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
FIRST, Stop trying to be impressive
If you are in a situation where you need to be impressive… a job interview, a sales call, a negotiation, a presentation — one of the worst things you can do is to try, on purpose, to be impressive. Read More
One of the toughest parts of being a leader is deciding what to say YES to and what to say NO to …so that your team can actually accomplish the most important work instead of drowning in activity. Read More
My recent blog post, Get Over It. Turn Your Camera On drew so much feedback and so many comments that I wanted to take an opportunity to follow up.
The world seems to be split into two groups on this:
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What is your positive online footprint?
The topic of how you appear online when people do a search came up in one of the recent member discussions in my Executive Mentoring Group.
It was an interesting conversation that quickly went from preventing risk by not posting “unflattering” stuff to…
“What can and should you be proactively posting to your benefit… to create a positive impression?”
How do you show up in a search? Read More
The Dreaded “Video Phone”
If you did not grow up with a camera phone, you probably remember the days of thinking about the absolute horror of a video phone.
“Can you imagine that if when people called you at home, they could see what you look like? Read More
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
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
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.
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
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