Episode #33 What’s Your Iron Triangle?

Has your business been stymied by seemly invisible walls in your business? This episode talks about the Iron-Triangle concept: a way of identifying and understanding the boundaries, not the barriers, that you face today in your business. They are part of the field-of-play you build your business and working inside your boundaries can result better planning and realistic goals setting so your can move forward to success.

Show Notes

Image of Iron Triangle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benefits of knowing your Iron Triangle:

1) Boundaries and problems identified

2) Allows focus of creativity and resources

3) Prevents frustration and stress of not achieving your goals

4) Allows you to set reasonable goals

Drawbacks of not knowing your Iron Triangle:

1) It stops you from moving forward

2) Can stop you cold on your efforts

3) Builds up frustration

4) Yet, know where they are, you can become quick.

 

In project management, there is in the “Schedule-Resource-Quality” quandary… you can pick any two of them, but the third one. For example, a product can be fast, cheaper, but not high quality.

Youtube Link: Clint Eastwood, playing tough-guy Dirty Harry (1973) iconic line: “A man’s got to know his limitations”

 

 

Episode #32 Five Positive Things When You Include Your Kids in Your Business w/ co-host Tegan

Is it worth taking the effort to balance business and kids? Here are five long-term, positive outcomes when you include your kids in your business. Co-hosted by Scott’s daughter, Tegan.

 

Show Notes

#1 You become a better scheduler

– Schedule around kids schedule
– Schedule for smoothness, not efficiency
– Your presence has a huge impact, if even you don’t do anything.

#2 You get to know your family better  (at 6:42)

– Share your business at the family dinner table
– You and your kids have great opportunity to react to events and situations.

#3 You get extra support and feedback 8:32

– Help with business tasks, example of my son taking my web/social media headshots
– Review of products/materials before the customer sees it

#4 Kids learn real-life skills 10:38

– facing fears
– Access to professional equipment and software

#5 You will build up your purpose 14:46

– Business goes beyond making money

 

Link to Tegan’s High-School senior project,  called Faces of Philomath

Parent “Tag-team” reference is from Orit’s interview

Episode #31 How to Light Your Fire hosted by Tegan

Get off to a good start to the year with these three things to light your fire. As business owners and freelancers with families, we can increase our passion in life by helping other people light their fire, influencing the world for good by sharing our courage to start, and having realistic goals.

The lively Tegan Weaver hosts this episode because Scott was sick.

Show Notes

A new year allows you to move-on.

1) To light your fire, you need to help others light their fire
2) Courage is contagious
3) Have a realistic attitude

Episode #29 My Toolbox for Cloud Productivity

A Look Behind the Curtain at the Arise2Live Toolbox!

Looking how to use the Cloud to seamless connect files and notes across different device and operating systems? Scott and his daughter Tegan co-host give a sneak-peek behind the curtain of their toolbox, particularly Scott’s day-to-day productivity toolkit and most of the apps are free.


Show Notes

Scott’s uses three completely different “Hardware” devices: A smart-phone running iOS, a PC running Win10, and a old laptop running Linux. He has a toolbox to seamlessly transfer files and notes across all three. Tegan uses laptop exclusively.

1) Hardware

Hardware is the device you can touch. For key client tasks and performance, buy the most your budget can afford. For non-key tasks, it’s okay to buy used knowing that performance will be lower, but you’re saving money on things you don’t use that much.

For desktops, use monitors built for text display, not movies and use dual monitors. Okay to have the second monitor second hand if under budget constraints.

2) Software 

Look for interoperability between devices to increase productivity. The key is file-sharing and note taking that has apps that work on all the devices’ operating system or can access through a web-browser.

It’s good to have things look good on the inside and work well on the insides.

Links:

Scott uses Dropbox for file sharing and Evernote for note sharing.

 Question: What’s in your toolbox?

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