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How to Work at Peak Productivity - and Avoid Squirrel Time

Posted by StellaPop on Feb 12, 2019 8:03:00 AM

Ever asked a colleague about an email or task, only to get sidetracked talking about something else entirely? At StellaPop we call these moments "squirrel time," after Doug the notoriously distractible dog in the film Up.

Not all squirrel time is bad. We all need a break every now and then, and sometimes squirrel time can result in valuable discussions or insights about a client, a task or a process. But how do you control squirrel time so that you don't go nuts?

Here's how we ensure that we stay on task and meet our deadlines - while still allowing for occasional office chit chat and discussion. 

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Topics: Management Consulting, Management, CEO Series

Mis-Approved! How to Go from First Draft to Final Approval

Posted by StellaPop on Feb 7, 2019 10:35:47 AM

Every new project starts first with conception. Conception is when the germ of an idea is born. That idea is then brought to fruition by creativity, sweat, and a healthy dose of humility if you’re doing it right. You have to be humble because the path from first iterations to final approval is a dark road littered with twists and turns and peppered with umpteen revisions.

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Topics: Management Consulting, Management

How To Develop A Winning Business Strategy: Knowing What Not to Do

Posted by StellaPop on Jan 9, 2019 10:20:05 AM

The beginning of the year is often flooded with goal setting. Goals are wonderful. They're motivating. They're often a way of tracking your success. Goals are great. 

But let's get one thing straight. A strategy isn't the same thing as a goal. A strategy is the how and the why. It's choosing what to do and what not to do. 

And a business without a sound strategy fueling its actions is sunk no matter how good you're at setting goals. 

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Topics: Management Consulting, Business Consulting, Management

Resilient Businesses Survive, Thrive or Nosedive - Time to Build a Strategy?

Posted by StellaPop on Dec 19, 2018 7:23:00 AM

The word resilient has two definitions in general use. The first refers to a person or entity that's able to withstand and recover from difficult situations. The second reference an object with the ability to spring back into shape after bending, stretching, or being compressed. 

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Topics: Management Consulting, Business Consulting, Management

Year-End Biz Quiz: #Goals

Posted by StellaPop on Dec 13, 2018 10:25:42 AM

It’s that time of year again. The time where we look back and assess where we’re at and what we’ve done. Evaluate what worked and what didn’t and make plans to do even better moving forward. With that said, the end of 2018 is closing in fast. Did you accomplish all of your business goals for the year? Achieve all of your business dreams? Or do you feel you’ve fallen short?

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Topics: Management Consulting, Business Consulting

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