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Episode 27: 2017 Kickoff

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The first month of 2017 flew by and suddenly we're in the thick of the new year once again. We're very excited to be back publishing regular podcast episodes! In this first episode of 2017 we took a look back to share our favorite takeaways from the last FindYourMoose conference that we hosted in Chicago in September 2016.

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Bringing the Moose to the Freelancers’ Show

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The Freelancers’ Show discusses the challenges that freelancers face. It’s a panel podcast that includes experienced technology freelancers and entrepreneurs. I recently had the privilege of being a guest on the show with Charles Max Wood and Philip Morgan to talk about enjoying your work and discovering a fulfilling role within software development and consulting. This is a great preview for the keynote talk I’ll be doing at our next Find Your Moose conference coming up in Chicago on September 7 & 8, 2016. Find all of the conference details here. The Freelancers’ Show is published at DevChat.tv, which has a mission to empower programmers to change the world by helping them better understand the technologies, tools, processes, and possibilities of their craft. The mission is to show programmers how to use the tools and technologies at their disposal to reach for things that were once impossible but can now be enhanced by their code. DevChat.tv provides online audio and video content through podcasts, screencasts, online courses, and conferences. Go HERE and check out my guest appearance on the Freelancers’ Show. Go HERE to subscribe to the show on iTunes. Thanks to Charles and Philip for the hospitality and be sure to check out Philip’s guest […]

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Find Your Moose 2016 is Coming Soon!

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Our next Find Your Moose conference coming up on September 7 & 8 in Chicago. It’s two days of learning, sharing, and connecting with other software developers and consultants who are facing the same challenges you face launching, building, and growing a successful and fulfilling small business. You’ll not only walk away from Find Your Moose inspired and energized, you’ll also have a new toolbox filled with techniques for dramatic improvement in your work.

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[Video Excerpt] Open Your Mind with Casey Mulqueen

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In this expert interview, Molly talks with Casey Mulqueen. Casey Mulqueen is an organizational psychologist with the TRACOM Group in Denver, CO. He’s worked with companies across the world to develop more effective teams, sales processes, and large-scale change methods. Check out the full video (with an Elusive Moose membership) to learn more about Mulqueen’s research and methods to help people to: Develop a flexible mind-set in order to achieve greater results in your work Identify cognitive biases that prevent us from making good choices Leverage behavioral approaches to produce greater results One of the benefits of an Elusive Moose membership (less than $17/month) is exclusive access to our Expert Interviews video series where we tap into our vast network of colleagues and experts to learn from their experience through personal stories, tips, and techniques. These interviews are informative and inspiring as our guests have faced and overcome many of the same challenges you face each day. Along with Expert Interviews, Elusive Moose members can experience the best sessions from our Find Your Moose conferences through our conference video series, explore techniques, processes, and methodologies through our exclusive Moose Guides, and receive discounts on our live events like the upcoming Find Your Moose conference, September 7 & 8 in […]

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Episode 21: Effective Consulting with Ryan Waggoner

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Ryan Waggoner is a successful mobile development consultant who has an interest in effective consulting and constant professional improvement. He joined Jason for a conversation about developing good habits, experimenting with systems to track and measure success, and executing a few personal techniques to maximum effectiveness around your consulting work.

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Ask Molly: Breaking Out of Isolation

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How to Break Out of Isolation Dear Molly, I’ve been working for myself for almost 20 years. I have a steady stream of business and basically just work out of my house. I’m a member of some listservs but I’m increasingly feeling isolated and missing the opportunity to just lean over and ask someone for advice or even just have a non-work conversation. Do you have any suggestions for me? Surprised to feel isolated after all these years   Dear Isolated, Guess what? Things change. What worked for you for the last ten years might not be working now, but the good news is that there are options! First and most drastic, you should consider checking out your local coworking scene. You may not find people who do exactly what you do, but it might be a nice affordable change of pace for you to work in the same space with other small business owners. For an even more interactive experience, schedule yourself to work on-site at clients. It will give you an opportunity for collaboration where you can be a bit more focused. I’ve also heard rave reviews about Slack. Slack is a messaging app for teams. If you’re […]

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Episode 17: Two Common Pain Points

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There are many pain points that we have to deal with as consultants and leaders of consulting teams. Two of the primary pain points that Molly and Jason have experienced in their own work, or helped other teams work through are time tracking and meeting deadlines. In this episode Molly and Jason share anecdotes and advice for acknowledging and addressing these issues.

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Mindfulness: A Great Example of Work Life Blend

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Mindfulness is a great personal example of work life blend, where the lines between our work and non-work activities get blurred. Work life blend addresses the impossible task of a perfectly balanced and segmented schedule where you spend the same amount of time and energy on your work as you spend on your life. Instead of seeking a balanced schedule, what if we are engaging in work that is so satisfying and fulfilling that it becomes fully integrated into our life? What if we are as excited about our work as we are about our hobbies or other interests, so that we can fully engage in whichever activity we are most aligned with at the time? What if instead of avoiding or dreading our work, we love it so much that “paying the bills” becomes a benefit, not a purpose. This isn’t just a lot more attractive than a perfect balance between work and life, it’s a lot more possible. Ten years ago I began a meditation practice based on personal spiritual exploration. It wasn’t anything complicated or too far out there; it was basic meditation where you focus all of your attention on breathing as a way of practicing […]

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Episode 13: Enjoy Your Work!

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Elusive Moose podcast episode 13 introduces the concept of enjoying your work to new members, listeners, and visitors. For Jason and Molly, to “enjoy” doesn’t necessarily mean be happy or find pleasure in something. It means benefiting from or being fulfilled by work while experiencing a full-range of different emotions (both positive and negative).

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What Do You Mean By “Enjoy”?

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Over the past year, I’ve thought a lot about the phrase “Enjoy Your Work”. It describes our intended result for everyone who participates in the Elusive Moose community. It also represents how Molly and I feel about our respective consulting careers and the work we do here at Elusive Moose. We truly do enjoy our work, and our goal is to offer resources for others like us to feel the same way. We recognize that we all have different strengths and weaknesses—we all face different challenges on our journeys. One person’s smooth open road could be another person’s rocky mountain to climb, so we’re covering the full spectrum of owning your own business and controlling your own destiny. Enjoying something is often described as being happy or experiencing pleasure. These are specific emotions and experiences that have very concrete opposite emotions and experiences. You’re either happy or sad; you can experience pleasure or pain; you’re either enjoying a situation or you’re not. In the context of Elusive Moose, I prefer a secondary definition for the word enjoy, as it is used in our phrase Enjoy Your Work—to have and use with satisfaction; have the benefit of. I prefer this definition […]

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