How to Craft a Productive 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 to your creativity and effectiveness. Read More

The Language of Ruthless Priorities


What do I mean by “Ruthless Priorities”?

If you have been following my work, for sure you have heard me use the phrase “Ruthless Priorities”.

I have always known that this expression could be problematic from a language standpoint and that it would not always translate well into other languages. 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

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

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