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Thoughts on business and life

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People Over Profits

Focus Lab doesn’t have Core Values. My theory is that you can’t hire someone then dictate what they value. Sure, you can limit who you hire to only those who already value what you do; but I don’t like that limitation. Rather than defining and pushing Core Values on team members, we have a set of Core Standards. These are standards we hold one another to, and strive to push each other to continually improve upon. They serve as the foundation...

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Pixels Aren’t Enough The Role of Business Strategy in Design

Hey Anne, I found you through a Google search recently and I’d like to talk about hiring your firm. My company needs someone to help us cross the waters in the next few months and it looks like you can help. Can we talk? Thanks,Stephen Anne had received similar emails in the past. Knowing this was right up her alley, she hopped on a call with Stephen to chat. They discussed her method of crossing the water, how many people she’d...

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The Fallacy of Work-Life Balance

Work-Life Balance. It’s an often mystical target for many. The idea most people have is that of a two-sided scale. The weight of one side must equal the weight of the other side to achieve “balance” properly. In theory that would mean you perfectly balance "work" and "life" overall. This is the Balance Equation. This word picture is dangerously inaccurate. The initial concern I have with "Work-Life Balance" as a phrase is that it implies...

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Consuming and Doing

I’m a big fan of learning. I’m also a big fan of watching others learn. It brings me a lot of joy. In fact, the concept of perpetual learning runs through my company in the form of one of our Core Standards, “Never Stop Learning.” (I wrote a blog post a couple of years ago about ways we learn and it’s over on the Focus Lab blog if you’re interested.) Here’s the thing though: learning isn’t enough. You’re wasting your time if you just become...

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Steal Like an Artist

My morning commute is a quiet, 25-minute drive down a small interstate. While my office is in the heard of Historic Savannah, Ga, I live westward in a different city and county. If I’m on the road for almost an hour a day I figure I might as well make the most of it. I typically spend my commute, both to and from the office, in one of three ways. My favorite of the three is to drive in silence. This gives me time to mentally prepare for my...

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