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Chinese New Year & Management Training

In now by Michael Michelini

What Mike Michelini is up to Now – Feb 7 – 14, 2021 Listen as audio here [2 minutes long] (or scroll down for text) What is Mike up to now this week: For those who want to hear the full week plan for Shadstone Limited, Mike’s company (removing sensitive info) – here it is: Week Plan Feb 7 – …

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Stuck Between Solar + Lunar Holiday [Plus Management OKRs]

In now by Michael Michelini

What Mike Michelini is up to Now – Jan 31- Feb 6, 2021 Listen as audio here [2.5 minutes long] (or scroll down for text) January is this half “end of year” (with Chinese new year coming) and half “new year” (for the western world). Honestly, always look forward to getting through this “halfway” mix of Western (Solar) new year …

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Working With Uncertainty

In blog, productivity, vlog by designer

Uncertainty equals opportunity. This is what Alexander Avanth of Alpha Rock and I talked about before at the onset of the pandemic. There really is gold to be found in problems, especially online. Here’s more of what he had to say about this:

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Daughter Turning 5, Birthday Again in Lockdown

In blog, family friends, vlog by designer

Getting towards the end of Jan 2021, and preparing for Chinese New Year (mid Feb 2021 this year). And, it is always our daughter’s birthday during this time. She was born on the coldest day on record in Shenzhen, China in 2016 (watch that vlog here) And her last 2 birthdays have been in lockdown up in cold Shenyang, China. …

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Feels Like Flashback to 2010

In now by Michael Michelini

What Mike Michelini is Up to Now – Jan 24 – Jan 30, 2021 * It is my daughter Maggie’s birthday – turning five years old. Makes me realize how fast time is moving. There’s a lockdown here, so we’ll have a cake at home and just remember the day she was born. The vlog when she was born is …

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How Is Working Online?

In blog, vlog by designer

I had a nice chat with our Video Editor, Alvin Canada during our retreat last year in March just before all the craziness of Covid. I’ve worked with Alvin for many years now and he has done amazing work. One of the questions I asked him was, how is it working online? Hear it from Alvin himself as he shares …

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Grinding Into 2021, Come Out 10x

In now by Michael Michelini

What is Mike Michelini up to now – Jan 17 – 23, 2021 Honestly, I’m just so overwhelmed with work. I thought these lockdowns would slow things down but for the past year, it is busier than ever. All the “offline” is being replaced with tons of online meetings, calls, and work. COVID tests seem to be over/slowing down where …

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On BBC (1 year COVID anniversary)

In blog by Michael Michelini

Can you believe it has been a year since the COVID outbreak? And now we are locked down again here in China. For those who remember I was on BBC radio while separated from my family – well they invited me back for an update – here’s the audio clip: You can read and listen to the clip on BBC …

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COVID Tests Twice a Week Experiences

In china business by Michael Michelini

Third Covid Test in 12 Days (welcome to 2021!) While I have already done a video blog about this, that was only on the first trip. Having been through this three times now in less than 2 weeks, and my fifth COVID test since March 2020, I figurer I would share the experience (as well as just get it out …

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Speaking in Baguio

In blog, philippines business, vlog by designer

Last year in February, before all the craziness of COVID-19 hit, I had the chance to go up to the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Baguio City. It was a 6-hour bus ride from Manila. And, if you’re wondering what got into me to take that long trip, I was invited to speak before e-commerce entrepreneurs there. The workshop was …

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Balancing Free and Paid, Management vs Micro Management

In now by Michael Michelini

What is Mike Michelini Up To Now – Jan 10 – 16, 2021 * Preparing for third COVID test of 2021 (and fifth total) * Transitioning the Shadstone team to have proper management team and corporate structure (I gotta stop being the bottleneck and micromanager) * Overwhelmed with launching new Amazon brand (15 SKUs now and 15 in a few …

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New Year, New Covid Test

In blog, family friends, vlog by designer

Welcome 2021! We are all adjusting to the new normal and here in Shenyang, China there is a new outbreak of COVID, some new strain. I’ll be honest, I am not following the news. But all I know is, New Year’s morning, we woke up to mandatory COVID swab tests in a vocational school turned COVID testing center. A bit …

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2021: Quality over Quantity

In now by Michael Michelini

What is Mike Michelini up to – Jan 3 – 9, 2021 Gotta make sure to put the “1” in 2021. Many have said “good riddance” 2020. But I do feel 2021 will still be more lockdowns and virus and vaccine debates and implementation. Will adjust accordingly. Online work and ecommerce is what we do anyway. The few things we’re …

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Company Retreat

In blog, travel, vlog by designer

March 2020 was crazy! I went to Bohol in the Philippines to meet my team. The plan was to do a strategic planning and team building or retreat. I just want to get to know the team better. Then, it happened. Lockdown. We were having fun one day then scrambled to try to get home the next. The rest, well …