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Measure What Matters in 2019: The OKR Model

January 15, 2019 by Leave a Comment

Happy New Year. I hope that the holidays were all you wished for and that 2019 is starting out strong for you personally and professionally. Traditionally this is the time that we develop resolutions for the year. People are usually very excited about the prospects that fulfilling these resolutions may mean for them in their business and personal lives. Unfortunately, we often find ourselves ambling down a path to disappointment because we failed to make progress on the goals and eventually give up. Don’t get me wrong, a few folk... Continue Reading

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

When Was Your Last “Mental Health Day”?

July 26, 2017 by Leave a Comment

A recent article in the Chicago Tribune related the story of how a leader provided a strong affirmation to one of his employees who was taking a day off to "focus on my mental health". This was interesting because the leader was lauded by many for being supportive when one of his staff informed everyone via email of the reason for her absence from work for a few days. He was quoted as saying that he uses such an example "as a reminder of the importance of using sick days for mental health and that you are an example to us all, and help u... Continue Reading

3 Critical Steps to Post Vacation Productivity

December 29, 2016 by 2 Comments

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

8 Ways to Enhance Your Creativity

August 17, 2016 by Leave a Comment

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

Key Suggestions for Setting Dynamic Goals

January 6, 2015 by 2 Comments

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

3 Suggestions for Reviewing Your Goal Attainment

January 1, 2015 by Leave a Comment

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

Don’t Wait Until Spring – Prepare A Clean Sweep for 2015!

November 18, 2014 by Leave a Comment

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