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Why Can’t Work Be More Fun?

workFor many, work is a 4-letter word. Songs are written about how much we hate it. There are television shows that share how awful some jobs are. The source of our greatest complaints in life are either about our family or our work.

But what if instead of seeing work as a sentence, we saw it as an opportunity to do more of what we do best? What if we actually found work fun? Unthinkable! Impossible! Stop kidding around and get back to being serious – this is work we are talking about. Our “work ethic” says that work is supposed to be tough, challenging, complicated and demanding. What if we had it all wrong?

If we could use more of our talents and live more of our passions, we could raise the enjoyment, engagement and fun in our work. But most of us get pushed into work situations instead of intentionally choosing them. We think money matters most when it comes to work.

However, talk to those who are exceptional at what they do and love doing it and they will share that they used fun, engagement and impact as criteria for selecting work, a job or a career – not just money. After all, you choose what you will have to do each day. It seems reasonable to choose something that engages and inspires you, not one that will be a challenge to get out of bed for each morning.

Besides being a workplace and life coach, I am an adjunct professor for a college in South Florida. Most of my students have no idea of not only what they want from college, but what things they should be studying to be ready for life after college. They have not been taught how to look within themselves to see their unique abilities and passions, and how to review their world for the places that will let them do what they do best. They are setting themselves up for work that they won’t find fun, exciting and engaging. We are creating the next generations of those who will continue to write and sing about how bad work is and how we have to just put up with it until they get to come home – or die. Every moment of life is one worth living wisely and with intention. And if work uses the greatest number of the moments of our lives, isn’t it worth it to find a way to build fun AND impact into our work?

This makes me want to ask 2 questions:

  1. If you could realign to a field, job or position that would activate your greater talents and passions, what would it be and how could start to make the change?
  2. If you can’t make a job or career change because of your current situation or commitments, how can you look at what you do and find more things in the workplace that feed your spirit, soul, talents and passions?

Here are some examples.

Steve is an entrepreneur – his work is to evaluate business ideas in which to invest. His job is so much fun for him, he told me he can hardly stand it. He is excited and “on” every moment.

Marie waits tables – work is fun for her. She can’t wait to meet the next person, share stories and hear theirs. She takes on extra shifts, not for the money, but for the time with new people.

Bob is the CFO for a company. Month end is his favorite time of month as he reviews the performance of the company, prepares reports and makes presentations. For him, it doesn’t get better than this.

Tess is an administrative assistant. Though she is good at what she doe, it isn’t her favorite work. She is intensely creative so she asked to coordinate the office events and write the company newsletter. These raise the fun meter in her role.

We choose our level of happiness and fun. If it isn’t as we like it, we must change it. There are always things we can do to improve how we see the world, and what we do in it. As George Bernard Shaw shares, “Life is no ‘brief candle’ to me. It is sort of a splendid torch which I have a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it over to future generations.” Make the moments matter. Make the most of everything. Don’t wait for things to change, change them.

Love life. Love work. Have more fun. Make more fun. It is possible. It is up to each of us to make it happen.

Better Than Before: Why are Adult Women Using ADHD Meds?

ADHD pillsI read with great interest the other day a story on the rising use of ADHD medication among women. While the new mantra for women is that to succeed they need to “lean in,” to be more assertive and seek greater authority at work and at home, the added pressures to do it all may be driving them to use these prescriptions to help them attain that superwoman status. Consider, if you will, the competition out there. We all know that classic A-Type tornado — the woman who gets up at 5 a.m., sprints to the gym, then showers, answers all e-mails, fixes her family a breakfast of flaxseed banana waffles with hot maple syrup and is ready to go the office as soon as she drives her four equally perfect children to school.

I must confess that when my kids were little, I too, thought I could be the perfect woman. But that notion didn’t last very long. Indeed, I recall rushing my older sons off to the bus, taking my little girl to nursery school, and even giving The Lawyer a ride to his office. An hour later, all missions accomplished, I, Wonder Woman, űber wife, returned to my office and started to write my column still with plenty of time left to meet my deadline. I sat back in the chair and let out a large self-satisfied sigh, thinking to myself: Who said you can’t have it—and, most important, do it—all? Just then the phone rang.

“Mrs. Michael,” stated the voice on the other end, “this is Mrs. Butters at the nursery school.” Pause. “You seem to have sent your daughter to school in her pajamas.” Bam!

