This Simple Metaphor Will Give You And Your Team Clarity On Roles And Responsibilities

This Simple Metaphor Will Give You And Your Team Clarity On Roles And Responsibilities

Do you find yourself wondering who is responsible for different activities in your organization? Do you find yourself never receiving clarity on these roles? Do you find yourself including an absurd amount of people in email threads and meetings as a result of this lack of clarity on roles? Do you step on the toes of others as a result of trying to get stuff done in the midst of this chaos? Do you end up doing what someone else should be doing because of this tangled mess? 
 
Should I keep going?
 
I've led and been a part of teams that are defined by this type of confusion. The exciting part of this problem is the solution is quite simple. We define the roles of the respective areas (Department, Campaigns, & Projects) and I've got a metaphor framework to help us easily find this clarity.

Explore This Simple Metaphor To Give You And Your Team Clarity On Roles And Responsibilities

How Answering These Five Questions Can Give You Instant Clarity And Focus

How Answering These Five Questions Can Give You Instant Clarity And Focus

When we don't have focus, we get easily distracted and don't move towards our goals. In fact, we can find ourselves wandering for days, months and even years. 
 
We need a way to get focused and organized, but also a way to do it concisely and quickly. The method I'll share below will work well for a department, campaign, or project where you need to establish clarity quickly and effectively. 

Read How Answering These Five Questions Can Give You Instant Clarity And Focus

Why I Impose A Cap On How Much A Client Can Work With Me

Why I Impose A Cap On How Much A Client Can Work With Me

Have you ever experienced a whale client? It's the client you give almost all of your time and where they are the source of almost all your revenue. While working with them, have you ever been concerned about pushing back out of fear of losing their revenue? 
 
We face a high-risk situation with whale clients because at any moment, they could part ways. Historically speaking, they usually do leave after two years. In fact, parting whale clients are actually the biggest causes of failed marketing agencies. 

Read Why I Impose A Cap On How Much A Client Can Work With Me

How I'm Leveraging Business' Needs To Empower Freelancers

How I'm Leveraging Business's Needs To Empower Freelancers

Since I began freelancing full-time in 2014, my workload has steadily increased. In 2015, I averaged 97 paid hours per month. In 2016, I averaged 119 paid hours per month and so far in 2017, I'm averaging 128 hours per month. I'm now sustaining my target number of hours and am no longer taking on new clients unless their timing is perfectly aligned with an opening.

Continue Reading How I'm Leveraging Business' Needs To Empower Freelancers

James Karwisch & Jason Montoya

What Could Twenty Three Days Of Blogging Do For You Or Your Business?

I'm a believer in the power of blogging for individuals and companies. Going through the process of writing and publishing my thoughts is a powerful one, and it also helps me create something of value that can aid my personal and professional endeavors. To do it effectively, I also need to create something compelling, inspiring, or insightful for you the reader or I end up talking to myself.

Read How Twenty Three Days Of Blogging Could Grow Your Brand & Business

School For Startups Radio Interview With Jim Beach

My School For Startups Radio Interview With Jim Beach About Flourishing In Freelancing

Many years ago, I was connected by a Noodlehead Marketing employee to Jim Beach. Jim is the author of the book, School For Startups: The Breakthrough Course for Guaranteeing Small Business Success in 90 Days or Less (Affiliate Link). He also hosts the School For Startups Radio show. He believes anyone can be an entrepreneur, and launching a business does not require passion, risk, or creativity. 

When I was seeking book endorsements for Path Of The Freelancer, I reached out to Jim to read the book and as a result, he invited me as a guest on his show. Click the play button below to listen to the radio interview segment where I dive into the first four achievements successful freelancers sustain. 

 

America Together [Documentary Film Project]

America Together - What Would Our Country Look Like If We Were For Each Other, Instead Of Against?

