How To Eliminate Tasks – Two Classic Ideas & One That Might Get You Fired

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” – Stephen R. Covey One question that keeps popping up from time to time is some version of: “How can I minimize the amount of tasks/things I have to do?” When it comes to time management there are two main […]

Convincing Others Is A Waste Of Time – Yet People Still Try

“Convincing yourself doesn’t win an argument.” — Robert Half You run into them every once in a while. That person who insists on convincing you that their way of seeing the world is somehow superior. Why do the do that? Well, one can only speculate. It could be anything from them having a need to “be right”, […]

Unfinished Business – Sometimes We Should Leave It At That

“Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun.” — Christina Rossetti I’m on the train trying to solve a crossword puzzle and the man behind me is reading the paper. I do my best to focus while he sighs and grunts. Apparently he’s none too pleased with the news. There are two words […]

Don’t Just Read It & Wish It, Live It – Nobody’s Going To Give You A License To Go For It

“Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.” W. Clement Stone First off, I’ve been there. I’ve read, I’ve wished for things to happen, and I’ve waited for someone to give me the permission to go for what I want in life. And nobody came. At times I still find myself sliding back into the […]

“We Can’t Get It Wrong” – A Statement Worse Than Actually Getting It Wrong

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” — Scott Adams One of the worst things I’ve heard people, especially leaders, repeat again and again is the phrase: “We can’t get it wrong.” In many ways it’s a statement worse than actually getting it wrong. At least if you get it […]

Strategy & Stragedy – “In 7 Difficult Steps!”

“No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.” — Helmuth von Moltke The single best way to improve your thinking is to start asking yourself questions about why you want to accomplish something, how you want to accomplish it, and what specifically it is you want to accomplish. That being said, the operating word is “specifically”, because […]