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

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

You Know You’re A Loose Cannon When . . .

. . . everyone’s waiting for you to go off. In the past few weeks, we’ve covered four of the six leadership mistakes and how to fix them: excuse-making, bad manners, ego problems, and lying; get ready for the loose cannon. I like to say that this kind of leader is a bullet in search […] See More

April 19, 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

To Be a Better Leader, Get Over Yourself

The third in our series of leadership mistakes and how to fix them, conquering the problem of ego run amok is a tough one—especially for people who are very talented. Ego is often the biggest problem for leaders, and it accounts for about 70 to 80% of the leadership problems I see. This problem takes several […] See More

April 5, 2017

Are Bad Manners Sabotaging Your Leadership?

This is the third post on “What Not To Do And How Not To Do It” about six of the biggest leadership mistakes and how to stop making them. Today’s topic is Bad Manners. This may seem a little Pollyannaish, but it’s amazing what an important role manners play in good leadership. Bad manners include talking too much, […] See More

March 29, 2017

How to Stop Making Excuses and Save Your Career

This is the second post on “What Not To Do And How Not To Do It” about six of the biggest leadership mistakes and how to stop making them. Today we’re going to talk about Excuses—why the excuse-making habit is so destructive and what can be done to overcome this. Making excuses is one of […] See More

March 23, 2017

The #1 Ingredient for Success: Good Decisions

When it comes to making difficult decisions, conventional wisdom says Trust your gut. Recent research affirms the connection between your gut and your state of mind. Stanford University’s Justin and Erika Sonnenburg write, “The enteric nervous system is often referred to as our body’s second brain. There are hundreds of million (sic) of neurons connecting […] See More

March 8, 2017