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

The Funniest Passage in my book MOVE


It’s a wrap!

I was in Los Angeles last week to record the audiobook version of MOVE.

I was locked in this sound booth and this was my view for the 3+ days it took.

Out a small window I could see the brilliant sound engineer/director Ben. Read More

The Cost of Further Study


Analysis vs. Action

When I work with teams on executing strategy, there often comes a point where there is big idea on the table, and everyone seems to agree that it is the right idea, but they seem hesitant to commit to it. Read More

How to Work with an Introvert


I’ve been talking about Networking a lot recently as the topic in My Executive Group this month is Authentic Networking.

One of the questions that came up is, “How can I work more effectively with introverts? I can’t seem to get them to engage.” Read More

Protecting Your Sanity at Work


“Who are your enemies?”

I have been asked that interview question for my whole life as I was growing my career.

I am recalling being in my twenties, sitting across the table from a grizzly and embittered executive who would ask me, “Who are your enemies?” Read More

The Difference Between Bad Managers and Good Managers

The Business Value of Good Managers

If you want to positively impact the bottom line in your business, there is one thing that will make a bigger difference than almost anything else: Insist that all of your managers are good managers. Read More

How to manage work you don’t understand


Is it OK to not understand the work you manage?

Many people think that as a manager you need to understand the work not only as well as your reports, but even better.

They believe that if they are going to be credible with their team, they have to prove they are the smartest one. Read More

Eliminating the Distance in Virtual Teams


Don’t Give up on Presence

Don’t give up on Presence

As I discussed in the video above, as leaders we need to always be thinking about how to engage and motivate our teams.

And the idea I want to talk about today is an important one because so many of us operate in geographically dispersed teams…

Just because you can’t be in the same room, doesn’t mean you can’t be present.

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4 Steps to a High Performing Team


High Performance

This idea of Leading a High Performing Team is one of those things that sounds good on the surface…but what does it really mean in a practical sense?

Think about this in your world. What does it mean to you? Read More

Analysis vs. Action


How Much Analysis?

People often ask me how to judge if they are stuck in “Analysis Paralysis”.

How much study is too much?

There is no single answer here, but to answer that question, I find it useful to start with the business outcome in mind, and then to set a budget for how much study a particular plan or answer is worth. Read More

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