Links this week cover work/life balance, problem solving, writing for readers, sales and marketing, business growth, reconnecting with an old friend, and succeeding at a new role in a new organization. Enjoy!
This is work/life balance week for me, so I'll lead off with this perspective on perspective by "America's Favorite Workplace Columnist" Anita Bruzzese.
The A3 report is a cornerstone of Toyota's problem solving method, and might help you and your organization, too. Jon Miller explains the report and how to use it.
You have probably noticed the readability statistics in Microsoft's Word application. I use them often, to help me write for comprehension. Andy Sernovitz found Amazon's new book readability stats, and put his book to the test. His book, by the way, is more readable than most. Well done!
Kirsten Farris does a nice job of demystifying internet marketing on typepad. Don't forget to link over to the website she setup using TypePad's pages feature. Note especially how she used a links TypeList rather than letting the pages module define how her pages were listed. Nice! (And another item for my "to do" list.)
More than a few of my friends and coaching clients dread cold calls. Do you? (Be honest!) Kevin Dee has some thoughts on how to make cold calls easier.
Are you a one-man or one-woman shop and looking to grow? Check out Ilise Benun's post on the subject.
Jesse Petersen has been running an interesting series called "Back to Basics." Phil Gerbyshak recently wrote a guest post on the subject, called "7 steps to reconnect with an old friend." Phil is THE relationship geek, as his advice in this article proves quite nicely.
I've written extensively here about the process of joining a new organization. One of the "gurus" in the field, Michael Watkins, wrote this week about how not to go overboard when coming on board a new organization.