In 2011, I wrote an executive summary for a documentary feature film project called America Together. Over the years, I've made little tweaks to the summary based on different ideas I've had. It seems the vision for this project is needed now more than ever, so I'm sharing the idea publicly as a way to explore the idea further.


America.

In a battle of right and wrong, left and right, money and control, people are asking each other who are we? With religious, social, cultural and political adversity it seems like our country is on a downward spiral towards destruction. Is it too late for redemption? Is it too late to return to the vision our country was founded on? Do we even know what that is? If we knew our past, would it help move us to make the right decision for our future?

Read More About The America Together Documentary Film Project

American Made & My Movie Making Experiences As A Film Extra

American Made & My Experiences As A Movie Maker & Film Extra

The other day, I was sitting at my desk working away while Youtube was playing on my second computer monitor. It began to play an advertisement, which was a movie trailer. And as it played, I realized this was the movie trailer I had been waiting for the past two years. I held my breath in anticipation. Would I not only make the final cut of the movie, but would I actually land a spot on the movie trailer?
 
Let me pause for just a moment. 

Read About My Experiences As A Movie Maker & Film Extra

Four Powerful Ways Companies & Freelancers Can Effectively Work Together [Hubspot Guest Post]

Four Powerful Ways Companies & Freelancers Can Effectively Work Together [Hubspot Guest Post]

On May 17 2017, I spoke at the Atlanta Hubspot User Group on how companies and freelancers can work well together. I dove into four areas of insight that help empower both freelancers and companies to have a sweet spot working relationship. If you're interested in the topic, you can check out my follow-up blog post here diving into the topics I discussed at the event.

Read Four Powerful Ways Companies & Freelancers Can Effectively Work Together

P.S. If you know a freelancer, please share this link to my speaking event this week on June 22nd, about flourishing in freelancing. The event is at Roam Atlanta Buckhead Thursday from 6-8pm.

In Six Years, You’ll Be More Mature — What If You Could Be That Person Today?

In Six Years, You’ll Be More Mature — What If You Could Be That Person Today?

This post is part 2 of My Leaders Lyceum Experience blog series. I'm writing in exchange for the opportunity to go through the multi-corporate program.

Well, maybe ‘today’ is a bit ambitious, but realistically, what if you could experience six years worth of personal growth in just six months? That’s the promise of a leadership program based in development theory here in Atlanta Georgia.

As I mentioned in my previous article, I’m getting to go through the Leaders Lyceum’s multi-corporate personal development program in exchange for sharing my experience along the way. The program consists of five full-day sessions over the course of six months with cross-mentoring group calls every two weeks during the program.

Continue Reading About Accelerating Leadership Maturity

Three Ways to Boost your Sales Effectiveness

Three Ways to Boost your Sales Effectiveness [PipelineDeals Guest Blog]

Early in the Noodlehead Marketing journey, I needed a tool to help me manage my contacts and sales pipeline. Originally I ended up using the simple CRM, Highrise. After awhile I needed a CRM that offered more functionality and reporting and eventually found the wonderful tool PipelineDeals (Affiliate Link).

Up until we shut down the company, this was the tool we used to help us organize and manage our sales pipeline and this partner was a perfect fit. Each time, they'd roll out updates and improvements they'd be right in line with what we needed. It was neat to work alongside a company which shared similiar values and approaches to the way we work. In addition to using their tool, I interacted with their team often, provided video testimonials and became a regular ambassador for their brand to those I met here in Atlanta.

In the last several months, I've been reaching out to others to help create exposure for Path Of The Freelancer. It was a no brainer for me to reach out to my friends at PipelineDeals and ask them if I could write a guest blog post. They accepted the request and after working out the details, the blog post about how to effectively boost sales effectiveness is now live. If you're in sales it's a insightful read. If not, share it with someone you know who is in sales.

Read From Agency Owner To Freelancer: Three Ways To Boost Your Sales Effectiveness

Do you like the content I've shared above? Subscribe by email and get the latest posts when they're published.