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8 Lessons On Working Smarter (And Proving Naysayers Wrong)
Based on the craziest project I've ever worked on...
Welcome back to The Snow Report!
This month, my team at SHOWRUNNER released a behind-the-scenes web series documenting how we made a TV pilot about freelancers—outside the Hollywood system and using special effects technology that people assume only Star Wars can afford.
It’s an awesome project, and you can watch the web series here, but for this edition of The Snow Report, I wanted to share 8 lessons that I’ve taken away for myself on in light of this project.
Whatever it is YOU’RE working on, I suspect one or more of these lessons on working smarter will change the way you think:
Lesson 1: Don’t Argue With People About What “Can’t Be Done.” Win The Argument By Doing It.
Lesson 2: If You Want Your Team To Push Boundaries, Get In The Trenches With Them
Lesson 3: When Solving Big Problems, Tap Into More People’s Thinking Earlier On
Even if you don’t go with everyone’s idea (you usually can’t), you can always use more options and more filters.
Lesson 4: The Only Way To Solve Problems Smarter Is To Approach Them From New Angles
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Lesson 5: For Breakthrough Ideas, Look Outside Your Field, Not Within It
Lesson 6: Team-Building Should Be Like Casting, Not Cloning
Lesson 7: Great Teamwork is Choreography, Not Yahtzee
Lesson 8: Tools Are More Effective At Changing Behavior Than Persuasive Arguments
I hope at least one of these lessons gets you thinking differently about how you approach your next big thing.
Make a great week!
P.S. I’m quickly booking up on speaking engagements for the rest of this year. So if you’ve got a group who any of this stuff would resonate with, check out my keynote speaking page and give my team a shout!