Until recently, the regular evening (and/or lunchtime) calmative of choice for professional women was almost always a glass (or two, or three) of white wine. But nowadays, more and more women are turning to prescription medication to help them focus and become more productive. While virtually all of us in the health advice arena recommend other modalities such as healthier diets, sound fitness programs and meditation, for example, a pill, alas, seems so much easier! In fact, according to a report just released by Express Scripts based  on an analysis of prescription claims that was the latest and most comprehensive look at ADHD medication trends in the U.S., adult women’s use of ADHD medications has risen so far and fast that it far outnumbers those taken by adult men.

The report also finds achievement demands may be impacting increasingly younger women. Surprisingly, the number of females ages 19-25 on these medications is 27 percent higher than girls ages 4-18, countering trends seen in males, whose ADHD medication use drops sharply after age 18. Furthermore, the greatest surge in ADHD use has been in the adult population – climbing 53 percent overall and an alarming 84 percent for those ages 26-34.

“The rapid increase in adult use of these medications is striking, especially since there is very little research on how these treatments affect an older population,” says David Muzina, M.D., Express Scripts’ Vice President of Specialist Practice. “It signals a need to look more closely at how and why physicians prescribe these medications for adults, particularly women, who may turn to them, or experience symptoms of attention disorders, as a result of keeping up with the multiple demands on their time.”

Other findings from the research include:

• The percentage of boys ages 12-18 using ADHD drugs reached 9 percent in 2012, a nearly 18 percent increase from 2008.

• The southern region of the U.S. has the highest concentration of ADHD medication use, with South Carolina showing the greatest prevalence overall: 14 percent of 12-18 year olds there are on an ADHD drug treatment program.

• The prescribing of anti-psychotic treatments is exceptionally high among those treated for ADHD (12 percent vs. 4 percent of non-ADHD medication users); however, the number has been declining in recent years.

Continues Dr. Muzina: “While ADHD medications can be extremely beneficial, they can still be dangerous for patients with heart problems, and may cause serious interactions with other prescriptions, as well as conditions such as bipolar disorder.“

That is why, according to the doctor, these types of drugs require judicious prescribing. To that end, patients with ADHD can benefit from the expertise and experience provided through Express Scripts’ Neuroscience Therapeutic Resource Center®, where specialist pharmacists with advanced training in behavioral treatments oversee their care. These experienced clinical specialists are very familiar with the complex medication-related issues associated with ADHD and its treatments, are well equipped to recognize medication issues and can effectively counsel patients on the proper use of these drugs.

With ADHD medication abuse a growing problem, specialist pharmacists are also on the lookout for any indications of potential abuse. If this is suspected, Express Scripts’ Fraud, Waste and Abuse program can investigate and, when necessary, will refer the matter to the proper legal authorities.

The net-net is that ADHD medications should be carefully prescribed and monitored. While so far it is mostly through anecdotal reporting, it seems as if there is a growing concern throughout the U.S. that these drugs are frequently being liberally administered without the proper testing. There certainly are plenty of credible defenders of this surge in growth of their use, but the Express Scripts Report is certainly sobering support for those who are alarmed by the recent upward trend. To access the full report, please visit http://lab.express-scripts.com/prescription-drug-trends/turning-attention-adhd/.

5 Ways To Protect Your Business

Smart businesspeople are preparing for the possibility that the global economy will fall apart. No one knows what the future will bring but many pundits are growing more and more concerned with the ballooning debt of many nations. So to borrow from a focal point of GE’s CEO, “protect the enterprise”.

Protect The Enterprise. Whether you run a solo business or lead a team of 10,000, I suggest it’s worth your time and energy to think through how you will protect your enterprise – and actually grow it – while your market peers get bounced around in the waves of uncertainty.

Here are 5 practical steps to build a strong company:

5 Ways To Protect Your Business

1. Have a Board of Advisors. Find people who have built great companies and ask them to sit on your advisory board. Meet every quarter. Show them your numbers. Share your struggles. Listen to-and act on-their advice.

2. Set Up A Peace of Mind Fund. Install a reserve fund with at least 12 months (and ideally 24 months) of operating expenses. Set it up so a portion of your monthly sales automatically goes into this account. You’ll sleep better at night knowing your business can run even if income slows down.

