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A Manifesto for Small Teams Doing Important Work

Our team discussed this post from Seth Godin in staff meeting a few years ago, and I ran across this again today and thought I’d share it.

A Manifesto for Small Teams Doing Important Work

We are always under tight deadlines, because time is our most valuable asset.
If you make a promise, set a date. No date, no promise.
If you set a date, meet it.
If you can’t make a date, tell us early and often. Plan B well prepared is a better strategy than hope.
Clean up your own mess.
Clean up other people’s messes.
Over-communicate.
Question premises and strategy.
Don’t question goodwill, effort or intent.
“I’ll know it when I see it,” is not a professional thing to say. Describing and discussing in the abstract is what we do.
Big projects are not nearly as important as scary commitments.
If what you’re working on right now doesn’t matter to the mission, help someone else with their work.
Make mistakes, own them, fix them, share the learning....

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004 How Well Do You Connect with Your Creative Team? - Ben Thomas

Creative work requires time, space and understanding to produce. If you want the type of creativity that moves your organization and community forward, you have to be able to lead creative teams well. Ben Thomas is an incredible songwriter who has served as a creative director for non-profit organizations. He brings us his unique perspective on the challenges and rewards of leading creative teams and accomplishing creative work.

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002 Hero to Hero Maker - Dave Ferguson

We had the honor of connecting with Dave Ferguson in Chicago to have a conversation about how to be a Hero Maker. It is all-to-easy to think that the role of a leader is to be the hero. In this episode, Dave gives us the truth about putting our focus on making your people the heroes and how that will cause exponential growth.

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