What are your values? And how do you avoid temptation?

People talk a lot about how important values are to your business. But do you actually stick to them? Or do they (inadvertently) go out of the window when someone offers you a big contract?

I was struggling a bit last year so I did a little exercise with myself, and came up with five questions that I need to ask before I take on a new client.

Those questions are:

  • Do we connect?
  • Can I see your purpose in life?
  • Do you like other people?
  • Will I improve your life?
  • Will you improve my life?

If you don’t get 3 out of 5, I will try to help but I won’t take you on. Ideally you should get 4 out of 5 and then I know we’re a good fit.

Looking back at my previous clients, it was a perfect match – the projects that had gone badly also had clients that scored 2 or less.

It’s not a perfect system; I took on a client the other month that was only a 2.5 and I regret it already. But that’s my fault for breaking the rules.

If you’d like help in coming up with your own set of questions, the exercise I used for this is part of my Five Day Challenge. Registration is free and we start on Monday (the 2nd of March), so this is your last chance to get involved.

There are ‼️too many fantastic female software developers‼️.

It’s a problem.

I’ve worked with a lot of women over the (many) years I’ve run my software business.

And nearly all have been absolutely amazing. I mean, I’m probably a 10x programmer (post on that coming soon – it’s nothing to do with your skills at coding) but they’ve all been (almost😉) as good as me.

But that’s actually a problem.

Look around you.

There are a few women who are really really good.

There are a few men who are really really good.

And then there are lots and lots of men who are “just OK”.

🔍 Where are the women who are “just OK”? 🔎

Why aren’t they there?

It’s because men get to coast.

They get to make mistakes and speak in meetings and put forward ideas – even if they’re not great.

But women get driven out.

Every mistake is pounced on, they are talked over in meetings and their ideas are ignored (until a bloke suggests the same thing twenty minutes later).

And there’s only so long anyone can stand it before they get out and move somewhere more welcoming.

So, having only amazing women in software is a problem.

We need more mediocre women.

Because that’s how we’ll know we’re making a difference.

How to stick to your New Year’s Resolutions

Oof – so that’s January done with.

In to Month 2 of 2020 (and yesterday was Palindrome Day too).

How are your New Year’s Resolutions holding up?

Did you spend time doing the things that you wanted to at the weekend?

Or did you spend Sunday evening with your laptop, “just getting a few bits done before Monday morning”? Even though you had promised yourself you were “done with that this year”?

I’m not always fantastic at it – I spent a good few weekends at the end of last year, desperately trying to clear some client work (software development, which always drags on much longer than expected).

But that’s the exception, not the rule now, because I’m following three pretty simple rules – prioritise, design and finance.

  • Prioritise, because you have to know what you need to get done first.
  • Design, because you need to have a plan and know where you’re going.
  • And finance, because if you’re money’s flowing in the right places, it gives you scope to reduce all your other worries.

So if you can feel 2020’s good intentions slipping back into 2019’s bad habits, I’m doing a free “Ask me Anything

Just choose a time and we’ll have a half hour chat to see what we can do to get your 2020 back on track.

Now, I’m not just doing this out of the good of my heart. Although I do like helping people out.

I’m giving my time and expertise away for free, because, frankly, I had a shitty 2019, and I need to rethink how I approach things in 2020.

So I need to talk to as many people as possible and hear where you are struggling – and thus make sure my offering matches actual needs.

This should end up as one of those fabled win-win situations; I learn a ton and get to help people out, you get some expert advice without shelling out a fortune. Not bad eh?

So if you think you need some help getting your business, and your life, moving in the right direction, pick a time and we’ll have a chat. I’m sure I can help you out.

Ask me Anything

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