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Issue #59 The End? Or The Beginning…

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    There’s no easy way to say this, but I fired Jeff from our newsletter.


    We all like Jeff, and I’ll let him make appearances from time to time, but I decided we needed a fresh perspective.  

    So, I’m overseeing the content, adding great stuff, and making sure it’s up to my standards.

    You’ll see some changes around here, please let me know what you think! USE the nifty buttons at the bottom of this email and let me know what you want.

    In today’s newsletter:

    • Amazing Announcements, our blogs and stuff coming your way.
    • In Back to Business, we talk about why taking time away from the business matters.
    • And wrap up with the Community Corner – have something to add? Let me know!

    I do have one special request:

    If you are in any way associated with the legal world, please vote for Gillman Strategic Group as the best Recruiter in the NJ Law Journal’s The Best of Survey here (they are Category 57).

    Now, on to the good stuff.

    Amazing Announcements

    🧪 What are SMART Targets, and how to use them. There is a science to creating tasks! (Who knew?) You can read about it here.

    ⚙️ Part of building a team is fairly evaluating performance. Here’s how to set up your performance evaluation. Read more here.

    🗓 Virtual reality isn’t just for gaming?! On July 26th, Start Grow Manage will be partnering with CONINVR to host our first virtual reality event. The best part? You don’t need a headset to join! Register here.

    Back to Business


    Have you ever brought your laptop on vacation?

    • One of the best things about working from home is being able to work from anywhere.
    • Also, one of the worst things about working from home is being able to work from anywhere.

    See the problem?

    Without giving yourself the right boundaries, you’ll take your work with you everywhere. Even on vacation. Even during your kid’s graduation. Even when you should be resting in bed while recovering from COVID.

    That’s why Carla’s second order of business after taking over the newsletter was giving the Start Grow Manage team a mandatory two-week vacation.

    (Joe has the title CEO, but only because Carla allows him to).  

    But actually, our summer break has other inspiration.

    We were inspired last year by Team Forleo and took a company summer break, and we were so impressed with the results that we are doing it again.

    But there is more to it than a break.  We also want to avoid a Ken Olson moment.  

    He was the guy who infamously stated that there was no need for computers in homes. He Jeered at the young Bill Gates with his absurd notion of a computer in every home. 

    But then Olsons Digital Equipment Corp went out of business, and Gates took over the world.  

    And Gates kept Microsoft from growing stale by taking time off.

    He’d lock himself in a cabin for two weeks with plenty to read and think about things. That is how he came up with Internet Explorer and other world domination plans.  

    So we will shut down for two weeks to think about things. We’ll read, we’ll study, we’ll come up with new models for you.  

    Find some time to do this for yourself, you will be glad you did (and you may stave off abject failure, just say’n).

    Community Corner

    ⭐️ NJ Law Journal “Best of” Rankings One of our community members, Jennifer Gillman has her company Gillman Strategic Group up in the running for “Best Recruiter” in the “Best of” by NJ Law Journal.

    If you are in the legal profession (or share this with someone who is), then we’d appreciate it if you could scroll down to Category 57 (Best Recruiter) and vote for Gillman Strategic Group.

    🖥 More Screens, More Fun Heather recently purchased an attachable portable monitor from SideTrak and has been loving it. So don’t underestimate the power of what a second (or third in my case) monitor can do for your productivity.

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