Start a business. You can start a t-shirt business online with zero dollars using Cafe Press. You can learn more about marketing, merchandising, social media, advertising, and commerce by simply doing it. You may not make any money on your t-shirt business, but the first rule of Technology Ventures still applies, “Everyone needs a good t-shirt.” Get good at t-shirts. Get good at online. Get good at expressing your ideas and communicating that “message” to others. (It will be a fantastic resume discussion point.)
If you do not ask your people on a regular basis, “How can I help you kick ass,” you are missing a big opportunity for growth. Growth in the relationship between you and the team member. And potentially, if the process is followed through with focused and deliberate action, you can inspire people to do great work.
At a team building off-site some time ago, I was joined around the table by 8 colleagues for a nice (re: costly) lunch. A social thanks from our manager. While most of the members of my “close” team were at different tables, we tried to make the most of our lunch by chatting amongst ourselves. […]