Matt Bilotti is the Product Manager at Drift (www.drift.com), where making effective decisions is his full-time job. He is an entrepreneur at heart, learning on the journey instead of before it. He provides value everywhere he goes and seeks opportunities to add insight. He’s constantly learning, growing and improving – which is exactly why today’s episode is going to be so helpful to so many of you.
Matt shares how to leverage time for maximum results. Our podcast discusses; micro sprints, a 7-step decision checklist, how to decrease clutter, monastic vs bimodal focus, the importance of mentorship and the significance of asking powerful questions. Most of all, Matt teaches us how to use messaging to defend our productivity while at, and away from, the office. Be focused and get moving novel thinkers, time is of the essence.
What to Expect
- Micro Sprints with Trello
- 7-Step Decision Checklist
- Tips to Decrease Digital Clutter
- Monastic Focus
- Bimodal Focus
- Finding a Mentor
- How to Ask Good Questions
- Overcomeing a start-up failure
- “(I create) no long term roadmaps.”
- “Ignore quick rewards.”
- “Learn to set the expectations (around your availability).”
- “Find the right people to show you what questions you should be asking.”
- “My only real fear is that my time here ends before I do something impactful.”
- “When people look back (on my work) I want them to say ‘wow, that had an impact.'”
- “It’s and internal desire and fear to make an impact while I am here.”
- “I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for mentors.”
“What’s the one thing I can do that makes everything else easier or unnecessary?” – Gary Keller
Decision Checklist – 7 Steps
- Does this benefit the customer? If NO – don’t do it.
- How about our internal goals? If NO – don’t do it.
- Do I fully understand the problem? If NO – go understand it.
- Am I letting my own opinions overly influence this focus? If YES – consider my own biases.
- Is a team member opinions overly influencing me? If YES – Understand team member biases.
- Am I defaulting too quickly on the easiest decision? If YES – rethink previous 5 questions.
- Is my CEO going to be cool with this outcome? If NO or UNSURE – go ask him.
Hardest Entrepreneurial Moment
- Overcoming his first startup failure
- Am I being an unreasonable?
- What is my bias in this situation?
- Is this something that is in my control?