Vladcast is Back!!! #13


Welcome to 2009! Ok, so doom and gloom up front: It’s going to be a tough year. We’ll still move forward, we’ll still make a lot of money, it’s just going to be tougher all around.

In this podcast I describe the practice I’ve put myself through during the past 4 months since coming back to work @ OWN full time. It runs about 17 minutes and really good stuff starts at 5:20 mark.

But is that such a bad thing? No. It’s when we are tried the hardest that we perform at our very best. It’s also the judgement time for those who spent their more fortunate times without regard for how to design a business that performs. I have been talking to people all over the world and the response is unanimous: It’s getting tougher but we’re doing well.

I believe we’re very lucky. Yes, lucky. This is the time to take a hard look at ourselves, punishing look at those that are no longer with us, and gain some strength from the whole affair. What can we do today to be stronger tomorrow so we can rock out in 2010 and beyond? Opportunity knocks every day.

Play VladCast: [audio:http://www.vladville.com/media/Vladcast13.mp3]

Listen to my attempt. For some reason, people love this format. As Susan likes to remind me: I love your sensual voice Vlad! I’m going to say what’s on my mind, and much like V… I hope you talk back and give me ideas. I would love to be fortunate enough to have enough time to talk and argue with each and every one of you. No such time, for any of us, I’m afraid. But hey, shoot back from your office chair and let’s see if we all can’t help one another out.

I’m taking the first step. Hear it out, tell me what’s next: vlad@vladville.com

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8 Responses to Vladcast is Back!!! #13

  1. vlad says:

    Something I forgot to bring up during the show is how others are dealing with the same issue of having more on their plate than they can eat.

    My buddy Dave Sobel was telling me the other day that he cut down on the amount of time he spends in Outlook dealing with mail and distractions and more time in ConnectWise running the tickets.

    Makes sense, getting back to people at the time of your own choosing when you’ve had a chance to consider their mail.

    I’m not quite there yet, but I’d like to be. One thing I have done on this front is disabling Outlook “new message” alerts so that I don’t get a popup every time I get a new message. It helps curb the distraction issue a little.

    I’m also considering hiring an administrative assistant for myself only to deal with the BS things that only happen to fall on my plate.


  2. vlad says:

    If you’ve got cool tips like the ones above by all means drop them to me at vlad@vladville.com and I’ll bring them up on the next show.


  3. E Liem says:

    I’ve missed these. Should make them longer and more structured like course lectures.

  4. Hi Vlad, I couldn’t agree with you more on associated with like-minded people. This was one of the reasons why I decided to leave and sell my shares in IT Matters and pursue teaming up with some leaders that are focused on moving forward and not so much on living in the past.

    Thanks for all you do with the community.


    Stuart Crawford
    Calgary, AB

  5. manuelp says:

    I’ve missed you man. This is a breath of fresh air.

    P.S. Comments work again!

  6. Richard Tubb says:

    A great listen Vlad – thanks for taking the time to speak on this.

  7. Chris Timm says:

    Vlad. Its great listening to these.. Welcome back.. Hope to see more of them in 2009

  8. NeilF says:

    Loved it!

    Not so sure about it being a tough year. Aside from cars, banks and Walmart who else is having a tough time? And nearly none of those industries hire local IT or MSPs so good riddance.

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