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Managing a small team or business comes with a unique set of challenges. With limited resources and man power - it's easy for things to often times feel chaotic and out of your control. How can you as a leader accomplish your goals while keeping your team engaged, effective, and accountable? This podcast will give you practical strategies that you can implement now to lead your team or business to reach it's fullest potential.
 
This podcast is for aspiring entrepreneurs and those that want to become a designer and implementor of great software solutions. We look at the whole skill set that makes a great developer. This includes tech skills, business and entrepreneurial skills, and life-hacking so you have the time to get the job done while still enjoying life,
 
You've grown your business successfully, built a team around you, and expanded into new markets. But you've hit a wall. Growth has slowed, you know you're not getting the most out of your team, you feel like your business is running your life, and you feel your clarity around which direction to head slipping away. What you need is traction. A proven system to take back control of your business and your life doled out in quick, actionable steps that are easy to implement. Join certified Entre ...
 
The Agency Backstage Pass is created for marketing agency owners who want to power their companies with world-class practices, processes, tools, and people. Host Clodagh Higgins will give you a backstage pass inside rockstar marketing agencies– interviewing their owners and senior executives about creative solutions to address common agency challenges. If you work in a marketing agency, and you’re looking for tips and systems to help create more flexibility and freedom, this podcast is for y ...
 
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We wrap up the main part of the conversation with Sam McNeill as we mention difficult conversations. That is a perfect start for his stories about building a team and maintaining high morale. Next, we discuss roles and cross-training in the wild without getting into the academic terms and suggestions. Take notes as this is a valuable conversation. …
 
We continue our multi-part series of interviews with Sam McNeill with a look at when things go wrong and an examination of leaders. There are times that we go a little off the rails and times where things go completely awry. The way you respond can help keep the former from stumbling into the latter. When Things Go Wrong, And They Will Sam has a hi…
 
When it comes down to it, there are four things that don’t encourage a companies business to be shared by all. It may not be simplified enough so that it is really clear, may not be agreed on by everyone, may not be written down, or isn’t repeated enough. While these four things may not make sense initially, EOS can help you make sense of these pil…
 
We continue our interview with Sam with a deeper dive into enthusiasm. He describes how his love of his job helps him to win customers. However, that is just the beginning. He then goes into some excellent examples of how professionalism leads to customer success. There is more to winning over customers than simply getting that sale. He walks us th…
 
We start our next series of interviews with an example of what happens when you love your job. Sam McNeill is highly successful and entertaining because of the energy he brings. You will see that as we go through a discussion of his background, his challenges, and becoming a key part of the success of a company he loves, SongDivision. A Natural Tal…
 
We jump into a discussion about repetition as key to your brand success. However, the next topic of style stages is just as critical. Then, we touch on several nuggets and suggestions to wrap up our interview with DP. He provides a few challenges and valuable insight to leave you with plenty of food for thought. Style Stages A key concept for this …
 
This episode starts right away with a continuation of the niche brands discussion. We then move to DP's thoughts on social media and using those tools. He even moves into examples of live-streaming and ways to use these tools no matter your strengths. Niche Brands - Livestream Anything DP dropped a couple of examples that are highly niche right out…
 
People believe that if they surround themselves with a cloak of invincibility, that is what people will respect in a leader. In reality, having some sort of vulnerability can actually pay off far greater. You can become a genuine and authentic leader by putting yourself out there and showing who you truly are. If you are able to be vulnerable, peop…
 
We dig into the ways to build a non-fiction brand in episode two. The focus is on brand first principles and sticking to truth in building upon it. DP starts with his "a-ha" moment that took years to develop. Then he weaves a series of points to help us build a brand, personal or otherwise. Write Some Stuff The non-fiction idea started with a simpl…
 
We continue our interviews with the first part of our discussion with the author of nonfiction brands - DP Knudten. His book sparked my interest, and now we get to sit down and talk to him. We cover a lot about brands, both personal and corporate. Thus, you will have a better grasp of these concepts after listening to him. NonFiction Brands - Sell …
 
We wrap up the interview with Dale L. Roberts sharing his professional publishing secret. He tells us to get started and be consistent. However, he shows us that a love of our work is always key to success. We need the drive to be successful, and the more we love our work, the more that comes naturally to us. Professional Publishing Secret - Burn T…
 
An interview of a self-publishing expert is not complete without a discussion of "publish wide." That refers to the many platforms available to publish your book. It includes traditional print books, audiobooks, and e-books. Therefore, the conversation with Dale L. Roberts continues to look at how we can grow to reach people. We learn it does not m…
 
If you get a bag of oranges and a single orange turns moldy, it’s amazing how quickly the rest of the oranges in the bag go moldy as well. A person in your company who doesn’t share your culture is just like a moldy orange, and this attitude can spread just like the mold in a bag of oranges. You have to remove the people who don’t fit in the cultur…
 
