How to Escape the “Do-Everything-Yourself” Trap: Delegate

How to Escape the “Do-Everything-Yourself” Trap: Delegate

You have way too much on your plate, you’re juggling multiple roles, there’s never enough time to get everything done and there doesn’t seem to be a solution. Well, actually, there is: delegation. One of the best ways to develop your team and organization, delegation remains one of the most underutilized and underdeveloped management skills. […]

The Real Reason You Don’t Focus on What’s Important

The Real Reason You Don’t Focus on What’s Important

Bruce Lee said, “The successful warrior is the average man, but with laser-like focus.” What he should have added is, laser-like focus on what’s important. Because, it’s not enough to just know what actions are most important. We need discipline and systems to not get caught up in things that are urgent and demanding immediate […]

How I’m Breaking My Emotional Addiction

How I’m Breaking My Emotional Addiction

Standing at the crowded coffee bar, I waited patiently to catch the attention of the server frantically busy filling orders. A tall German woman strode up next to me and, with no hesitation, called out her order for two cappuccinos. I looked at her, incredulous, feeling the urge to slap her arm and say: “Are […]

Are You Working Hard Enough?

Are You Working Hard Enough?

Hard work: it’s the secret to success, we’re told from an early age — by our parents, society and pretty much every person who achieves notable success.   But what exactly is “working hard” and how do we know if we’re working hard enough?    Good question. We’re not really taught any nuance around what constitutes “hard work.” And because work in today’s world isn’t linear and we don’t get immediate feedback after […]

The Real Secret to Work-Life Balance

The Real Secret to Work-Life Balance

“I’m home!” When I was growing up in Iowa, my dad, an engineer at John Deere, came home every night, like clockwork, at 5:00 pm. We’d all sit down as a family to (a home-cooked) meal and talk about what we did that day. In the summer time, we’d go to the park after dinner […]

Juggling Lessons for Entrepreneurs [Work Reimagined]

Juggling Lessons for Entrepreneurs [Work Reimagined]

Covering multiple jobs is the most difficult aspect of owning a business said 53% of those polled in a recent eVoice survey; nearly half said they juggle three or four roles. Unlike corporate employees, who often specialize in a particular skill set, a business owner needs the versatility to toggle among a wide range of […]

Five Strategies for Staying Mindful on “Social”

Five Strategies for Staying Mindful on “Social”

Ever noticed how dogs behave when they’re taken for a walk — easily distracted, stopping to sniff and/or chase everything along the way, the smellier the better? That’s our minds on social media. As I mentioned in my previous post, Are You Missing Out?, there’s no question that social media has created exciting opportunities for […]

Yes or Yes: How to Make Fewer Decisions

Yes or Yes: How to Make Fewer Decisions

A married couple was celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. At the party everybody wanted to know how they managed to stay married so long in this day and age. The husband responded, “When we were first married we came to an agreement – I would make all the major decisions and my wife would make […]

10 Tough-Love Rules For Writing Compelling Email

10 Tough-Love Rules For Writing Compelling Email

Crazy, isn’t it, how much of our work revolves around email these days. As the sheer volume has increased, the cumulative effect of unnecessary back-and-forth is keeping us chained to our inboxes. Time to step up your email game Not only is tightening up your email communications a surefire way to increase your productivity, becoming […]