“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

Using Your Strengths to Thrive More at Work



This month’s Professional Development webinar was on the topic of Using Your Strengths to Thrive More at Work.

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Get the webinar

If you missed it you can download the recording.

Members of Azzarello group can download this webinar for free. Read More

6 key choices for success and happiness


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Our choices

As we start the new year I’ve been thinking about choices.

I realized that there are some simple, key choices that we all have immediately available to us that can help us be more true to ourselves, and become happier and more successful at work and life — no matter where we are starting from. Read More

How to have more energy when work is making you tired


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Preserving your energy

As I was writing the title for this post, I recalled when a former boss told me, “What I need most from you is to cope. I need you to be willing to come back every day.”

This was a real gift to me because sometimes merely coping with the strain of a tough job seems all you can really do. Read More

Using time better



This month’s webinar was on the topic of Using Time Better

If you missed it, you can download the recording.

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How well do you use time?

It’s easy to blame others for making us too busy, but the first step is to face up to the fact that we alone, are the resource of our own time. Read More

Get more control of your time and energy


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Resist the Internet sometimes

Ok, right off the bat… If you are reading this blog in bed, stop now, turn your device off, do something else for now, and come back to the internet later…

I could probably end this blog right here, because this is the main point. Read More

Happiness & Time Management


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Schedule what is important to you

In getting ready for this month’s webinar on Managing Your Own Performance, I recalled a small epiphany I had many years ago: Time management is the key to happiness.

What I mean by this is simply that:

I have way more fun, when I make time on purpose to have fun. Read More

New is stressful


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I want to share two important ideas that I learned from one of my key, long-time mentors, Jim Davis. These have proven to be profoundly valuable through my career.

Big Idea #1 – New is stressful

There was a time when I started a new, big, executive job, and the enormity of what I needed to learn was crushing. Read More

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