1. You learn if you like it One of the worst outcomes of a promotion is when a great performer realizes they have made a mistake and do not like their new job. This often happens with technical employees who love to solve problems and get their hands dirty in complicated situations. When promoted to …

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At Emphasys it has always been one of our values that we have the Best Performers. There are several ways we ensure this occurs. One of the easiest is focusing on making sure we only hire the very best. The more difficult element lies in challenging our existing team to raise the performance bar on …

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The Founder’s Culture Challenge Imagine you are starting your own company. You have an idea, a market, and a client’s problem you believe you can solve better than anyone else. You know you can do it on your own but you need to grow your team so that you can expand. You want to keep …

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While high school may have taught you differently, a geek really is an athlete. I mean it. While the traditional form of athletics has an outwardly physical nature to it, “Geek Athletes,” are using a part of their body that consumes the most energy: their brain. By doing deep work, you are actually rendering a …

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Once you leave school, your learning has only just begun. This time, though, you don’t have assigned books- you need to find your own. I might have one for you. While I read quite a bit of fiction, I also enjoy business books, particularly those that focus on individual and team performances. As a leader …

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Over the years, we have moved our offices many times, but in a recent change to our Miami office, I put a great deal of effort into the design. Part social experiment and part labor of love, I thought we could simultaneously use the space more efficiently while helping to adjust the culture at the …

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A common question I receive from people I have recently met or friends that are stepping into software is how they should look at their business. Not too long ago, a close friend repeated this same question to me. Many people think of software companies as the ones they read about in popular articles. The …

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In Vertical Markets, Relationships Last a Long Time In many of the markets in which Emphasys operates, the key to success is the long-term relationships between us and our clients. The reality is that there is no relationship between our company and the client- it is between our staff and the client’s staff. That is where …

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We all hire people. Unfortunately, statistically, we’re quite bad at it. Between high failure rates of the position and overall cost of poor personnel fits, the impact to clients of inadequate hiring is one of the highest undocumented expenses most companies face. The question I keep asking myself is, how can we get better at …

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A couple months ago, I wrote about my experience playing hockey. That period of my life was extremely influential on me and I thought I could share what happened after. I left off my hockey story in choosing to go the U.S. Scholarship route. After returning from Sudbury, the Burlington Cougars were the team I …

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