3. Focus on People and Culture. The single best way to protect your business is to hire top talent and invest in training your people so they  amp up their performance in good as well as hard times. And work on your culture. That’s the “special sauce” that brings out the best in a team.

4. Work On Your Business vs In It. The old Michael Gerber distinction is key here. I spoke at a YPO/EO event last week and met a young entrepreneur who’d just sold his company. I asked him for the single best move he made. “I worked on my business vs in it.” He explained his core concentration was on building systems and processes so the business ran superbly without him. (At the upcoming The Remarkable Entrepreneur™ SuperConference I’ll teach you exactly how to do this as well as execute flawlessly on each of these 5 winning tactics so your business is bullet-proofed against difficult times).

5. Become Obsessed with Value Creation. This is not some pie in the sky idea. It’s a hard-hitting business growth tactic. Obsess (yes, obsess) over how you can add more value to more people and the revenues will take care of themselves.

Make Your Business Awesome.
Robin Sharma

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Robin Sharma is the author of the #1 international bestseller The Leader Who Had No Title: A Modern Fable About Success in Business and in Life, a book that is causing transformation in many of the best businesses in the world.

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Fear Management vs. Fear Leadership

 The song of an entrepreneur…

Secretly, I’m afraid we won’t raise the money. But it’s okay. I can plow through that fear. We’ll raise the money, and everything will be okay. We’ll raise the money and stand the business up. We’ll have to hit our targets, get the customers in the door, run hard with the marketing plan. Yeah, it’s scary. What if they don’t come? What if they come but don’t buy? What if they buy, but not enough? It’s okay, I can manage that fear. It’ll work. I’ll make it work and everything will be okay. We’ll do this.

What if you don’t do it? What if you, say, "fail"? Does that mean that fear wins? How much do you need to be more than "okay"?

While we’re busy managing fear, fear can be managing us. It’s still creeping in, grabbing at our pant leg, begging to be paid attention to. And fear can always find a reason to get your attention – that’s it’s job – to get you to feed it. But what about the flu? (feed me!) But what about the market? (feed me!) But what about ten years from now? (feed me!) But what will they think? (feed me!)

Beyond coping with fear there is fearlessness. Because, here’s the white hot truth: if you go bankrupt, you’ll still be okay. If you lose the gig, the lover, the house, you’ll still be okay. If you sing off key, get beat by the competition, have to hand in the keys, you will still be okay. Ask anyone who’s been through it. They’re more than okay. People survive and they learn to thrive. It’s life. It’s business.

Don’t manage your fear. Lead your fear. Take charge. When fear climbs on your shoulder and starts nattering in your ear, here’s what you do: You stand as a master. You tell Scaredy Cat where you’re going, risks and all, and you convert Scaredy into a champion to help you get there. You say, lovingly but firmly (because ultimately the Scaredy Cat in you just wants some love and you’ve got plenty of it to give,) "Yep, we may fail, it’s possible. This is risky stuff. But we’ll still be okay. Because that’s who we are. We’re the kind of people that are okay, no matter what. So remember that invincibility and let’s get to work. There’s a new land to discover and the only way to find it is to keep going – cliffs, cash flow, agony, adulation and all. If you keep your mouth shut and your eyes wide open, we’ll get there sooner. We’re doing this. We’re doing this because we want to. Because this is what it means to do life."

And then watch what Scaredy Cat does. She’ll look perplexed for a minute. She’ll nuzzle up, as if to say thank you. And then she’ll strut down the street to help you recruit some new business.

Danielle LaPorte is the creator of WhiteHotTruth.com … which has been called the best place online for kick-ass spirituality. An inspirational speaker and CBC TV commentator, Danielle helps entrepreneurs rock their career with her signature Fire Starter Sessions. You can find her on Twitter @daniellelaporte

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R A M – The R A M Of Life – Respectfully

R A M – The R A M Of Life – Respectfully

 

R A M – Realization – Awareness – Management – Respectfully

 

R A M – Respectfully

We have inherited the very greatest of characteristical treasures ever; amongst which the virtues of realization, awareness and management represent their incredible importance’s in our daily lives respectively

The R A M Of Life – Respectfully

This is the foundation upon which the amazing processes of life are traversed

R A M – Computers – Respectfully

In computers the RAM (random access memory) is considered to be instrumentally crucial to the computer’s performance

