L.E.A.P Think http://sqlmag.com/blog/10128/feed en What would the world look like if businesses led a purpose driven life rather than focusing solely on shareholder value? http://sqlmag.com/blog/what-would-world-look-if-businesses-led-purpose-driven-life-rather-focusing-solely-shareholder- <div class="node-body blog-body">Many books exhort you to live a purpose driven life. But the notion of trying to lead a purpose driven business is rarely discussed outside faith based organizations. In fact, companies, along with officers and directors of the company, are often sued for doing anything other than worrying about maximizing shareholder value. Scot’s review of Clayton’s original work makes this point: The root problem from Christensen's perspective is that "they didn't keep the purpose of their lives front and center as they decided how to spend their time, talents, and energy." A steady stream of incremental decisions without a clear focus on purpose too often led to unanticipated outcomes. What would it look like if a company led a purpose driven life? </div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/what-would-world-look-if-businesses-led-purpose-driven-life-rather-focusing-solely-shareholder-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/what-would-world-look-if-businesses-led-purpose-driven-life-rather-focusing-solely-shareholder-#comments Microsoft SQL Server SQL Server L.E.A.P Think Tue, 31 Jul 2012 16:56:00 +0000 10180 at http://sqlmag.com Want a great blog? Should you stop caring or stop being afraid? http://sqlmag.com/blog/want-great-blog-should-you-stop-caring-or-stop-being-afraid <div class="node-body blog-body">I’ve read several great posts over the last month that all address the theme that you need to ‘stop caring’ in order for your blog to grow and prosper. Each of them make the point in different ways that your blog will be more successful when it’s about you and it’s sharing your thoughts. ‘Stop caring’ about what other people think and focus on what you’re passionate about. Conceptually, I think it’s great advice. But for me; the theme is missing one important element. I need to focus more on not being afraid rather than stop caring. </div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/want-great-blog-should-you-stop-caring-or-stop-being-afraid" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/want-great-blog-should-you-stop-caring-or-stop-being-afraid#comments Microsoft SQL Server SQL Server L.E.A.P Think Mon, 30 Jul 2012 18:21:00 +0000 10276 at http://sqlmag.com Would you like to write better than you normally do? http://sqlmag.com/blog/would-you-write-better-you-normally-do <div class="node-body blog-body">Writing and maintaining a well-read blog is a great way for technology entrepreneurs to build their brand and their business. Alas, it’s common that great business people or technologists aren’t always first and foremost great bloggers. So what can we do to improve?</div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/would-you-write-better-you-normally-do" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/would-you-write-better-you-normally-do#comments Microsoft SQL Server SQL Server L.E.A.P Think Mon, 30 Jul 2012 17:47:00 +0000 10378 at http://sqlmag.com SayDoCo: Say what you will do, do what you say, and communicate when you can’t. http://sqlmag.com/blog/saydoco-say-what-you-will-do-do-what-you-say-and-communicate-when-you-can-t <div class="node-body blog-body">What is holding back the performance of your teams? Do you have a culture of accountability and an expectation that people will do what they say? Have you ever said “yeah, I’ll have that report done by 3PM’ when you knew darn well it wasn’t likely to happen? What happens to a team when a culture is built that says it’s OK to not honor your commitments? </div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/saydoco-say-what-you-will-do-do-what-you-say-and-communicate-when-you-can-t" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/saydoco-say-what-you-will-do-do-what-you-say-and-communicate-when-you-can-t#comments Microsoft SQL Server SQL Server L.E.A.P Think Fri, 27 Jul 2012 00:06:23 +0000 10371 at http://sqlmag.com Have you and your business partners asked each other the hard questions about what will happen if you break up? http://sqlmag.com/blog/have-you-and-your-business-partners-asked-each-other-hard-questions-about-what-will-happen-if-y <div class="node-body blog-body">Many, many business owners I know have had at least one failed partnership in the past. Relationships are messy. That’s just how the world works. You’ve probably heard the saying “you don’t know what you don’t know”. That’s true when founders and partners are starting a business and thinking about what their relationship will be. Of course, no one thinks that their relationship will sour. I suspect few people get married thinking ‘we’re going to divorce’. Personally, I’m not a big fan of marital prenup agreements for many reasons; but it’s incredibly important to have a prenup when you’re starting a