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Chris Caldwell

Hiring doesn’t always solve the problems you think it will, and when it does, hiring creates critical leverage that moves you and your business towards a brighter future.

Here are some simple equations and visuals to keep in mind when figuring out who to hire during the critical early stages of business and team growth. Let's start with what your situation looks like just before making that first hire.

The solopreneur who wants to grow.

1 = 0.1

You are keeping things moving, growing, and working well enough to maintain your success but you aren’t in a great position to scale and grow the business. As you take on…


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Knowing if you’ve developed a good or bad strategy, before implementing it, isn’t easy. I use a sentence to remind myself of everything that I need to consider to create a well-formed strategy. You can use this regardless of your area or level within an organization to create better strategies and outcomes.

We are trying to create this desired outcome by removing these obstacles while adhering to these values, principles, and guiding policies by taking these actions and approaches instead of these alternative actions and approaches, so that we can acheive our purpose.

It’s a mouthful, right?!... but the elements…


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This article is one part of a series on my leadership values, which form the basis of my leadership blueprint, a tool that I use to accelerate my integration into new teams by helping them understand who I am, what I value, and how it shows up in the work I do every day.

Although the article is short, it contains many links to books and reference materials that flesh out particular concepts. …


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Writing doesn’t come easily to me, but I’ve found that it’s one of the best ways to clarify thoughts, deepen learning, and share the unique experiences and perspectives that shape my world view.

Throughout my life, I’ve had experiences that diminished my appreciation and enjoyment of writing. In high school, I spent an insane amount of time writing an essay to bring my grade up in a civics class. …


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It takes me time to read books. I treat them like textbooks and make notes by highlighting intriguing passages, capturing my thoughts in the margins, dog-earring pages, and capturing critical takeaways on the blank pages at the beginning of the books.

I find ways to apply the concepts contained in the pages to the context of my life, often pausing my reading until I’ve tested concepts in the real world.

When something produces a better outcome by simplifying my work, clarifying my thinking, or making the work more joyful, I weave it into my leadership and management practices as part…


Get the Gravity Assist Working

Problem: The Axidraw V3 relies on the weight of the pen to drop the pen holder assembly from the up position onto the drawing surface when the servo releases the pen slide.

Unfortunately, the Pentel Energel 0.7 mm Metal Tip pen (Black) didn’t have enough mass to overcome the friction created by the vertical slide—the pen would stay in the up position.

Solution: Strap a couple of AA batteries to the pen using a rubber band.


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This article is one part of a series on my leadership values, which form the basis of my leadership blueprint, a tool that I use to accelerate my integration into new teams by helping them understand who I am, what I value, and how it shows up in the work I do every day.

Although the article is short, it contains many links to books and reference materials that flesh out particular concepts. …


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This article is one part of a series on my leadership values, which form the basis of my leadership blueprint, a tool that I use to accelerate my integration into new teams by helping them understand who I am, what I value, and how it shows up in the work I do every day.

Although the article is short, it contains many links to books and reference materials that flesh out particular concepts. …


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This article is one part of a series on my leadership values, which form the basis of my leadership blueprint, a tool that I use to accelerate my integration into new teams by helping them understand who I am, what I value, and how it shows up in the work I do every day.

Although the article is short, it contains many links to books and reference materials that flesh out particular concepts. …


Photo by You X Ventures on Unsplash

This article is one part of a series on my leadership values, which form the basis of my leadership blueprint, a tool that I use to accelerate my integration into new teams by helping them understand who I am, what I value, and how it shows up in the work I do every day.

Although the article is short, it contains many links to books and reference materials that flesh out particular concepts. …

Chris Caldwell

I help businesses build, lead, and manage teams.

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