a situation in which, despite terrible planning and decision-making, a team rallies and accomplishes a daunting goal through valiant efforts, long hours, and/or sheer tenacity? Most of us have, and it’s all too often the case that this rallying becomes a new norm or expectation for a team. After all, if a team can rally and win in this way once, why can’t they do it all the time?

In their book Antipatterns: Managing Software Organizations and People, Neill, Laplante, and DeFranco call this pattern “Dunkirk Spirit,” after the courageous efforts of the English civilian sailors who rescued the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) during the Battle of Dunkirk in World War II. The whole reason the BEF needed to be rescued was that Allied commanders had drastically underestimated the power of the Nazi forces.

There’s an odd paradox about Dunkirk Spirit episodes: on the one hand, they can be incredible rally points, and on the other, they can be unproductive and even damaging. In any high-performing team, you’re going to get occasional – perhaps even frequent – episodes of Dunkirk Spirit from different individuals or parts of a team, but because of its intensity, Dunkirk Spirit can’t be something that’s a regular or expected part of a team’s performance.

There are a few reasons why Dunkirk Spirit can’t be a regular team expectation: Read more on How to Prevent Dunkirk Spirit from Burning Out Your Team…

Episode 17: Life Out of the Box with Jonathon and Quinn

Life out of the Box

Highlights of this episode:

  • Entrepreneurship is difficult, but rewarding
  • The longer you stay where you are, the more excuses you will make
  • What it takes to live life out of the box

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Chunking Your Projects Down Helps Get Them Done

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs. – Henry Ford

Ideas have an annoying habit of not showing up as doable projects. They show up either as loose goals (as opposed to SMART goals) or, even worse, as “wouldn’t it be cool/nice/fun if …” nudges that immediately take up residence in that crowded part of our brain and leech small amounts of cognitive energy until they all revolt. (Or maybe that’s just me.)

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Episode 16: Run the Point with Mike Bruny

In this episode you will learn:

  • What is a brand inside a brand
  • The purpose and challenges of building a personal brand
  • What you can do when you are angry with where you are

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Episode 15: Cultivating Creativity During Motherhood with Lucy Pearce

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In this episode you will learn:

  • What is a Creative Rainbow Mother – the type that struggles with really being a mother
  • What is the Crazy Woman Aspect – the shadow of the Creative Rainbow Mother

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