Competing against a free product

Competing against a free product is possible. There is an industry thriving against a free, highly distributed and easy to use product – look at some of these ideas and compare them to your industry

Creative ways to reward and measure success without money

What if money is not the goal

I believe that money, along with writing, is one of the cornerstones of human progress. Both helped reduce misunderstanding and have allowed for complex transactions to occur. Money (finance) is the language of business. Money helps people share. Money’s role has been extended from a communication method to a unit of measure when it started being the measure of success … Read More

How a life made of emergencies, alerts and meetings is blurring our vision

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For most of us, a day at work is a day of emergencies, alerts and meetings. Instinctively  we all agree that this is not the most efficient and productive way to work, but we are not clear on the impact. What are we missing? What can be done?

Vanity metrics of a blog – lean startup methodology

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In the last weeks I read  [amazon text=The Lean Startup&asin=0670921602], a very good book with lots of take away. Today I want to write about how I’m applying the best practices of the book to FrankContrepois.com.  One of the fundamental topic of the lean startup is the measure of success. Are my metrics measuring success toward the blog’s goals or are they vanity metrics that look … Read More

Second place is in business the place to be

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Being second -or third or #100 – is for losers. The Internet is full of demotivating sentences like this (citations and quotes) and they are WRONG! And I will explain why! 

Simon Sinek – how great leaders inspire action

If you don’t know Simon Sinek this Ted talk is the best way to start. His moto “start with why” has change the way people thing about life and business. It’s one of the most popular TED talks with more than 26M views.

Is multitasking the new way of working?

I recently watched a video promoting a new software, the “next generation business software”. During the video, notifications appear -very- often allowing for a fast change in the flow of work. This can be seen as helping the user to multitask (positive view) or distracting the user from the important tasks (negative view). In this article I’ll present some ideas pro multitasking and some … Read More