business. </div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/have-you-and-your-business-partners-asked-each-other-hard-questions-about-what-will-happen-if-y" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/have-you-and-your-business-partners-asked-each-other-hard-questions-about-what-will-happen-if-y#comments Microsoft SQL Server SQL Server L.E.A.P Think Thu, 26 Jul 2012 23:41:57 +0000 10153 at http://sqlmag.com Focus on maximizing strengths rather than obsessively worrying about weaknesses. http://sqlmag.com/blog/focus-maximizing-strengths-rather-obsessively-worrying-about-weaknesses <div class="node-body blog-body">What is your biggest strength? What is your biggest weakness? Do you have them in mind? Now ponder this question. What’s more likely to make you as successful and satisfied as possible: continually improving your strengths or continually trying to fix your biggest weaknesses? </div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/focus-maximizing-strengths-rather-obsessively-worrying-about-weaknesses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/focus-maximizing-strengths-rather-obsessively-worrying-about-weaknesses#comments Microsoft SQL Server SQL Server L.E.A.P Think Thu, 26 Jul 2012 23:09:00 +0000 10342 at http://sqlmag.com You’re not as important as you think you are. Disconnected downtime is crucial. http://sqlmag.com/blog/you-re-not-important-you-think-you-are-disconnected-downtime-crucial <div class="node-body blog-body">Most of us take vacation. We’ve read countless articles telling us how important it is. We all know that it’s not great to be tied to our devices 24X7 at night and on the weekends. We know it. So I won’t try to convince you. But most people simply don’t disconnect often enough and some people never seem to do it. What keeps people from disconnecting? Maybe you think you think your work is more important than it really is? </div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/you-re-not-important-you-think-you-are-disconnected-downtime-crucial" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/you-re-not-important-you-think-you-are-disconnected-downtime-crucial#comments Microsoft SQL Server SQL Server L.E.A.P Think Sun, 15 Jul 2012 13:50:00 +0000 10351 at http://sqlmag.com Does dot com have to be available when picking a name for your new business? http://sqlmag.com/blog/does-dot-com-have-be-available-when-picking-name-your-new-business <div class="node-body blog-body">Conventional wisdom says that grabbing the dot com is essential when entrepreneurs start a new business. I’ve long thought this was true. It might have been true once upon a time. I don’t think it’s true any longer. </div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/does-dot-com-have-be-available-when-picking-name-your-new-business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/does-dot-com-have-be-available-when-picking-name-your-new-business#comments Microsoft SQL Server SQL Server L.E.A.P Think Sat, 30 Jun 2012 18:16:11 +0000 10289 at http://sqlmag.com 30 hour salaried work weeks plus paid over time would solve many problems that are common in consulting and professional service jobs. http://sqlmag.com/blog/30-hour-salaried-work-weeks-plus-paid-over-time-would-solve-many-problems-are-common-consulting <div class="node-body blog-body">What could work and life be like if we didn’t spend the super majority of our time consumed in our careers? This blog post won’t solve world peace or invent cold fusion. But it does present a framework for how white collar professional service, especially billable hour, careers could be better for employers and employees. My premise is simple. Pay people a salary based on 30 hours a week and then pay over time for more than that. </div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/30-hour-salaried-work-weeks-plus-paid-over-time-would-solve-many-problems-are-common-consulting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/30-hour-salaried-work-weeks-plus-paid-over-time-would-solve-many-problems-are-common-consulting#comments Microsoft SQL Server SQL Server L.E.A.P Think Fri, 29 Jun 2012 18:03:00 +0000 10301 at http://sqlmag.com Great interview questions that might help your professional development even if you’re not looking for a job. http://sqlmag.com/blog/great-interview-questions-might-help-your-professional-development-even-if-you-re-not-looking-j <div class="node-body blog-body">I think most companies are pretty OK in figuring out of the person they are speaking with has the base level of technical skills they need to get the job done. But it’s my experience that most people and companies don’t do a great job beyond that. I was reading an old Seth Godin blog recently that resonated with me. He listed a few questions that he thinks are important to explore in interviews. I’ve recapped them here. </div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/great-interview-questions-might-help-your-professional-development-even-if-you-re-not-looking-j" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/great-interview-questions-might-help-your-professional-development-even-if-you-re-not-looking-j#comments Microsoft SQL Server SQL Server L.E.A.P Think Mon, 25 Jun 2012 