How to Ruthlessly Defend Your Calendar

What are the main distractions that cannibalize your day, and how much of every day is spent/wasted on them? Nobody else will protect our schedules for us, so we have to do it ourselves. Here are some tools that can help: Rocks, Pebbles, and Sand Almost everyone has heard this classic metaphor of time management. […] See More

May 22, 2017

What’s Trust Got to do With It?

An article in the January-February issue of the Harvard Business Review covered one of my favorite topics: Trust in the workplace. In “The Neuroscience of Trust,” Paul J. Zak addresses new research which shows the highest trust workplaces are also the highest performing. This isn’t just a theory—it’s well established, with lots of research to confirm […] See More

May 15, 2017

How to Blow Up Your Perspective Plateaus

In last week’s post, we talked about why waiting—putting off our goals and dreams until some arbitrary future date—is often a waste of precious time.  Sometimes, all we need is to look at things in a completely new way. A few years ago I had a great coach named Jeremy Stover.  I told him to […] See More

May 12, 2017

What Are You Waiting for? Lose Wait Now!

How often have we heard that we need to have a five-year plan or a 10-year plan? Several things have occurred recently that made me think about why we wait. The rationale for waiting is typically completely made up. I started thinking about all the time I’ve wasted waiting for certain things to happen. But by […] See More

May 3, 2017

How Do You Defeat A Bad Attitude?

This is the final post on “What Not To Do And How Not To Do It” covering six of the biggest leadership mistakes and how to stop making them. Like the other negative behaviors we’ve discussed in the past several weeks, a bad attitude can manifest in many different ways, often showing up as a combination of […] See More

April 26, 2017

Don’t Get Caught With Your Pants (on Fire) Down

This post covers the fourth of six leadership mistakes and how to fix them. In the past few weeks, we’ve covered excuse-making, bad manners, and ego problems; now it’s time to talk about lying. When people are found out as liars, the word spreads like wildfire. This can literally destroy your career. All you have […] See More

April 12, 2017

Amy Zier and Her Bicontinental Business

A version of this post originally appeared in Omaha Magazine’s Fall, 2016, Women in Business issue. As my regular readers know, I successfully completed a work-from-abroad experiment this last summer. It was by far the most satisfying “put your money where your mouth is” adventure I’ve had in a long time. Recently  I interviewed my friend […] See More

December 21, 2016

Are You Agile Enough to Survive Uncertainty?

The basic fault lines today are not between people with different beliefs but between people who hold these beliefs with an element of uncertainty and people who hold these beliefs with a pretense of certitude. Peter L. Berger It would be disingenuous to say that the dust has settled since the election, and I don’t […] See More

November 25, 2016

Seeking the Big Prize: True Focus

An old friend used to say, “You get on base, then you get off base, then you get on base, then you get off base.” This can apply to so many things besides baseball: Professional growth, personal relationships, physical or mental health—pretty much anywhere you might be seeking equilibrium. Nobody is perfect, and progress often […] See More

October 19, 2016

More on the Perils of Work/Life Imbalance

A while back I wrote about the fallacy that overwork meant better work. More and more, people in the business world are beginning to recognize that working 60 and 70 and 80 hours a week is not a virtue. Rather, it reveals certain weaknesses in the worker. While there can be some short-term benefits to […] See More

October 5, 2016