R A M – Human Life – Respectfully

In human life, the RAM (realization, awareness and management) are pivotal factors that determine and have a profound impact on each and every aspect of life considerably

Parent’s Advice – Respectfully

This is why time and again, when we tend to reflect upon our Parent’s advice – it is a wealth of wealth’s that is within us that they seek to awaken

True – Respectfully

Our Parent’s always seek to inspire us to recognize our true identities – our true nature – our true selves

R A M – The R A M Of Life – Respectfully

R A M – Realization – Awareness – Management – Respectfully

There is indeed so much more attributable and commendable to the virtues of realization, awareness and management – that each encompasses another R A M within themselves as well respectively

R A M Within The R A M – Respectfully

The RAM within the RAM being the Revelation – Amazement & Miracles of Life respectively

N O W – Respectfully

Amongst the greatest miracles of life being the living with the awareness – the living in the now

Prelude – Respectfully

The above few words humbly expressed are a brief prelude since the journey of life encompasses profound insights and amazement’s within each and every precious moment infinitely

Keep Discovering Your True Nature Your True Self Love, Light and Wisdom; God Bless, Vashi Ram Chandi
Intuition; Respectfully

Let us seek to awaken our inner wisdom ; our higher consciousness; Let us seek to develop our intuition; Intuition is our inner guidance and compass of life- Intuition is the wisdom of the Soul – God Bless

God Bless; Respectfully

May One and All be Blessed with a Vision of Good Health, Happiness, Joy, Prosperity, Progress and Wisdom always; God Bless

Love, Light and Wisdom,

God Bless,

Vashi

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Motivate Or Eliminate? Don’t Waste Time Trying to Change Unmotivated Employees

The people in your workplace most likely fall into three different categories: visionaries, fence sitters, and resisters. 

Visionaries
are people who’ve caught the company’s vision—they make things happen. For them, it’s not just about the paycheck. They never have that it’s not-my-job attitude. They respect all job descriptions, protocols, and company standards. They do whatever it takes to make sure the company is profitable, the team is happy and healthy, and their participation is for the good of everyone. Their attitude is, “What’s in it for us today?” We love these people. Don’t get confused into thinking that a visionary must be a person in upper management, or someone who’s been with the company for a long time. You can be brand-new, be the lowest paid person, and still be a visionary.

Fence sitters are people who, on any given day and with any given project, could go either way. Some days they’re for you, some days they’re against you. As a business owner, I sometimes stand at the door watching my staff members arrive and think to myself, I wonder which way that person will go today. Fence sitters easily succumb to human emotions. Their loyalty and commitment are tied to their mood that day, or to some other arbitrary scale. If their second moon is rising over Jupiter, then they love working for the company. But when their Uranus is stuck and dragging out of bed that day, forget about it!

Resisters
think it’s their job to resist anything and everything. If you could look up their self-imagined job description, it would probably say, “Resist, resist, resist!” You say “black,” they say “white” . . . just because! Resisters are very good at planting their insidious seeds of negativity. They’ll be out having cocktails with other staff members, and while discussing the staff meeting held earlier that day, they’ll say something like, “Wasn’t that a great speech that so-and-so gave today? But did you hear about her marital problems?” They plant that negative seed, and then move on to the next project or person to resist and sabotage.

It’s important to identify your visionaries, fence sitters, and resisters so you’ll know where to invest your energy and time. Unfortunately, in many companies and organizations, all the attention goes to the resisters (the squeaky wheel gets the grease), while the visionaries quietly work away, ignored and unappreciated. 

Take heed: Ignore the resisters! Don’t let them set your agenda. Without showing disrespect, avoid giving them your attention, your focus, or your energy. It’s true that positive behavior will disappear if you ignore it, but so will negative behavior. And when I say disappear, I mean either the resisters will leave your company to move on to one that tolerates and condones their negativity, or their behavior will change. And by the way, if their behavior doesn’t change, SW, SW, SW: Some will, some won’t, so what!

Now about those visionaries—listen up! They need your praises, your hugs, your pats on the back, and your public displays of meaningful gratitude. They need you to put them on a pedestal and let everyone know that they make a difference in your world. Some business books may tell you not to play favorites at work, but I play favorites, big time. My favorites are the visionaries; they get all of me. 

