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Eradicating Artificial Harmony with Daily Debriefs

Eradicating Artificial Harmony with Daily Debriefs

Continual improvement runs deep in the veins of Syrup. From the work we do to the process of creating it, down to the people on the team themselves. Nothing in this business goes long without the lens of continual improvement fixed over it. Recently that lens focused in on our team communication. We have a close team....

Annual Planning: The 1, 3, & 10

Annual Planning: The 1, 3, & 10

The 4th quarter of every year represents both the final push to complete all your goals for the year as well as a chance to set and clearly define new ones for next year. It’s the time for annual planning. If you’re already done, just getting started, or somewhere in between, here are some things...

3 Ways to Become a Better Project Manager

3 Ways to Become a Better Project Manager

As a Project Manager here at Syrup, I spend the majority of my time looking at timelines, setting dates for tasks, and ensuring the flow of work happens efficiently throughout the team. In order to carry out my roles and responsibilities effectively, I must follow certain processes, be extremely organized, and know when to say...

Real Business Lessons From This Year’s FIFA World Cup

Real Business Lessons From This Year’s FIFA World Cup

Congrats, France! Man, this FIFA World Cup certainly did not disappoint. From small countries beating perennial powerhouses to teams breaking decade-long curses, to flopping (oh so much flopping), it has been a tournament to remember. Now that it’s over, let’s take a look at some lessons we can learn from this year’s World Cup. What...

Something in Common with Jeff Bezos: Conversations Over Presentations

Something in Common with Jeff Bezos: Conversations Over Presentations

If you are plugged into any one of the standard go-to business sources, you’ve likely come across conversations about Jeff Bezos’s 2018 Letter to Shareholders this past week. He has been publishing this letter every year since 1997, and in the same vein as Warren Buffett’s annual address, it’s become “must-read” material. This year certainly...

How to Develop Healthy Business Habits

How to Develop Healthy Business Habits

In the same way that developing habits is key to personal development, a business develops habits as well. The question is whether that happens by default or by design. Designing Healthy Business Habits For those who design healthy habits, this is usually achieved by some form of continual BPI (Business Process Improvement). We are currently...

4 Ways to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone

4 Ways to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone

If you’re anything like me, you might struggle with trying new things — whether it’s vacationing to a different spot or trying out that trendy new restaurant in town. Maybe you’d rather stay inside your comfort zone and go to the same place you’ve been to twenty times before. You might even have the entire...

The Process Power Struggle: Confessions of a Process Addict

The Process Power Struggle: Confessions of a Process Addict

I have a confession. I’m a process addict. I’m all about going with the flow and being adaptable, but when I find a process that works (you know, the “right way” to do something), it’s tough for me to stray away from that (you can ask my husband how tough it was for me to...

The Triangle of Awesome

The Triangle of Awesome

The sport of business is hard. Sometimes it’s really hard. It’s not always fun, profitable or rewarding. Not everyone makes it. So what if you could make the game even harder on yourself? Is that something you might be interested in? I give you what I have coined The Triangle of Awesome. It’s not really...

Ask the Hard Questions

Ask the Hard Questions

Asking the hard questions is–well, tough. Especially for people pleasers. But here is why I think that the extra effort is well worth it...