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Chuck Blakeman
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What drives your life? What compels you to get up in the morning even when you're not making money and when you're tired of the struggle? What helps you see the struggle as the road to success rather than the road to nowhere?
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Both are powerful, but only one will help you build a great life.
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I really enjoyed reading this; it totally resonates, +Chuck Blakeman.
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Google Drive​ is a REALLY oversold. It's at best a very weak solution for storage, synching, etc., unless you are 100% Google-centric. A client of ours convinced us to set up our company on it a year ago and it's been a nightmare ever since. The solution to every issue we've had has essentially been one of two fixes, "Well, you'll need to stop using the computer the way normal people do, and start doing things very differently", or most commonly, "Well, it works a lot better if you stop using Apple or Microsoft products and become 100% Google-centric."  

Google Drive is NOT ready for prime time, company-wide use. Give it a few more years, or better yet, find another way. Google is full of old Microsoft employees now, who have it in their DNA to dominate the world and make you use Google stuff and nothing else.  #Ugh
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The rugged individualist is a blustering, silly, insecure, transparent position to try to hold in the Participation Age. As the Industrial Age fades behind us, great leaders-in-the-making will gladly say "I don't know", and then will doggedly pursue figuring it out, in the context of Committed Community with others who also don't know.
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The rigorous practice of rugged individualism usually leads to poverty, ostracism and disgrace. The rugged individualist is too often mistaken for the misfit, the maverick, the spoilsport, the sore thumb.Lewis Lapham, Harper's Magazine
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I need your help to find companies with self-managed teams. Would love to hear from you.

I’m working with one of the most successful entrepreneurs in America on a groundbreaking book about self-managed teams, for the Liautaud Institute, in affiliation with the University of Illinois.

We are looking for companies that made the switch from traditional top-down hierarchy to self-managed teams. We will want to interview the CEO for about an hour, and then interview three self-managed teams in their company.  We are talking to 3M, The Morning Star Company, and a few others right now, but want to find others who will want to be featured.

The book will include thorough case studies on 8-10 companies along with research verifying why self-managed teams are so powerful and effective.  This book has powerful backing and will be widely marketed by the publisher - destined to be a bestseller.

If you are familiar with companies with self-managed teams or if you work in one, please connect with me and let’s see if they would be a fit for the book.

I really appreciate your help!

Here’s a couple articles to give you more clarity on what we’re looking for.
http://bit.ly/1B33Yva  & http://bit.ly/1vaRPQx
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People with the most focused long-term paths in the study were the least likely to die young. Looking at the participants in the study who were in their 70s, those that had not retired were looking at much longer lives than their golfing counterparts: "The continually productive men and women lived much longer than their laid-back comrades."
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Retirement was invented by Otto von Bismarck in 1889 to get old people off the machines and out of the way. But exhaustive research now shows it's not what it's cracked up to be.
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Apply the two simple questions in the Business Owner's Game to everything you do for one month and see what happens. It will transform your business if you are an owner, or your job if you are a Stakeholder. It will begin to give you the answers that allow you to make more money in less time, get off the treadmill and get a life.
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There is a game every person at work should be playing every minute of every day, with every decision they make. It's called The Business Owner's Game, and is at the core of building a successful business or career. It transforms your relationship to work, and your lifestyle.
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The data is already in. Companies built around Stakeholders, Leaders, and self-managed teams are outperforming everyone around them. Soon, entrenched managers will be getting pressure from investors, high employee turnover, sagging profits, and lack of innovation to join those who are already enjoying the fruits of the Participation Age.
Come join us in the Participation Age.
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We inherited a stifling top-down work world from the Industrial Age, but as it fades behind us, the emerging work world will look very different. Those who adapt will thrive. Those who don't will be left behind.
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We can sleep walk through building a business as the same unchanged person who started it, and come out the other end on the treadmill. We can sleepwalk through life, too. Or we can regularly ask ourselves what don't know, and change the simple (but hard) thing that we need to address to move forward.

Live a disoriented life. Regularly ask, "What am I pretending not to know?"
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I have my stories. I believe my stories. I know exactly why my business or life is or isn't working, regardless of the facts to the contrary. Maybe not.
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The rugged individualist is a blustering, silly, insecure, transparent position to try to hold in the Participation Age. As the Industrial Age fades behind us, great leaders-in-the-making will gladly say "I don't know", and then will doggedly pursue figuring it out, in the context of Committed Community with others who also don't know.
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The rigorous practice of rugged individualism usually leads to poverty, ostracism and disgrace. The rugged individualist is too often mistaken for the misfit, the maverick, the spoilsport, the sore thumb.Lewis Lapham, Harper's Magazine
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There is a rapidly growing list of companies in every industry that are functioning without meetings, and some have been doing it for over thirty years. The success of this trend suggests we should consider dropping them altogether, or at least making them optional. And that's what a lot of companies are doing.
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What if your company made all meetings optional? All of them. Imagine how many useless meetings go away when this rule is applied? It's happening at a growing number of smart companies.
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Providing tools for  business owners and leaders around the world to make more money in less time, get off the treadmill and get back to the passion that brought them into business in the first place.  Author of MakingMoneyIsKillingYourBusiness.com, rated the #1 Business Book of the Year by NFIB
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Estimate was about the same as two others. Carpenter came first to replace two boards - he asked my wife which two boards! Not a good start - he guessed, replaced a couple and left. Both my wife and I called Vivax - no return call to either of us. Powerwashing and painting both started many days late. No big deal by itself, but typical of the company's attention to detail. After painting started we noticed two broken mouldings, one missing and two that were hopelessly warped above a first floor roof on the side of the house. They were easily visible from the ground by just looking up. The estimator missed the whole section. They said they would replace them and tell us later what the cost was. Should have been quoted up front rather than turning this into a guessing game quote. The painters didn't paint the house - they colored it. Very thin coat, lightly applied, and VERY SLOPPY. - Terrible prep - ONE DAY AFTER PAINTING, MULTIPLE SPOTS ARE PEELING. - Many drips and full out spills on our new deck - they didn't attempt to remove the drips and just swished the stain around and made it worse. - Didn't prime new boards - just painted them. - Didn't bother to open exterior front, back and patio doors to paint the 1/4" that hits the insulation - one door was new and is still white around the edges instead of green. - Completely missed many trim boards - unpainted. Some were painted halfway and they just left them! - All kinds of slop-over on the trim - on all sides of the house. - Drips and spills on the concrete porch and sidewalk in front. Paint sprayed on to brick where their tape wasn't holding. - 50%+ of all vinyl windows had visible to ridiculous slop-over on them - amazing that they could leave some of them - easily visible from way out by the street. - Paint drips on patio screen door - just smeared around. - Many other issues of sloppiness and carelessness They left two days ago. I emailed them (calling gets no response) that morning - no response. We haven't paid yet. We're getting estimates on fixing the problems and will pay Vivax only the difference. Vivax has clearly gotten very busy recently and they are simply coloring houses, not painting them, then moving on as fast as they can. Go with a local, much smaller company - you're much more likely to get a good job and responses from the company.
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