18:47:39 +0000 10453 at http://sqlmag.com Asking the right question at the right time is an art form. http://sqlmag.com/blog/asking-right-question-right-time-art-form <div class="node-body blog-body">The right question at the right time can have a huge impact on someone’s life. I’ve come to believe that questions tend to be more interested than answers and asking questions is certainly part art and part science. Let me give you an example. </div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/asking-right-question-right-time-art-form" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/asking-right-question-right-time-art-form#comments Microsoft SQL Server SQL Server L.E.A.P Think Thu, 21 Jun 2012 13:10:28 +0000 10604 at http://sqlmag.com Culture might be the most important and least talked about aspect of building successful business. http://sqlmag.com/blog/culture-might-be-most-important-and-least-talked-about-aspect-building-successful-business <div class="node-body blog-body">Shared culture and vision within a team and its leaders might be the single most important thing that determines the long term success of a company. A vast multiple of books talking about ‘having the right team’ and most people are familiar with catch phrases like ‘get the right people on the bus’. But what does it mean to have the right people on the bus? </div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/culture-might-be-most-important-and-least-talked-about-aspect-building-successful-business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/culture-might-be-most-important-and-least-talked-about-aspect-building-successful-business#comments Microsoft SQL Server SQL Server L.E.A.P Think Sat, 16 Jun 2012 18:19:49 +0000 10477 at http://sqlmag.com Reflections on taking Joseph to #SQLSat121 Philadelphia http://sqlmag.com/blog/reflections-taking-joseph-sqlsat121-philadelphia <div class="node-body blog-body">This blog covers leadership and entrepreneurism. What better place to start than in the home? My kids are 11 and 9. They have plenty of time to decide what they want to do when they grow up but I don’t think it’s too early to begin preparing them to make decisions and to have a better sense of awareness about options that exist for ‘making money and paying bills’ in the real world . No one spent much time with me on these topics when I was young. I turned out ok, but in hindsight I wish I had mentors, including my parents who shared this sort of wisdom with me at a younger age. </div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/reflections-taking-joseph-sqlsat121-philadelphia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/reflections-taking-joseph-sqlsat121-philadelphia#comments Microsoft SQL Server SQL Server L.E.A.P Think Mon, 11 Jun 2012 12:49:21 +0000 10393 at http://sqlmag.com Help your team come up with solutions. Don’t simply solve their problems. http://sqlmag.com/blog/help-your-team-come-solutions-don-t-simply-solve-their-problems <div class="node-body blog-body">What happens if you are a manager or leader when someone on your team comes to you seeking a solution a problem? Do you solve it or help them to come up with a solution. Consistently solving problems for members of your team does not develop their leadership skills and creates a cycle of upward delegation that makes it hard for you to be effective as a leader. </div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/help-your-team-come-solutions-don-t-simply-solve-their-problems" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/help-your-team-come-solutions-don-t-simply-solve-their-problems#comments Microsoft SQL Server SQL Server L.E.A.P Think Tue, 05 Jun 2012 17:41:00 +0000 10391 at http://sqlmag.com You may never be a tax expert… but never rely on just your CPA to maximize deductions and tax breaks. http://sqlmag.com/blog/you-may-never-be-tax-expert-never-rely-just-your-cpa-maximize-deductions-and-tax-breaks <div class="node-body blog-body">I’ve been in business for myself for more than a decade and have used a CPA to assist me with my taxes for much of that time. However, over the years I’ve come to realize two important facts about doing my taxes. First, I will never know as much about accounting and taxes as a good CPA. Second, my CPA will never know as much about my life and business as I do, and knowing those facts is important to ensure I can save the most money on taxes while legally and safely taking advantage of as many tax breaks and deductions as I can. A little time and research on your part can easily save you hundreds or perhaps thousands of dollars per year if you are small technology consultant. And remember to focus on deductions you can legally take, not just filling out tax forms. </div> <p><a href="http://sqlmag.com/blog/you-may-never-be-tax-expert-never-rely-just-your-cpa-maximize-deductions-and-tax-breaks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://sqlmag.com/blog/you-may-never-be-tax-expert-never-rely-just-your-cpa-maximize-deductions-and-tax-breaks#comments Microsoft SQL Server SQL Server L.E.A.P Think Tue, 05 Jun 2012 16:37:00 +0000 10327 at http://sqlmag.com