Make a Great Plan in 4 Steps

If there is one thing I have learned from leading teams, it’s that the small insights carry the most power. And the best way to get those insights is through good old fashioned planning. Planning is the machine that converts ambiguity into action and action into success. No matter the undertaking, teams I lead have success in proportion to the quality of our planning. There are only a few simple steps to follow that always work, provided I trust my instincts and remain open minded. Gather Context matters. A useful backdrop can be gleaned from considering what is happening in … Read more

Leading Through Uncertainty

Your team, your boss, and a bunch of other people need you now more than ever. Because you have responsibility, knowledge, and insights that can be converted into decisions, directions, and support. These things are important all the time, and especially in uncertain times. And we have not seen times this uncertain in a long while, perhaps ever. The Coronavirus pandemic is a rapidly emerging worldwide shock to the system. That shock will ripple out for weeks and months to come. But now is your time to lead. The early hours and days are crucial to any effort. And more-so … Read more

The Easiest Way to Overcome the Most Common Obstacles at Work

Your chances for greater career success increase dramatically as you build skills, knowledge, and experience. That is why you feel the urge to advance in your current job. Because that sort of progress will inevitably lead to a better future for you. As you become a super star at work, you become more valuable to the company you work for now. But you also become more valuable to the marketplace in the future. Your success gives you a better story to tell. As a bonus, continually working toward greater success is a happier way to work for most people. It … Read more

Build Your Success With an Attitude of Gratitude and Acknowledgement

What would happen if you paused to take a look at some things that you and your team are doing well? Most of us are in the habit of focusing on weaknesses rather than strengths. It’s easier to beat ourselves up for all the things still on our to-do lists than it is to celebrate the things we have completed. It is human nature to dwell on the project that did not go well or to keep replaying in our minds a flub we made somewhere, even if it was small and insignificant. Sometimes this is helpful. Because studying our … Read more

How to Save Yourself from Burnout

Working hard or working long hours isn’t the main or only factor that leads to burnout. A better question to ask is, are you exhausted? Are you emotionally drained? Are you growing increasingly cynical? Are you feeling a bit depressed? These are signs of burnout. If your physical tiredness, mental depletion, and emotional fatigue are impacting your work, it’s time to look at your situation more closely. Maybe you just need a break. Or maybe you need a break-up–a new job, a new team assignment, or some other more significant change. It can be tricky to decipher sometimes. But if … Read more

How to Leverage Your Time to Become a Better Leader

Wouldn’t it be great to do more work in less time, all the while feeling less stressed out? Well, you can. All it takes is a little leverage. Let me explain. Leverage is that thing that lets you do more than you should be able to do. You can’t move that big rock in your backyard. It’s too heavy. Then, miraculously, you rig up a lever and it moves easily. With a relatively small force, you can move a very large rock. Amazing! You can’t afford to purchase your dream house right now, even though you finally find the right … Read more

5 Simple Ways Deal With Negativity in the Workplace

It can be a challenge to manage your stress level when the workplace seems to be able to bring out many different kinds of negative emotions these days. Anger. Envy. Fear. Guilt. Helplessness. Our day-to-day can contain lots of strife. And that can add tons of stress on you if you don’t have some ways to counter the negativity. Even if you start your day all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, negative people, negative comments, bleak outlooks, and pessimistic attitudes can bring you down. This can be even more difficult to confront when you’re feeling down yourself. Misery loves company, after all. … Read more

Improve Your Leadership With These Two Simple Psychology Tips

Good leaders know how to leverage positive energy into action and results. They also know how to minimize bad energy and turn it around. It’s simpler than you might think, if you know a few simple tips for managing with greater emotional intelligence. The best way I know to do this is what I call the zooming perspective. It’s simple, effective, and can help you to more easily lead with emotional intelligence. First, know that we don’t like to lose The first thing you need to understand is that humans are not neutral. We have a very definite negativity bias. … Read more

Master Time Management With a Focus on Results

We admire people who accomplish things. But our culture often confuses busy with results. The trouble is that being busy and accomplishing things can both feel the same sometimes. Because a full calendar, a long to-do list, and an active email box all seem like they will lead to results. But simply filling up your time with important-seeming to-dos can actually lead you in the wrong direction if you’re not careful. Here is a better way to think about your time and effort. Think forward in time and imagine how you will look back on what you are working on … Read more