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How to Reduce the Stress of Leadership Without Losing Your Edge

“No pressure, no diamonds.” Thomas Carlyle As a leader, you thrive on stress to some extent. It’s what gives you the “juice” of excitement and energy. That’s probably what attracted you to your position. You wanted the responsibility. Challenge. Excitement. Because it’s very satisfying to take on leadership responsibility and see something through to a successful conclusion. At times, though, the stress can be too much. It can become a problem. Maybe even a major hindrance. Particularly over time. The longer you are in your role. The more your responsibilities grow. And the more the challenges mount, the more you … Read more

The Best Prioritization Advice: Priority Channels

prioritize using priority channels instead of lists

Setting and keeping priorities is hard these days. You might have things set one day and the next day things change. Everything seems a little more chaotic than it used to be. Maybe that’s because the world is changing at a faster pace. Businesses are facing new dynamics. People are more easily distracted. When everyone seems to be overwhelmed, it’s can be hard to find your footing. And it can be difficult to work a consistent path forward. Not to mention, of course, the fundamental issue that you have too many priorities and not enough resources. All of this makes … Read more

How Successful Project Leaders Avoid Common Pitfalls

Being caught in the hornet’s nest of an unruly project is a unique kind of professional pain, particularly when you are supposed to be the leader. So let’s try to avoid that. Imagine if you could avoid the most common pitfalls and lead a winning team on a successful project. Doesn’t that sound like more fun? Of course it does. Because landing a successful project can be one of the most satisfying types of work. It gives you a great sense of accomplishment along with lots of real-life lessons. I’ve had the gut-wrenching experience where I have truly wondered if … Read more

3 Money Tips Every Stressed Out Worker Needs to Know

What would you do if you didn’t have to worry about money? That’s a fun question to help discover something you are passionate about. It can help you to think about long-term career plans and what you want to do with your life. It’s also useful to think about how you could make that a reality. Because you may be closer to financial freedom than you think. Maybe it’s a long-shot to become insanely wealthy and fly around on private jets. But it’s totally within your grasp to achieve financial peace. Because you already have the most important tools to … Read more

How to Create a Team of Leaders

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Team success comes from planning. But the leader can’t do all the planning. A team working on a project of any size or complexity needs multiple people to contribute. Each person brings specific knowledge and experience to the table. The team leader’s job is to use everyone’s input to get the best results. That means developing plans, but also turning those plans into action. The team needs to build momentum, get to work, and be able to overcome obstacles along the way. To do this, the team needs to be committed to success. That starts with each individual. And the … Read more