We continue our discussion with Dale L. Roberts with a discussion around how to define your audience. That is an important step in any product. Books and written content are no different. We continue the discussion with getting that book written and your first steps in self-publishing. Define Your Audience There are some guides that refer to your i…
 
.This episode starts a new multi-part set of interviews with Dale L. Roberts. He is a guru of self-publishing with dozens of books to his name. The focus is how to get started, platforms you can use, and how to find success in this far-ranging discussion. Our first episode provides background on Dale and getting started. A Self-Publishing Firehose …
 
This bonus episode for our Tim Stratton interview digs deeper into finding a mentor. First, we look at what makes a good mentor relationship. This is a situation where all parties need to contribute to the goals and receive benefits. Thus, the focus is on the relationship itself and what to look for when you desire a mentor. Finding A Mentor Organi…
 
The last part of the series in the Tim Stratton interview goes into how he got here and touches on mentor relationships. While we stick to the specifics, there are some valuable generalizations to take away from it. We saved the best for last as we wrap up our time with Tim. Mentor Relationships Change We briefly dropped the idea that Timothy has h…
 
A lot of times we complicate things in life and in business. It might be hard to believe that there are only 3 reasons why employees fail, but it really is that simple. If an employee doesn’t fit with your organization, they aren’t in the right seat, or they are poorly managed, they will have no chance for success. The good news is that all 3 of th…
 
This episode of our interview with Timothy Stratton delves into experiences and how to be a better manager. We compare notes on what has worked for us and traits of those we seek to emulate. While the focus is on developer managers, there are many general suggestions as well. The Better Manager Summary There are many traits of a good manager. We hi…
 
We continue our discussion with Timothy Stratton with a dive into continuing education and how to keep up in the fast-moving world. There are always job responsibilities to address that keep our time at a premium. We talk about finding ways to stay up-to-date and the cost of this career path. The Cost of Continuing Education Let's start with the ba…
 
Part two of our series of interviews with Timothy Stratton looks at his early years. He started with a focus on higher education. That worked well for him, but not directly because of his studies. We explore how the journey taught him more than the academic focus. A Little Background Timothy is a software development manager at XSolis with a strong…
 
We start the next interview with an introduction to Timothy Stratton. He is an experienced developer moving into a role as a manager. This episode focuses on starting a new project and how to ramp up to new technologies. A Little Background Timothy is a software development manager at XSolis with a strong development background. He has a master's d…
 
Verbal hugs, also known as candy coating or a compliment sandwich, may make you feel like you are being nice to a team member when you have something troublesome to tell them. However, verbal hugs can actually make it so that your team doesnt really believe what you are saying, or they are always waiting for the other shoe to drop. Tip toeing aroun…
 
The second part of our interviews with Trevor Ewen focuses on the value of a technical MBA. We discuss the benefits of the degree, the program, and the network it can build. This discussion is a must for those that are considering taking that step. A Little Background Trevor is an experienced software engineer, project manager, and real estate inve…
 
We wrap up the Trevor Ewen interview series with a discussion of building libraries and extending code. While this is often a necessity, there are different ways it can be done to help separate your code from the core or to safely build on it. Your desired approach will vary by application and the customers involved. Extending Code Safely There is …
 
The third of our series of discussion episodes with Trevor Ewen touches on a functional core and imperative shell. This is an approach to building software that uses a strong core to extend to custom solutions. We provide some options for building on your previous solutions in the modern world of software frameworks, libraries, and open-source. Fun…
 
Pruning trees is really important to the tree’s overall growth and health. The same thing can be said for your business. Pruning your business is something that you should be thinking about doing to keep your business strong and healthy. By pruning the people who don’t fit the culture or are in the wrong seat, you can stop holding your organization…
 
We start a new season of episodes full of interviews in a discussion with Trevor Ewen. Building software is an underlying theme of this part of our multi-part series of discussions with him. This also includes the introduction to Trevor and a setup for part 2. A Little Background Trevor is an experienced software engineer, project manager, and real…
 
We all know there are three types of language, the kind you read, the kind you write, and the kind you speak. But did you know there is a fourth type of language? This secret language is the language of business. A lot of businesses don’t realize that it is essential for everyone to be speaking the same language in order to be successful. Instead o…
 
If you could put gratitude in pill form, it would be the most powerful drug ever created. So what does gratitude have to do with business? Great research shows that when teams check-in both personally and professionally when they are having their meetings, gratitude increases. These check-ins bring vulnerability to the table, and can facilitate bet…
 
If there are 100 employees at your organization, you are not just impacting them, but their extended circle as well. This means that up to 10,000 people could be impacted by your organization, which is why leadership is so important. Your leadership team needs to step up and have the hard conversations in order to be the team your company deserves.…
 
