10 ideas for the start of the second half of 2019

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I was reading an article on The Athletic’s website that had 22 things from Zion Williamson’s first pro game and I’d been thinking about the second half of 2019 the last few weeks. So I ran the two ideas through the wringer and decided to offer up 10 thoughts about the second half of 2019.

FYI, since this is unusual for me, this may not work.

1. Strategy seems to be at the forefront of a lot of people’s thoughts right now and I think I’m going to do a lot more work on helping people focus their strategies around the 3 important strategic questions. What is your value? Who is your customer? How do we reach them?

2. Check out Jeff Tweedy’s book. It came out last year and I’m just getting around to it now. But it is worth reading.

3. For me, getting into different spaces has helped clarify my thinking lately. As an example, taking a walk when my thinking gets cloudy.

4. I’m still trying to get to 5,000,000 steps in 2019 and that means I’m trying to make sure to get to 13,700 per day, minimum. So if we are in the same town, let’s take a walk.

5. As I’ve been starting my research for my upcoming trip to Australia, one of the more interesting things that has come out of the research is the need to focus on the customer and to focus on customer service. These two ideas aren’t unique to Australia, but it is amazing how everywhere I go the customer is often at the front of people’s minds, but also something people struggle to figure out.

6. I’m going to do more Whiteboard Workshops where I get a small group of people together in a room and work through their opportunities and challenges. The first one in June was super successful and I am going to do one in July for a client. Incredible insights come out of setting your ideas onto a board and testing your assumptions.

7. I’m excited for the Premier League season to kick off again. Last season helped draw me closer to my friends around the world as we all cheered for our teams and talked smack about them.

8. I had breakfast with Harrison Monarth last week in NYC and he reminded me that even when you dress casually, you can do it well. He also mentioned that you need to check your shoes because people will judge you on everything…even when they don’t mean to or want to. (Fortunately, I had on my summer AF 1s.)

9. I was reading Jeff Tweedy’s book and he talked about challenging himself to create one new thing every day. I do that as well and I think I want to challenge you to do that as well. What will you make?

10. The tide seems to be turning back towards sales not being a dirty word. Because more and more people are getting back to the basics and understanding the importance of sales being about service.

What do you think?

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