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“Start talking to folks before you throw something into the world by yourself and don’t get the tone of the city or the people in it.” – Jill
Ashley Quinto Powell of The Bossy calls in and she has a great opportunity to launch a Chicago chapter after founding her business in Madison, Wisconsin. She wants to know the best way to do a launch in the Second City (though she would prefer not to do a fun run). Jill and Brad help her to get practical and less vague.
“The first thing you want to do is to stop solving people’s problems.” – Brad
Brad’s talking about the most popular Harvard Business Review article of all time, published in 1973: “Who’s Got The Monkey?” The monkey is a problem that the employee doesn’t know how to solve, so they leave it with the business owners. So, ideally, you want to make sure that your office is a no-monkey zone.
So when someone walks in with a problem, the first thing to do is to be really stupid, Brad says. It trains people to come to you with solutions.
How do you deal with the monkey? Listen in!»
- Ashley Quinto Powell is the founder of the Madison Boss Moms, Chicago Boss Moms, and Bossy. newsletter. She has been in technical consulting sales for 10 years and is the Director of Business Development for Table XI in Chicago, Il. Find her on Instagram.
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