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Why are we doing this?

In building blocks, brand by neville

On September 23, 1997, Steve Jobs introduced the Think different campaign to a select group of Apple employees. Steve had only been back at Apple for 8-10 weeks, and he was in the process of slashing the product line and getting Apple refocused on making great products. “We have to tell people who we are,” he said. And who he …

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The power of the mastermind

In productivity, getting things done by neville

I can trace almost every single breakthrough in my business back to my mastermind group. Every second Friday I gather with a group of 3 friends for a 2-hour mastermind discussion. When I look back at my calendar I see that we had the first “formal” meetings back in June 2017. I know that we had had some meetings before …

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You don’t need a business plan (and what you can do instead)

In business model, productivity, building blocks, getting things done by neville

In my professional career I’ve been three things: a software developer, a leader and a consultant. Business planning has been a part of my journey in some form or fashion as long as I can remember. As a software developer, business planning was one of those things that other people did. It was done behind closed doors by serious people …

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The courage to persevere

In productivity, getting things done by neville

Honey badgers are reputed to be one of the toughest animals in the world. They have a thick skin (literally), long claws and really strong, sharp teeth. They wil rarely back off from hyenas or even lions, and they can be real trouble makers, taking over aardvark or fox holes if their own home is not to their liking any …

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Pick one – the key to getting stuff done

In productivity, getting things done by neville

Over the last couple of weeks I introduced you to the 5-stage framework for assessing your business and planning what to do next. That pesky name thing… As you know one of the things that I’m contemplating is a name for the framework (thanks to those of you who suggested names)! At the moment, my working title is The Business …

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Where do I focus next?

In productivity, getting things done by neville

In my newsletter of September 8 I first introduced the concept of the 5-stage framework for assessing how well your business is doing. This week, we’re going to take this one step further to see how we can use the framework to not only assess performance, but also how to use the model to plan. What’s in a name? Having …

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The 5 Conflict Management and Negotiation Strategies

In productivity, getting things done by neville

Progress is impossible without conflict – and resolution – of some sort. Yet, we’re never taught how to manage conflict – either in our personal or our professional lives. So we often get stuck in conflict situations without progress, wasting time, effort and emotional energy. The same situations occur in leadership teams, sometimes exacerbated by the same big or forceful …