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What I Told the CEO of a $10B Company about Productivity

September 28, 2017 by Leave a Comment

I met with one of my most admired clients last week and we had an interesting discussion about his efforts to maintain momentum for all the initiatives that he has underway. This is the second company I have worked with "Sam" at and he is currently President and CEO of a firm that is rapidly approaching over $10 billion a year in sales. Sam is bringing on two key staff, has a culture / strategy initiative underway, and has his team negotiating several important acquisitions. I am consistently amazed at the energy Sam brings to his lea... Continue Reading

To Enhance Productivity, Stop Doing Something!

February 12, 2015 by Leave a Comment

It was recently announced that the national unemployment rate went down to 5.6%. I was an Economics minor in college, many moons ago, and full employment was considered to be around 6%. By the time the Dot-com boom hit its peak in 2000, full employment was thought to be closer to 4%. I never got the memo as to when they made that change but it seemed to make sense given the hubris of the times and how wealthy many Internet start-ups made their founders. Economists today say the full employment number is between 5 and 5.5%. Again, I mi... Continue Reading

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7 Ways to Beat The Clock

December 3, 2014 by Leave a Comment

As the year hurtles to its conclusion, most of us will reflect back on what we accomplished and also what will fall into the pile labeled "good intentions". Making the best use of that fleeting resource – time – will always be a challenge. As you make your reflections, please also begin to consider some things you can do to better prepare for making an even better use of your time in 2015. And remember, you have three work weeks left to try any of these ways to beat the clock. 1. Make meetings count! Be disciplined! The bane of exi... Continue Reading

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To Exploit Your Time Resources, Do a Time Bucket Analysis

September 24, 2014 by Leave a Comment

A client of mine was asked to take the helm of a new brokerage branch that combined three existing branches in a major metropolitan area. Its design would make it the new benchmark across the national platform. This Branch Manager is also a member of a very successful team within the branch that deals mainly with high net worth clients. She has been recognized nationally as being one of the very top Branch Managers in the country for all financial services firms. As the planning for the actual consolidation drew near, I asked my client h... Continue Reading

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Get That Post Vacation Mojo – A 2-Step Approach

August 13, 2014 by Leave a Comment

Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things. - Peter Drucker I recently wrote about the disappearing vacation and why it is important for leaders to get out of town – or at least out of the office so they could recharge and their team members could learn to step up in their absence. But what’s your plan for reentry? Do you show up and pretend to be glad you're back and then hope you get a surge of productivity mojo that will carry the day, and the next week or two? If you are like most people I know, we a... Continue Reading

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The Disappearing Vacation (and 8 Reasons You Should Take One)

August 5, 2014 by 2 Comments

I was talking to a friend today and he told me he was going to take a two-week vacation for the first time in many years. It made me think about my last, and only two week vacation, 33 years ago. It was an epic journey with a good buddy of mine to Alaska and it was a blast. Since it's the first week of August, much of Europe will be shutting down for the month. Family vacations have traditionally been a summer time rite of passage. But a few facts about this fading American tradition: The Conference Board reported that 40% of consumers ... Continue Reading

Do You “Under-Manage” Due to a Lack of Time?

May 6, 2014 by 1 Comment

As a leader, I have a couple of critical questions for you to consider: Do you allocate enough time for planning so that you feel you can stay ahead of the many challenges that come your way? If, like many others, your answer to the previous question is, "No!", what does this cost you, your team and the organization? In this article, I'd like to explore some recent research on this particular topic, a model for evaluating how you spend your time and a perspective that will reinforce the reality that making time for reflection and p... Continue Reading

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“Chunking” Your Time – A Simple Model for Increased Impact

March 21, 2014 by 3 Comments

A foundational element of my coaching work is to have clients review how they spend their time as leaders so they can make choices that will allow them to focus on what is truly important, rather than get sucked in to the "busyness vortex" of our current work world. Since many of my clients can see their time be consumed by days of back to back meetings, I often suggest they schedule blocks of time for them to plan, build relationships and other key leadership duties that cannot be done in a hurry. A client of mine recently gave me a boo... Continue Reading

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