And what about those fence sitters? If you properly take care of your visionaries, they’ll recruit your fence sitters for you. They’ll sing your praises, promote your message, and support your mission to those skeptical fence sitters. 

One more thing. Which type are you: visionary, fence sitter, or resister?
 
 
Winn Claybaugh is the author of Be Nice (Or Else!) and “one of the best motivational speakers in the country,” according to CNN’s Larry King. A business owner for over 25 years with over 8,000 people in his organization, Winn is the co-owner of hair care giant Paul Mitchell’s school division. Winn has helped thousands of businesses build their brands and create successful working cultures. His clients include Southwest Airlines, the Irvine Company, Vidal Sassoon, Entertainment Tonight, Mattel, For Rent magazine, Structure/Limited/Express, and others. Winn is a frequent guest on national radio and a regular contributor to online publications. Visit www.BeNiceOrElse.com to sign up for his free monthly Be Nice (Or Else!) newsletter.

Purpose of spirituality in corporate world

The elements that gets success sustainably in the corporate world are identical to the teachings of spirituality. Corporate world is the perfect place to practise such teachings. It is the gymnasium for spirituality.

The typical spirituality that we are exposed to are the preservers of ideal knowledge about life. The essence of this will not change over time. The common truth amongst the teachings of all spiritual giants will remain the same. The preserving of this truth is essential and we have not failed in this endeavour. There has always been truth seeking people in very generation and they exist as we speak.

The mechanism that delivers food and comfort to the hunger has been the corporate world. Despite the perception that the corporate world is ignorant about the poor or the health of environment, the truth remains that no social work or charity work is achieved without the financial backing of the corporate world. All funding provided by goverments are tax collected from the corporate world or individuals working in the corporate world.

The mordern management techniques in the corporate world that try to deliver performance in an organisation are increasing bringing age old spiritual truths in a scientific and repeatable manner to the conscious world of corporate.

The element to be aware of is that we run the risk of being good, leaders, innovators, creators just for the pure purpose of earning a profit instead of being innovators, creators and leaders in expressing our inner feelings, intentions and freedom.

In due course of time even that realisation will be achieved.

When You Lose Your Way as a Parent…

Like coal miners, parents plunge deep into dark and untrammeled spaces, searching for nuggets of goodness and truth along the way.   And sometimes, like coalminers, we get lost.  We hit a dead end.  And the canary chirping happily in it’s swinging cage, goes silent.

This summer, I lost my way as a parent.  Between moving and leading a top-to-bottom renovation of our new apartment, between writing grant applications and taking care of legal issues related to my nonprofit, I took a few wrong turns, caught up in the To Do’s and Didn’t Do’s scratched onto my notepad. Thankfully I have not one, but two canaries on my shoulders.  When they stopped tweeting, I knew it was time to pause and reevaluate.

The first canary is this blog.  When I write, I nourish a small patch of my soul.  I often dismiss it as insignificant; I say, “So what if I didn’t jot down a few paragraphs this week?”  But reflecting on and writing about my life enables me to keep one of my canaries alive and singing.  It seems a like a small thing, but I know better than to dismiss the “little things;” a quiet cup of coffee in the morning or a late evening stroll can mean the difference between a contented person and a frustrated one.  Blogging matters to me.  I need to do it every week.  My last post preceded our move in early July, an absence which I felt in my bones, on the surface of my skin, and in the joints that hold me together.

The second canary is my relationship with Ayla.  When we’re in a good place, I feel that I can surmount any obstacle that hurtles down our path.  But in recent weeks, we’ve strayed into strange territory.  Instead of hugs and kisses, I’ve been getting whacked on the head by my child.  Ayla’s been thunking me with toys, books and sippy cups.  She’s also bitten my shoulder, my knee and my thigh on more than one occasion.  I tried to pass it off as her “hitting and biting” phase but it was fiction, not fact.  The truth was that Ayla was reacting to the distance between us, the distance that made it possible for me to spend the summer multi-tasking instead of parenting.  As I efficiently checked things off my To Do list, I was killing off my second canary. 

