I returned home during the Christmas holidays from visiting my son in New York City. He and I had a marvelous time but what caught my attention was the incredible lack of traffic on the parkway back to LaGuardia Airport and how empty the L train was coming back from Midway, even though normally both are jammed during the evening commute.
This told me that people were taking time off during the holiday and while that's a wonderful thing for all involved, it's also less frequent. Studies have shown that Americans are leaving 222 million vacati... Continue Reading
I recently came across an interesting article, "8 Bad Habits That Destroy Your Creativity" by Lolly Daskal, President and CEO of Lead From Within. Daskal indicated that the biggest impediment to being creative were often the following eight habits:
Premature Judgment: judging ideas too early in the process
Lack of Courage: fear of taking chances
Avoidance of Failure: the biggest enemy of creativity
Comparing Yourself with Others: failure to connect with your own unique innovation and imagination.
Discomfort with Uncertainty... Continue Reading
We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons. - Jim Rohn
Michael Hyatt is a leadership guru that I follow online. He is a former publishing executive who has been very successful in building an online marketing juggernaut from scratch. He recently hosted a goal setting seminar that I found enlightening and motivating. Here are some key steps he suggested for making progress on your goals, including my take on each:
1. Believe You C... Continue Reading
This is the time of year when we have already reviewed this year's performance or we are preparing to do so. We do this because it's always valuable to see how well we have performed and in preparation for the next year's objectives. How do we build upon past success or use that foundation to prepare for the next steps? Oh, and sometimes that review is done to justify what you may be due for bonus considerations. The latter is usually a minor concern for many leaders... OK, I'm just kidding about that.
At my last corporate career stop I ... Continue Reading
Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. - Albert Einstein
I realize it's a little early to be considering New Year's resolutions, but I would like to recommend one end of the year activity. It's one we all think about, often with a sense of dread, but it is critical to your success.
If you are an arborist, you trim trees to help them grow. You weed around your garden plants to help them thrive and prune your bushes to allow them to flourish. Do the same to your office, wor... Continue Reading
In the team coaching work that I do, I frequently see teams that are so busy chasing all the "stuff" that is the basis of their revenues or goals – what I call working "IN" the business – that they never find time to consistently and thoroughly work "ON" their business to improve how they do what they do.
Working "ON" the business includes the many HOWs of managing the day-to-day flow of the efforts of everybody on the team. Russell Bishop wrote an interesting book on this subject, entitled Workarounds That Work: How to Conquer Any... Continue Reading
Several years ago I conducted a survey for a highly successful international Investment Banking team to better understand the impact of email communications on their team, especially regarding the time they spent using email and the perceived benefits. Some of the key findings from this 200+ person team:
70% conservatively spent over 20 hours / week on email;
They spent 1.4 hrs. / evening and 1.65 hrs. / weekend on email;
92% of people said others were distracted by multitasking when you spoke to them;
84% respond to email const... Continue Reading
When you ask someone how things are going, how often do you hear "Super" or "Great" or "Really Well"? If your experience is like mine, the answer is "sort of". Because there is usually one word that follows "Super" or "Really" and that is "Busy", as well as "Insanely Busy" or "Ridiculously Busy". Are we actually that busy? For many people the answer is sadly, yes.
We fill our time with work, exercise, errands and other duties and leave very little time for contemplation, reflection or just plain old pondering. Take for example the very a... Continue Reading