7 Steps to Give Procrastination the Slip

Postponing unpleasant or difficult tasks is the procrastinator’s modus operandi. We all do it to some extent or other. The good news is that there is no gene for procrastination. It is learned behavior. If you are in the costly trap of procrastination, adopt new behavior that improves your productivity and efficiency. Boost your confidence […]

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Gratitude is More than a Platitude--It's a Smart Business Strategy

Writing in the Harvard Business Review Blog (January 23, 2012), Tony Schwartz cites a worldwide survey conducted by Towers Watson. The survey states, “The single biggest driver of engagement is whether or not workers feel their managers are genuinely interested in their well being.” Would it surprise you to learn that less than 40% of […]

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Forget Strategy Unless You Are Committed to Execution

Without execution, a brilliant strategy is only a brilliant strategy. I am an advocate of brilliant strategies. However, most of the work in an organization is executing strategies not creating them. Consider a strategy to take care of your car. It is an important part of your job and you want your car to last […]

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Expectations Do Not Guarantee Success Despite Hard Work

Many people frequently use the words expectation and aspiration interchangeably. However, the meanings are not the same. I found this definition of expectation on the internet: a strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future. Imagine setting the expectation of making a 20% profit on every project for the next […]

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Why Interest in Others Is Key to Attracting the Right Client

When I meet someone so enamored with his own verbiage that I cannot hear myself think, I remember my father-in-law.  His wisdom, “He likes to talk to hear his head roar,” comes to mind. Curious listeners make excellent conversationalists.  They also make good impressions at networking events, conferences and dinner parties. Incessant talkers send me […]

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Your Behavior Reveals Your Values

Companies frequently state integrity as one of their values in doing business. Sounds good but what does it really mean? Merriam-Webster defines integrity, a noun, as the following: Steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code. The state of being unimpaired; soundness. The quality or condition of being whole or undivided; completeness. It is […]

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Gossip Strangles Growth

Almost everyone does it to some degree or another—share information and misinformation that serves no useful purpose.  It zaps productivity and morale. Gossip creates toxic cultures in companies and yet often it is the norm. You know when someone begins with “Well, I heard...” you are about to hear the latest scuttlebutt. It may or […]

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The Best Change Agent Is You

Many people attend events and leave inspired to make changes.  Often there is so much to do that they are defeated before they even start. Marshall Goldsmith, author and leadership thinker, spoke to 800 women entrepreneurs from around the globe in Dallas at the annual Women Presidents’ Organization conference.  He shared strategies to develop individually […]

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Virtues That Sabotage

Most of us would argue that excellence, fairness and collaboration are desirable in the work place.  Think again. In Tipping Sacred Cows—Kick the Bad Work Habits that Masquerade as Virtues (2013) Jake Breeden exposes the dark side of exalted virtues. He explores seven of the most common sacred cows in the work place. See my […]

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Leading in a Crisis

Leaders at all levels experience a crisis at one time or another.  Some are world wars, economic crashes, or weather events.  Others are more localized and personal but carry the responsibility of leading. In pondering how leaders behave in a crisis, regardless of the magnitude, I made a list. It is in no particular order. […]

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