Am I Productive Enough? (spoiler alert, don’t worry about it so much)


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Feeling Discouraged, Stuck, Lazy?

While we are all at home, there are lots of new kinds of pressures we face about doing it right. What should we be doing with our days?

How do we be productive, take care of kids, home schooling, remote working? Read More

How to get unstuck on any problem


I often share an idea that if you are feeling stuck, or down, or distracted and can’t seem to get into motion and make progress, try to move something (anything) small forward.

The feeling of moving forward creates positive momentum that you can then build on. Read More

Do you need a Think Break?


One of the most important things we can all do as business leaders is give ourselves time to think.

Scheduling time to think in your work week (and life in general) is vital to your success and sanity — and your creativity and effectiveness. Read More

Schedule Time for Yourself … and Hide!


Make More Time

This month’s topic in my Executive Mentoring Group is Make More Time.

The goal here is to create 2 or more hours a week for yourself to have time to think, plan, work on strategic priorities — or get a little life back! Read More

Conversation Starters for Networking Events (Even for Introverts)


Networking meetings

For most of my life, networking meetings were torture for me.

I could never get comfortable with them. I’d either hide in the corner, or desperately cling to the person I came with. I didn’t know who to meet or what to say. Read More

Does your email-inbox give you anxiety?

Is email a source of stress in your life?

Very regularly business leaders ask me about how to deal with overwhelming email. It comes up all the time.

Awhile back I wrote a blog called Is email killing you?

In that article I talked about thinking differently and more strategically about dealing with email, and I also talked about the idea of keeping a zero-inbox. Read More

“Patty, How much do you sleep?”


Last week in my blog, I wrote about increasing productivity by engaging people’s humanity by Starting with Laughter. This was the most quoted snippet:

If you respect people’s humanity and give them a chance to warm up and situate themselves in the context of what is happening, you are far more likely to build trust, get buy-in, and get people ready to do the hard work.

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Sometimes, the key to productivity is to stop thinking about it!


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Feeling Discouraged, Stuck, Lazy?

Do you ever have one of those days when every single thing on your task list feels impossible or just too annoying… and you can’t seem to get yourself engaged on anything?

As leaders we will always have hard things to deal with that will make some days feel miserable: Impossible demands, nasty politics, aggressive competitors, arrogant bosses, low performers, schedule pressures, resource cuts, multiple stakeholders, difficult people…the list goes on and on. Read More

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