Being on the same page might be a term that you think you understand, but sometimes it can take a little bit of translating. Being on the same page starts at the leadership level, because having the leadership team being on 100% of the same page in terms of where the business is going, and how they are going to get there, is essential. A crack in t…
 
Have you ever heard the phrase in your company that ‘everybody is in sales’? We are all selling something, and it is an important skill set. Every company needs new business coming in through the door, and a great sales function is the key to that. It doesn't take a magic wand to improve your sales, it just takes a simple framework consisting of a …
 
We wrap up the season with a focus on the design process. There is a cost to doing this, as with most things of value. However, you will find that the benefits in tighter, easier to maintain, and higher quality code are worth the investment. We can use the tools and frameworks we have to take shortcuts to an object-oriented solution or be better by…
 
Software developers are known for many traits. Unfortunately, one of those is ignoring the keep it simple philosophy. We tend to "show off" our prowess through complex designs and implementations. However, those rarely are the best ones in terms of maintainability and even performance. Simplicity has its benefits. Keep It Simple - Direct Is Better …
 
An often overlooked facet of object-oriented design is how to leverage your language to speed development. Every coding language has features and strengths to make your design or implementation better. We should not design to a language initially. However, we can tailor our implementation and detailed design to take advantage of these features. Lev…
 
As a society, we tend to think of issues as bad things. In reality, issues are not necessarily good or bad, they are opportunities to be dealt with. Successful organizations know that their ability to succeed is directly related to their ability to identify and solve issues of any kind. With open communication and honesty, you can avoid the backcha…
 
There are many areas of life where moderation is required. Object-oriented design complexity is one of those situations. We can create a solution that is highly granular and flexible or one that is monolithic and simple. However, as is often the case, the best solutions find some middle ground that keeps our application flexible and limits complexi…
 
It is hard to think of a facet of software development that programmers dislike more than documentation. This task is almost always pushed to the end, and shortcuts are used wherever possible. However, we also are quick to complain about a lack of documentation when we pick up others' code. Maybe we need to give so we can get. that is the focus of …
 
Testing and Design are often at opposite ends of the software development life-cycle. However, test-driven development is an excellent way to drive our design. It can help us build better classes and improve re-use. This episode focuses on TDD and how it can point us to full-featured classes with better error handling and messages. Test-Driven Deve…
 
We have spent a lot of time on the core concepts of object-oriented design and programming. However, testing object-oriented code is at least as essential to our practical approach. We need to ensure that our code is written with a quality that makes it worth re-using. Otherwise, it is a better use of time to write new code instead of wrangle low-q…
 
When we get to the end of our use of a class instance, we need to clean up after ourselves. This is where destructors come into play. They are similar to constructors in a mirror fashion. While a constructor creates an instance, a destructor removes an instance. Destructors And Resource Release Many languages have a default destructor, much as they…
 
When we create an instance of a class, we often need to do some initialization. Constructors and initializers achieve this goal. These are two different ways to get our data into an instance and are an essential part of our design. In this episode, we examine the design decisions we need to make as we decide how to use these common methods. Constru…
 
In this episode, we look at how to use static attributes and methods in our class design. These are important but can be over-used. They can even be a supported way to break the object-oriented nature of our program. We can "static" our way into a design that can not be extended. Therefore, we need to use these sparingly and with consideration abou…
 
Entreprenuers and entrepreneurial businesses are notorious for getting distracted by the shiny things. So how do good business leaders overcome those distractions? They narrow in on their core focus by figuring out their ‘why’ and their ‘what’. If you are in business to make money, you need to focus on opportunities that fit into why you do what yo…
 
We have spent a few episodes looking at cohesion and coupling. Now it is time to find balance in these two software design approaches. Each approach has strengths and weaknesses. Therefore, our best approach is to combine the strengths while offsetting the weaknesses. This best-fit approach is not as difficult to achieve as it may seem. Cache The M…
 
In object-oriented software, we talk about the concept of coupling. Put simply; this is a small object approach to our solution. It is the opposite end of the spectrum from large-object, or monolithic, designs. In my experience, a developer's bias towards cohesion or coupling often comes from their background. Those that have come from functional l…
 
This episode focuses on cohesion and the idea of using fewer large objects to solve a problem. This approach is often considered the opposite of using more smaller objects. We will find out that there are ways to combine these two different approaches as a best-fit method. Cohesion Strengths We have already defined and provided a summary of cohesio…
 
Cohesion and coupling are options that are often discussed in object-oriented design circles. They are two ways to approach a solution. On the one hand, the solution can be a larger, self-contained approach. On the other hand, the solution can be a core that uses several "helpers" to achieve the objective(s). These are important options for us to c…
 
One of the most prevalent topics of consideration in an object-oriented system is property design. We can keep them simple or create more classes. The first approach is simpler and faster to implement. However, we can use objects to provide hooks we extensibility and scaling out our features. There are trade-offs to be aware of, but we can use some…
 
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