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Off-Time: It’s OK to Do Nothing

13 hours 20 min ago

On my final trip last year, I had been looking forward to run in Rio de Janeiro, along Ipanema Beach and Copacabana. But British Airways lost my luggage. I had no running gear and no time to purchase alternative shoes and clothes. I felt a bit sad and disappointed.

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Categories: Project Management

The Blame Game

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 12:59
The Blame Game

“You did not receive your order? Well, I did all I could. But they aren’t doing their job properly.”

“They still haven’t paid your invoice? Strange. They told me last time it would be done.”

“The feature is still not working? I don’t understand. I did submit the service request for you.”

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Categories: Project Management

How to Write a Book… with Feedback and Options

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 20:41
keyboard

As the author of a book, you make decisions all the time. Do you write about principles or about practices? Do you use the words he and she or the more neutral they? Do you use chapter numbers or not? Do you make your own illustrations, or do you hire someone else? Do you insert jokes, or is your bookkeeper funnier than you are?

If you want a good book, you need to make good decisions. The problem is, you often have too little information to know what the good decisions are. There are two ways of dealing with that.

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Categories: Project Management

How to Create a Book’s Front and Back Matter

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 22:37
mock-up-spread-0-wit-1024

So, your book has a great title, a nice cover, good content, and proper design? What about the front and back matter? The what? The front matter and the back matter! That’s all the extra stuff at the beginning and at the end of your book that sits between the cover and the chapters. Oh that, I’ll do all that stuff the day before I publish the book. *EEEEE* Wrong!!

A book is only good when it’s good from start to finish. It starts with the cover and it ends with the backside (or the final page in case of an eBook).

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Categories: Project Management

How to Design a Book… Make It an Experience

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 13:21
CIMG1633

I’m reading the book Steve Jobs, the exclusive biography by Walter Isaacson. Granted, I’m not a big fan of Steve Jobs, nor have I purchased any of the products he has offered to the world, but there are reasons to admire him. One thing that I can admire is his well-known passion for design and detail. It is, I believe, a talent (or behavior or competence) that is lacking, sadly, among most self-publishing authors.

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Categories: Project Management

How to Design a Book Cover… 5 Rules

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 17:27
how-to-design-a-book-cover

One of the hardest parts of the book writing process is the design of the cover. Some experts claim the book cover is the most important aspect of the book. If the cover doesn’t appeal to your audience, neither a great description nor fantastic content are going to help you sell the book, because most of your audience won’t be taking notice. This leads to my first rule for book cover design: don’t do the design yourself.

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Categories: Project Management

How to Write a Book: Structured or Emergent

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 19:29
how-to-write-a-book

I believe most authors apply the hybrid approach to writing. They start anywhere they want, either with a logical outline or with some random writing, but then they bounce up and down continuously to ensure that their writing has both structure and surprise.

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Categories: Project Management

How to Define Your Target Audience… with Questions

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 16:16
target-audience

“Can our organization be a little bit more like Pixar, Spotify, Netflix, Zappos, Virgin, Valve or IDEO? Is there something I can do to get a better company culture? Better collaboration? Better management?”

There is a reason why I started the book description of my #Workout book on Amazon with this question. For me, it defines the target audience of the book.

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Categories: Project Management

Join Me on My Private Virtual Street Team in February!

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 09:26
Michal Moitk

Do you want to join me on my Virtual Street Team in February?

As my Virtual Street Team member you get:

Exclusive access to me via a private channel
Several exclusive on-line chats with me
A free Kindle or ePub copy of the #Workout book
Free signed copies of the book and my previous two books

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Categories: Project Management

Don’t Let the Incompetent Keep You Waiting

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 16:20
clock

I don’t like it when people keep me waiting.

I reply to all emails within 24 hours. I pay my bills within two weeks, often within days. Last week, when one of my team members needed credit card information that I didn’t have with me, I did my best to send it within an hour. Web orders for my book? I validate shipping addresses within hours, and we send people’s orders within 48 hours. Invoices? I usually send them twice per month, or earlier when people ask for them.

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Categories: Project Management

I Curse My Customers

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 10:01
curse-my-customers

Let me tell you a little secret: Every now and then, I curse my customers. OK, it’s not really a secret, probably. I think the neighbors can hear it when I do. But that’s the way it is. I curse them.

I curse them because I care.

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Categories: Project Management

See You Next Year!

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:13
trip

My book tour was crazy, exciting, ambitious, and exhausting.

The start of the tour now seems a long time ago, even though it was just six months. I had fun with 400 participants, had some great (and some not so great) travel experiences, and collected a good amount of fresh stories.

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Categories: Project Management

See You Next Year!

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:13
trip

My book tour was crazy, exciting, ambitious, and exhausting.

The start of the tour now seems a long time ago, even though it was just six months. I had fun with 400 participants, had some great (and some not so great) travel experiences, and collected a good amount of fresh stories.

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Categories: Project Management

Here’s My Management 3.0 Story. What’s Yours?

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 21:28
Delegation Levels

After 4 years of working by myself, I am now the proud manager of a team of seven great people. Two months ago, I had already extended my one-person company Happy Melly One by adding Lisette Sutherland (general management) and Sergey Kotlov (software development). In the last couple of weeks, I asked Lisette and Sergey to conduct job interviews with people around the world for the roles of Internet marketing, content writing, web development, and video editing.

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Categories: Project Management

Here’s My Management 3.0 Story. What’s Yours?

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 21:28
Delegation Levels

After 4 years of working by myself, I am now the proud manager of a team of seven great people. Two months ago, I had already extended my one-person company Happy Melly One by adding Lisette Sutherland (general management) and Sergey Kotlov (software development). In the last couple of weeks, I asked Lisette and Sergey to conduct job interviews with people around the world for the roles of Internet marketing, content writing, web development, and video editing.

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Categories: Project Management

35 Best Quotes from Management 3.0 #Workout

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 11:58
35-best-quotes

For several months, I posted and tweeted quotes from the new #Workout book. I then measured how often they were retweeted and liked on Twitter and on Facebook. And this is the result! The most popular quotes from Management 3.0 #Workout. Enjoy.

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Categories: Project Management

35 Best Quotes from Management 3.0 #Workout

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 11:58
35-best-quotes

For several months, I posted and tweeted quotes from the new #Workout book. I then measured how often they were retweeted and liked on Twitter and on Facebook. And this is the result! The most popular quotes from Management 3.0 #Workout. Enjoy.

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Categories: Project Management

Visualizing My Objectives

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 14:00
OKRs

I love the concept of OKRs (Objectives & Key Results) and while experimenting with this idea at Happy Melly, I’m trying to figure out how to adapt the practice to fit my own context. One thing my team members and I have noticed over the last few months is that it’s hard to remember what we have committed to.

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Categories: Project Management

Visualizing My Objectives

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 14:00
OKRs

I love the concept of OKRs (Objectives & Key Results) and while experimenting with this idea at Happy Melly, I’m trying to figure out how to adapt the practice to fit my own context. One thing my team members and I have noticed over the last few months is that it’s hard to remember what we have committed to.

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Categories: Project Management

Book Celebration (and Invitation)!

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 11:51
Management 3.0 #Workout

By now all the different editions of my new book Management 3.0 #Workout are finished and published. The book, easily the most colorful and practical management book in the world, is available as PDF, ePub, Kindle and in a printed edition. And, although writing a book is great fun, finishing a book feels even better! Especially since it’s worth a little celebration. If you’ve read any of my work, you know I love to celebrate. :o)

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Categories: Project Management