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The Two Sides of Professionalism

The Two Sides of Professionalism

If you were following the pallet industry news back in 2014, you would know that it was one wild ride. Wood costs and availability fluctuated dramatically. To offset the rising cost of pine, a manufacturer would switch to hardwood. But as the housing market rebounded from the Great Recession, hardwood prices soard. Innovative solutions were needed. Innovation is not so easy when the product is part of a complex supply chain made up of loggers, sawmills, remanufacturing operations, pallet manufacturers, sales, and brokers. Customers don’t see this and don’t think about it, so the volatile prices would make them feel … Read more

How to Easily Build Powerful Time Management Habits for Your Team

How to Easily Build Powerful Time Management Habits for Your Team

It took me a while to learn that good time management isn’t about cramming tasks into my day–it’s about applying high quality time to my most important work. And that the best way to make this happen is with small habits. Habits make it easy to tackle routine work consistently. They also enhance the quality of my non-routine work. And they help me make the best use of a team’s time. Habits are powerful, but also a little tricky. Good habits are hard to build and bad habits are hard to break. The secret is to keep things simple and … Read more

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

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