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Opportunistic Outsourcing – FINAL Post

2019-11-04T18:36:09+00:00November 4th, 2019|

Even when individuals are assigned difficult challenges, when they are involved in the decision, there is a huge increase in performance. Those who volunteer look at projects as developmental, while those who are assigned regard the task as hard labor. Take the initiative now to truly engage the hearts and minds of your team, so [...]

Opportunistic Outsourcing – 13th Post: Just Ask (continued)

2019-10-30T15:06:55+00:00October 30th, 2019|

More questions to ask to assess the present and design the future: • What would you be excited to take on? (projects, responsibilities, clients) • When was the last time you feel like you massively over-delivered on something? What was it, and why did you work so hard? • What would make you listen to [...]

Opportunistic Outsourcing – 12th Post: Just Ask

2019-10-28T15:36:48+00:00October 28th, 2019|

Not sure what to outsource, and to whom? Challenge yourself to get to know those on your team. Ask questions to assess the present and design the future: • When you come to work each day, what things do you look forward to? • What are you learning here? What have you not yet been [...]

Opportunistic Outsourcing – 11th Post: Survivorship Bias (continued)

2019-10-23T13:55:24+00:00October 23rd, 2019|

An additional option is to opportunistically outsource. Give others the chance to take on tasks and responsibilities they succeed with and are passionate about. Be sensitive to the skills and interests of individuals; match the dreamer with more creative tasks and the perfectionist with the detail-oriented projects. Just think how much more would get done [...]

Opportunistic Outsourcing 8th Post: Survivorship Bias (continued)

2019-10-09T14:51:09+00:00October 9th, 2019|

For every Branson, Gates, and Zuckerberg, there are thousands, if not millions, of other entrepreneurs who dropped out of school and failed in business. We just don’t hear about them, and so we don’t take them into account. The misconception? You should focus on the successful if you wish to become successful. Read upcoming posts [...]

Opportunistic Outsourcing 7th Post: Survivorship Bias

2019-10-08T17:06:38+00:00October 8th, 2019|

When you focus too heavily on the “survivors” of a given group, you tend to ignore essential qualities about the rest of the population. Take entrepreneurship; we tend to gravitate toward the most successful entrepreneurs in the world when we study examples. Richard Branson, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg all dropped out of school; learning [...]

Opportunistic Outsourcing – 5th Post: The Shift (continued)

2019-09-30T19:56:34+00:00September 30th, 2019|

Think less about performance management and think more about professional development. Do you spend the same amount of time talking about where you see a key contributor’s career going as you do talking about how they are doing with deadlines or quotas? Is your coaching equally dedicated to skills that will help them achieve in [...]

Opportunistic Outsourcing – 4th Post: The Shift

2019-09-27T12:52:22+00:00September 27th, 2019|

Stop thinking of outsourcing as the things you no longer want to do, and look instead at the opportunities you could create for others. A great leader is always one step ahead of career path advancement for key contributors. Take a moment (or a few hours) to evaluate each direct report you have; who do [...]

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