Archive for 2010

Do the difficult work first

Do the difficult work first

  Think about all the things you need to get done, whether at work, home or another context. Now think about the things on that list that are quick or ...

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No Comments » December 29, 2010

Lead your team with stories, not rules

Lead your team with stories, not rules

  Stories inspire. Rules constrict. Stories are memorable. Rules are very forgettable. You’ve seen them, or maybe you’re part of or are leading one now – an organization that is ...

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9 Comments » December 22, 2010

Do you know how? A thought from Bill Clinton.

Do you know how? A thought from Bill Clinton.

  Yesterday evening I gathered with about thirty thousand of my closest friends at Salesforce’s Dreamforce conference in San Francisco to hear a speech by Bill Clinton. He touched on ...

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No Comments » December 9, 2010

Ten things you can do today to express appreciation to your team

Ten things you can do today to express appreciation to your team

  1. Go around and say thank you for the work that is routine and rarely praised 2. Deliver a handwritten note of appreciation for who someone is, not what ...

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No Comments » December 1, 2010

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The accumulated efficiency effect

Feeling stressed, strained, worried or overwhelmed by all your tasks and responsibilities?  Read on… Anytime you do something more than once, pause to consider how a more efficient approach could ...

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5 Comments » November 9, 2010

The danger of defining your purpose too narrowly

The danger of defining your purpose too narrowly

  Let’s say you manufacture keyboards.  When someone asks what your company does, you respond, “We design and manufacture keyboards.” What if you changed your response to say, “We help ...

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No Comments » November 8, 2010

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Offer something you don’t have to sell

Do you spend a lot of time selling, trying to convince everyone that the product or service you offer is needed and of value?  Is it wearing you out?  Maybe ...

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No Comments » November 2, 2010

How being more organized and disciplined affords you more freedom and flexibility

How being more organized and disciplined affords you more freedom and flexibility

  I run into a surprising number of people who explain away their lack of organization and discipline by emphasizing the importance of maintaining freedom and flexibility.  Sadly, what they ...

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No Comments » October 28, 2010