NARJ133: The Business of Despair

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narj-artworkJoel wants to do another show-in-a-show. But he’s spent too much energy this week fighting a certain Canadian postal service provider to do that, so let’s talk about management, leadership, and emotions instead!

Quotes

  • “We’re all part of the royal family up here in Canada.”
  • “Come-at-all-angles Kelly”
  • “It’s my fault for having expectations.”
  • “Solicit feedback from your team but don’t take it personally.”

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NARJ132: Awful Awful Squad Squad

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narj-artworkOh, you thought NARJ was going to be 100% about business 100% of the time now that it’s back to a weekly schedule? Well, you thought wrong. This episode is mostly about Chris and Joel watching other people play a video game. But don’t fret, it does circle back to business eventually.

Quotes

  • “What makes the video series beautiful is that they’re bad at it.”
  • “I am definitely in the camp that there’s nothing weirder about watching someone play a video game on the internet than watching someone play a sport on the TV.”
  • “It tends to be better to be known and judged for the things you contribute to the world than the things you take from the world.”
  • “How much do you want to stake your happiness on the decisions of others?”
  • “Don’t negotiate on price, negotiate on value.”

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NARJ131: Homeopathic Feedback

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narj-artworkChris and Joel are keeping good on their promise to record regularly and talk about their experiences as business boys. Joel, specifically, has also increased his abilities at being a web boy and now has a shiny-new updated website. But is including pricing on your site a good idea? It’s certainly not common practice, and these two business boys discuss why!

Quotes

  • “My strategy for avoiding obligations was to not take any on.”
  • “The earth is one big hill and we all die on it.”
  • “What really sucked was telling a client they can’t afford us.”
  • “The drive to build something is so strong, it still requires thought and effort every day to avoid building a large company.”

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NARJ130: Season 2, Episode 1

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narj-artworkNo time for fanfare or announcement, Season 2 of NARJ starts right now! Chris and Joel have big plans to get back to weekly ‘casting, and this week they are starting things off right with lots of business talk. What’s the deal with blockchain? What’s the best way to set achievable goals for your business and life?

Quotes

  • “We kinda forgot to talk about business for like 100 episodes.”
  • “If everyone thinks this is the secret to get rich, you’re being duped.”
  • “It’s a thing that’s built by humans so it’s just as fallible as anything before it.”
  • “My imagination often exceeds reality.”

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NARJ129: The Biggest Company

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narj-artworkThings have been quite busy lately for Chris and Joel, hence the long absence of episodes. As it turns out, running a business is difficult and requires a lot of emails.  And what better way to relax and catch up than to discuss all the successes and failures of Apple? But as business owners, there’s a lot to learn from Apple’s methods – both good and bad.

Quotes

  • “You’re a known email pervert.”
  • “Not all islands are in Canada, Joel.”
  • “Stability isn’t sexy, it’s not a ‘cool’ thing to work on.”
  • “Coming out with 2 new phones in 1 year just screams there’s no way this stuff is gonna work as well as it used to.”
  • “You don’t accidentally become the biggest company.”

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