BizCraft Episode 39: Finding your “stand” and how that flows into your business

BizCraft Ep39

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This is BizCraft, the podcast about the business side of web design, recorded live almost every two weeks. Your hosts are Carl Smith (@carlsmith) of nGen Works and Gene Crawford (@genecrawford) of UnmatchedStyle.

Episode Overview

In this episode of BizCraft we talk figuring our your “stand”; what you believe in and how you approach life and work. How all that can flow back into your business or job. Some deep stuff for a BizCraft episode no?

Show Flow:

We talked up ConvergeFL and some of the recently announced speakers and differences for this year’s event.

Location, Location, Location:
This post by HappyCog got us thinking about working with local vs. remote clients.

Client: “How can we be sure your location isn’t an issue?”
Me: “It’s not.”

How do you communicate with your clients about your team and how you work?

We talked about how we manage burnout and getting in the zone.
How do you get in the zone and get it done when your entire being is revolting against the task?
How about burnout? How have you handled burnout in the past or a team member’s burnout?
This post on ycombinator lead us there…

Living up to your business’ ideals:
How do you keep your business in check with your personal core values and how do you develop your company’s values?

Carl outlined a way to review these things and take action.

This post on ALA got us to thinking about this topic.

“…we decided to change that by developing a model for evaluating potential clients, giving us a practical, standardized way to make decisions that stay truer to our values. While it may seem like being picky about who we work with is bad for business, we’ve found the opposite to be true: the more we’ve stuck to our ideals, the stronger our business has become.”

We discussed the “vision quest” & Bushido thinking.

The SEAL Code: a Warrior Creed is a great place to start to being to figure out your “stand”…

We expect to lead and be led. In the absence of orders I will take charge, lead my teammates and accomplish the mission. I lead by example in all situations.

Quote from the book; Good to great by Jim Collins – “Get the right people on the bus, then decide where you want to go.”

Where @ next?

Breaking Development: Beyond the Desktop

ConvergeFL Nov 7-8th
ConvergeRVA Oct 10th

Drinks at end of show:

Gene: Chimay Tripel
Carl: Sierra Nevada Summer Fest


Gene Crawford

With over a decade of experience in the industry he has overseen the design and architecture of hundreds of web sites and applications. An active member in the design community, he's the editor & producer of, the ConvergeSE, ConvergeFL, ConvergeRVA and the Breaking Development conference series.