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By: Aaron | March 05, 2018


Not sure you are the best fit for the job that you are applying for? You probably aren't, but odds are neither are any of the other candidates that are applying. Not long ago I was part of a panel that conducted interviews for an open management position. The candidates all had their unique criteria they brought to the table, but no one candidate was a shoe in. If there were, then the position would not have been opened for interviews, it would have been filled directly. With this in mind, here are four tips that were revealed.


Tip 1: No one has the skills you do


Early in my career, I worked with a woman that had the same education as I did. We both obtained our degree in Chemical Engineering, the same year, the same teachers. We even shared...

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By: Aaron | January 28, 2018

One day you were happily plugging away on your job, and you were promoted to management. Hurray! Now what? Formal training - likely not. Advice from a boss - naw, just figure it out. Or maybe you were an entrepreneur chasing or dream and decided it was time to start bringing people on board so the business could continue to grow. Either way, odds are when you first became a manager, no one walked you through how to succeed as one. Here is some advice from one manager to another.

1. Develop a Vision and Share It

Creating a vision is always a requirement for any leader. Even if you are a mid-level manager and ultimately you have no final say on the direction of the company, you do influence in how you get things done. What kind of culture will...

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By: Aaron | December 28, 2017

Grow Business Through Alternative Three Lenses

When we get into the heat of business, it is straightforward to put your nose to the grindstone and look solely at hard data. What is our cost, how much are we selling, what is our return on sales? When you become a number focused business, you will lose focus on the bigger picture of opportunities facing your business. This can lead to a slow death spiral and indeed will not promote future growth.

For those of us who are not content with our current market share and are looking for ways to continue to grow our business, you need to step back from the grindstone. Looking at your business through the lens of these three 'soft' ideas below, you will find many ways to grow your business and compound your gains in ways that have nothing to do wi...

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By: Aaron | December 01, 2017

Lessons from a Mentor - Obsidian Solutions

A few weeks ago I had a very good meeting with a mentor of my own and I regret not having recorded the session. However, I did download some detailed notes the moment I could pull out my computer. Below are some perspectives that came out of that download that are great universal realizations, short and sweet.

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By: Aaron | November 24, 2017

Level Up with Perfomance Metrics

When you were working cardio in high school, did you notice that you were always able to go just a little farther, a little faster, or a little deeper when the coach or your crush was watching you?


Our natural state after thousands of years of evolution is to save our energy for moments of fight or flight. If we give 100% all the time in our natural state, our bodies and minds would never keep a reserve of energy for these critical moments. While this has been great for our evolution, it is not so great when it comes to business. This natural state is why you will find employees are effective about three hours a day. We have become exceedingly effective at doing only what is necessary and nothing more. In many cases, most people aren't even ...

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