The Future of Work Is Flexibility

The future of work is flexibility, and for many, it was an unwelcome surprise.  In the last few years, many organizations have granted employees the ability to adjust their start and end times, work certain days from home, and "allowed" for unlimited personal time off. These are all considerable changes but for many, they long for more. The common theme amongst all these initiatives is…

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Preventing Burnout With Self-Care While Working at Home

Ironically, I volunteered to write this article on preventing burnout with self-care while working at home on a week where I felt near to, if not completely burned out. It just seemed easier to take on another project than to try and convince someone else on the team to volunteer. Thankfully, at the time of writing, I’m feeling like I’m back to my normal energy level and disposition! My goal is…

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Setting Boundaries While Working at Home

Almost everyone searches for “it” in their job. Is it gaining success? Is it money? No, I am talking about work-life balance, and setting boundaries while working from home makes this even more challenging. It does not matter where you sit on the leadership totem pole. We are all human and our needs are mostly identical. While our individual ratios of work and life vary, our needs are the same.…

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Working From Home Now? Here are Our Best Tips to Ease the Transition

Are you working from home now? Because of the Coronavirus and new social distancing guidance, many people have been directed whether voluntarily or involuntarily to work remotely until the pandemic subsides. If you or your team have never worked this way it can certainly be a challenge for anyone, whether you are an employee or a leader this can be a frustrating change. Fortunately, most of our…

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Leaders Stop Trying to Be Efficient

Let's cut right to the chase; stop focusing on being efficient - it's a waste of time. Nobody other than perhaps you really cares how efficient you are, but everyone cares how effective you are. Not only do they care how effective you are, but they also care about the effectiveness of those whom you lead. It's important to remember leadership is a people business, and people are messy. Leadership…

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The Power of Focus

I am frequently asked what it takes to become more productive. My answer is simply become very, very focused. Focus has always been a powerful characteristic that has served me well in all leadership roles alike. Relentless focus results in aligned priorities, order, discipline, and productivity. That sounds simple enough doesn't it? Then why is this so hard for executives and entrepreneurs?…

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Work Performance and the Perils of Comparison

Let me take you back in time.  You're in 8th grade.  You've signed up for your first guitar lesson and the teacher plays Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven."   She offers it up as an example of a great song that you can learn to play.  You're motivated to learn, right?  Wrong!  She no sooner finishes her sentence about "you can learn how to play," when you hear Jimmy Page rips into his classic…

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How to Get Ahead: Self-Directed Learning

Self-directed learners, or autodidacts, possess the capability to chart their futures in ways that can give them an advantage over their less ambitious contemporaries.  I should know, I am one! Back in the day, I didn't have the Internet to support me.  Yes, I did it the old fashioned way -- I bought books and read them.  It's laughable by today's standards, but, back in 1988, I spent countless…

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5 Ways to Become Indispensable

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines "indispensable" as being absolutely necessary and not subject to being set aside or neglected.  Wouldn't you like to become indispensable to your clients and customers?  Sure, you would!  While there's no one sure-fire formula to follow to become indispensable, you can do some things to improve your chances that you'll "stick" to your customers. Here are 5…

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The Art of the Management Huddle

When used in a football context, a huddle is used to call a play. Similarly, a "management huddle" can be used by business leaders to call a play, too. By definition, management huddles are a technique used by leaders to gather colleagues together for a short meeting to share status or brainstorm options that can help the organization arrive at quality decisions in short order. The technique can…

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5 Things You Can Do to Make 2020 Special

Do you have a 2020 agenda that will move your business forward smartly? Here are 5 things that you can do to make this year a special one for your business: Put Your Customer First: I know that every business leader says that the customer comes first. But, this often comes with a caveat, like, "as long as it doesn't cost too much to make it so." This year, change the dialogue and do whatever it…

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Business Planning for Funding Your Start-Up Part III: Financial Modeling

This 3-part series is intended to decipher the business planning process--making it easier for you to build one that can help you to secure the funding that you need to grow your business into the powerhouse that you want it to be. Part I covered the Business Synopsis section and Part II covered the Marketing and Sales section. We will survey the Financial Modeling Section of a standard business…

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10 Ways to Design Your Workspace for Super Productivity

Anyone working in an office, whether virtual, at home or in a place of business, knows that their productivity is shaped by their surroundings. Their personal workspace is an important factor to their happiness and productivity. Here are some tips that may be worth considering: Start with Tunes: For a variety of reasons, I prefer stuff by Southside Johnny, Jason Isbell and Lucero. But, find what…

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The Silent CEO Addiction Killing Productivity and Talent Development

Corporate America’s dependency on consulting firms is nothing short of substance abuse in the purest form. The fact is most CEOs suffer from this very dangerous addiction and they don’t even know it – they are clearly in need of an intervention. Addicts don’t often admit they have a problem. They tend to rationalize and justify their behavior as normal. Here’s the thing – normal doesn’t always…

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Leadership and White Space

In my most recent column on Forbes I briefly discussed the value of white space as it relates to "span of control" but felt the topic deserved a deeper dive. Here's something you might not want to hear, but you should definitely take to heart - If you're having difficulty ordering your world,  it's nobody's fault but yours. I don't care how busy you are, but I do care about what you accomplish -…

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Leadership and Time – 15 Time Wasters to Avoid

Time; it’s the only thing we all have in common, yet it’s how we choose to spend it that defines and differentiates us as individuals. Even though time is a key success metric, I am always amazed at how many leaders don’t manage it as such. Time is indeed a precious and finite commodity, and those executives who use it wisely are those who achieve the greatest results. Let me be very direct -…

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