I’ve been working at LeadingAgile since mid 2012. Early on, Mike Cottmeyer (founder and CEO) said he wanted me (and others) to act like we’re building our own mini LeadingAgiles. He has consistently said “make your decisions as though it was your company.” The advice has served me well. Now, either you’re committed to your company or organization or you’re not. Either you’re trying to help grow it and improve it or you’re not.
When I talk to others about what I do, related to short-term and long-term horizons, they ask me why I don’t go start my own consultancy. That answer is simple. I don’t want to! I believe in Mike’s vision for the company and what LeadingAgile is doing. If you love what you’re doing, it’s not hard; it’s not work.
What do I do?
- I manage accounts (deliver on our commitments)
- I continuously look for opportunities to help existing and future clients
- I continuously look for ways to improve LeadingAgile
- I keep my eyes out for local talent we can hire
- I maintain a sales funnel that I work every single day
- I occasionally write blog posts
- I engage people on Twitter every day
- I speak at events (semi-annually)
- I organize and host monthly meetup events
- I’ve organized a conference and will do more
But Derek, there isn’t enough time in the day
This statement is complete and utter bullshit. Everyone is given an equal opportunity. You have 24 hours. How YOU choose to spend this resource is up to you. I get up every day at 5AM. I usually work until around 12AM. I work on the weekends. So, don’t tell me there isn’t enough time.
How we’re wired
If you want to do your job and check out at 5pm, I’m not going to fault you. Do your job and do it with excellence. But don’t try and bullshit me by telling me that you don’t have the time to do things you want to do. You make time for the things that are important to you. There is not a lack of time. There is just a lack of conviction, drive, and grit.