Why I Haven't Responded to Emails

May 13, 2020 Business Strategy

16 Reasons I Haven’t Responded To Your Email

After writing about the main reasons I don’t pick up my phone, I was eager to author a separate breakdown of why I dodge scheduled meetings (and what makes asynchronous work more bearable). But due to the evergrowing influx of emails or direct messages across a dozen platforms, a rationale behind delaying replies appears to

Mario Peshev and Cal Evans on the power of networking

April 29, 2020 Business Strategy

The Power of Networking Done Right

The reason I find networking critically important is simple. Referrals make the best business contacts. Freelancers get a lot of business through word-of-mouth. Internships are often contingent on a common point of contact. Hiring for a senior management position is almost completely dependent on networking. Moreover: Plenty of brilliant minds are introverts. You don’t always

what it means to niche down

March 25, 2020 Business Strategy

Focus, Niche Down, and Skyrocket Your Business

Selling to businesses locally or internationally usually entails selling services or products. Products are a bit easier since you can provide a trial version of your product and broadcast it everywhere. Products are also well-defined, you can easily outline the scope of your product and draft several case studies tackling specific problems. Services are different.

software outsourcing

March 18, 2020 Business Strategy

An In-Depth Breakdown of the Software Outsourcing Industry

If you have just stumbled upon this post organically, I’ve been running a 50+ agency for the past decade, currently consult 40+ businesses leveraging outsourcing, and offload multiple areas of work through outsourcing. As the question of outsourcing development services comes up fairly often, this guide answers the most common concerns or misconceptions business owners

Quora for business

March 4, 2020 Business Strategy

9 Ways to Use Quora for Business Growth

A few years ago, we ran a survey among most of our clients. We wanted to do a recap of a certain year and see what we could do better. Some of the standard questions revolved around our key services, what are the things we do best and where we fail the most. But, we

hiring a consultant guide

February 12, 2020 Business Strategy

The Ultimate Guide to Hiring a Consultant for Business Growth

Consultants “can” be instrumental to a business. But since consultancy is broadly irregulated, everyone can update their LinkedIn headline and start a consulting career out of nowhere. There are lots of people who try to offer consulting without really knowing what they consult on. Navigating through the consulting landscape is extremely challenging without a reliable

risk management techniques

January 29, 2020 Business Strategy

10 Practical Risk Management Techniques

Successful business founders, executives, and managers employ different approaches when it comes to risk management. Only 23% of CEOs believe they have comprehensive information about the risks in their business even if 92% of them agree that having such information is highly critical to the success of their venture. On Shark Tank’s season 7, Robert

Workplace Communication Techniques and Strategies

December 4, 2019 Business Strategy

Workplace Communication Techniques and Strategies

No matter what role you have in an organization – a manager, a vendor, a consultant, or an advisor – each comes with its own challenges particularly in managing workplace communication issues. These communication issues often involve conflicts in employee relations. It’s usually the nitpicking or annoyance from the older hire that shows. Or, complaints

November 24, 2019 Business Strategy

16 Reasons Why I Don’t Pick Up My Phone

Back when I decided to no longer pick up my phone in 2014 or so, I was considered nuts by everyone around me. Nowadays, more and more of my friends and colleagues have adopted this practice, thanks to the endless number of sales calls (and even worse: robocalls). According to a TNS report (quoted on