Developing Strategic Habits


What is a strategic habit?

Strategic habits are important because business progress requires strategic efforts, but human nature tends to favor reactive work that presents itself in the moment.

For example:

Everyone agrees that if you were to have twice as many customers and twice as much revenue as you have now…that your customer support model would not work at the larger scale. Read More

Protect your time: And don’t feel guilty


Last week I wrote about being more strategic by giving yourself time to think — in fact, scheduling time to think.

And I emphasized the fact that if you don’t schedule it, it won’t happen.

But the reality is, even if you do schedule this time, it can still be hard to make it happen. Read More

How to Instantly Be More Strategic


Think before you work

People often ask me to describe what it means to be strategic.

The first and most fundamental step to being more strategic is to simply think before you work.

And an even more clear way to say this is that if you just accept a task or a project and start working on it without thinking about it, that’s a pretty good definition of being NOT-strategic — trying to do everything equally as it comes in. Read More

I’m Procastinating, Are You?


I was talking to a friend awhile back, and she asked me how things were going. I expressed some anxiety about my workload.

She said, “So, you have a goal to work less?”

As I answered, I began thinking about something that I had lost focus on. 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

The cost of asking a question


A simple question…

One time when I was running a large corporate organization, I asked the financial analyst in the business, “What is the current headcount in my organization?”

He said, “How accurate an answer do you need?”

I said, “What do you mean?”. 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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How do you Invest your time?


New year, same pressures

Well it’s the new year, and the new year often comes with a desire to renew, change or improve something in our work and life.

One of the things I find so interesting (and mostly annoying) is that just because you decide you want do something new or better, the rest of the world does not back off and start behaving in a less challenging, tempting or unreasonable way. Read More

Busy is a choice


busy to important

Through my work, I talk to many people (exeucitves, mid-level managers, and individuals) in many different companies and industries, and the one issue that seems epidemic, is that people are all too busy.

I see three underlying issues that cause people to get and stay too busy. Read More

Corporate Crap: Don’t forget to budget time


Ambitious Intentions

Think about the difference between the work you intend to do as an executive, and how you actually get to spend your time.

I have never met a CEO who was not surprised at how much time they DON’T get to spend running the company. Read More

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