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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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By: Aaron | November 21, 2017

Fostering Extracuricular Activity at Work by Obsidian

We have all heard it more time than we can count, extracurricular activities are important. But usually when we hear this, it is in the context of high school for the purpose of getting into a better college. Sometimes we hear parents emphasize it to better socialize their children, or to get them out exercising. But when is the last time your company offered, neigh, encouraged employees to get out of the office and work on themselves and their personal capital? Does your company recognize the value of employees investing in themselves?

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