Then it all came to a head earlier this week.  On Sunday, Ayla led a poop-and-smear fiasco in our beautiful new apartment (I’ll spare you the details on this one).  When I looked at what she had done, I flew into a rage.  I took hold of Ayla by the shoulders and yelled.  All the while, I knew it had nothing to do with her—I was unleashing my personal frustration about the never-ending renovation and the overbearing weight of my workload on my innocent child.  Ayla looked at me with a mixture of shock, fear, and… disappointment.  Even still, I finished my angry rant.  Then Ayla burst into tears. [If the day ever comes when Ayla’s eyes harden in response to my anger, I’ll know I’ve lost her.]  After that, I stormed around cleaning up the poop and then I too burst into tears.  That when I knew my second canary had asphyxiated.  My relationship with Ayla had taken a turn for the worse.

Last night I was able to bring much-needed oxygen into our relationship. Ayla and I attended a swim party and BBQ with friends and neighbors.  I shook off my list of incomplete tasks and focused my attention on Ayla.  In the pool, Ayla immediately responded to my shift in energy.  She laughed and kicked and splashed joyfully; and then, without notice, she let go of my hands and began to explore the pool on her own, buoyed only by a pair of shark-shaped floaties.  It was astounding to see Ayla take this developmental leap so effortlessly, so quickly after I re-entered our relationship.

After playing with our friends and eating a succulent meal right off the grill, Ayla and I retired on a lounge chair set upon a small patch of grass.  I held her in my arms and she nursed quietly, as a handful of stars appeared in the sky and peered down at us.  She fell asleep in my arms, both of us bathed in starlight. 

I felt like a coalminer again, as though I had raced through the miles of dirt and rock and finally reached the center of it all—the place where the energy of all life throbs and pulses through the walls.  In that place, I reconnected to Ayla.  Even though I was afraid, I took a giant leap towards her, allowing myself to touch the raging current of love that connects us as parent and child.  When we got home, I couldn’t bear to let either of us sleep alone, so she curled up beside me and we cuddled and nursed through the night.  In the morning, Ayla woke me up, not with her usual cries for milk but with kisses, planted on my face, my shoulders and on the tip of my nose.

Now comes the hard part.  Figuring out how to move forward while keeping my two canaries alive and singing.  Maybe I need to take a leave of absence from work—the maternity leave I couldn’t, or didn’t, take after Ayla’s birth.  Maybe there are other projects that can survive a delay, or rescheduling so that I can spend more time with Ayla.  She’ll be starting preschool next year; this fall may be our last chance to savor long days and nights of play and exploration together.

I’ve already forgiven myself for getting lost.  I know it won’t be the last time this happens to me as a parent.  But if I’ve learned anything, it’s that I must heed the ebb and flow of the canary’s song.  When it falls silent, it’s time to step back and gain some perspective; when it sings, I know that I’m moving in time to the rhythm of life.

 

[Note: Taz’s personal blog is located at: www.laboroflove.typepad.com]
 

Zen and the Art of Hiring a Freelancer

I’ve been wielding my free lance for a long time now.

I know myself, and my colleages can really hit the ground running (i.e.- do a better job for YOU) when clients, employers and team leaders implement the following easy to do strategies:

 Provide an effective setting.  Prepare a comfortable work space with all the materials and equipment the professional will need to complete the project.  Working in the break room sucks btw.  And when you can, scare up a real chair.

Perform a brief orientation.  A company overview and facility tour. Explain expectations, policies, security procedures, office hours, etc.

Show your stuff. Let the project professional review existing advertising, marketing materials and web content to understand your company’s creative image. 

Clarify project details. Define the scope of the project, identify objectives, clarify expectations, establish clear deadlines and provide specific instructions. Put these guidelines in writing if possible. Or show them the creative brief.  It will really help.  Really.

Keep other team members/employees informed. Introduce the freelancer to your staff and inform the office of the nature and length of his or her project. Explain to full-time employees that the project professional is being brought on-board to help lighten their workload, not steal thier job.  We don’t want your job.  That’s why we’re freelancers.

Assign a point person. Establish centralized leadership and better control by appointing a specific contact to whom the creative professional reports and can go to when concerns arise.  Too many cooks spoil the "whatever it is we’re working on"

Keep information current and the dialogue open. Communicate interim goals, revisions and project changes in a timely manner.  This ensures that the project professional has the information necessary to complete the assignment within budget and on deadline.

Offer feedback. Provide frequent (but not TOO frequent) input on the status of the assignment, and let the freelance professional know you value his or her expertise.

Oh yeah- speaking of "feed"-  getting some takeout or bringing in delivery would be pretty awesome of you.

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