Free Up More Time

“… you want maximal free time, not maximal activity, and you can assess your own “success” according to such metric.” ~ Nassim Taleb As business is slowing and we are in this environment of quarantining, it’s an opportunity to look around and remove or reduce waste. I can understand feeling disoriented when there’s not aContinue reading “Free Up More Time”

Simplifying Choices for Your Customers

Every bit of complexity can keep your customer from taking a next step with you in your engagements and work. We are inundated with choice and information. You can be both a welcome resource and helpful partner by taking stock and simplifying how you do business. Here are some areas to consider streamlining to makeContinue reading “Simplifying Choices for Your Customers”

How to Simplify the Complexity of Projects

We are overwhelmed from the complexity and volume of information every day. Much of it comes from the ease of team members and customers having the convenience of being able to email and text us. In your given day, think about how much you read in your inbox. Pages and pages of content that hasContinue reading “How to Simplify the Complexity of Projects”

Actions that Work

Every week you have the opportunity to move the needle and get your business notching up a level. Not only do you have to get the necessary work you committed to others done in your projects and tasks, but you have to make space and time to work on your business in addition to in yourContinue reading “Actions that Work”

Manage By Outcomes

How do you know most of your work matters? There are probably a few things that matter to produce the outcomes important to an organization. Most work is simply effort and cost and does not produce meaningful results. You can see this with the ridiculing of office politics and people doing busy work in cartoonsContinue reading “Manage By Outcomes”

Do You Have Thousands of Emails in Your Inbox?

I wrote the book, ZeroInbox, a few years ago to help business clients with a fundamental bottleneck in their workflow, their inbox. I have trained executives, teams and workshop attendees on this methodology to increase speed, clarity and consistency in managing the relentless flow of email in business. I think a lot of people simply giveContinue reading “Do You Have Thousands of Emails in Your Inbox?”

Help, I’m Never Getting to the Important Work

I understand. It can be really comforting to do what is urgent and stay in the groove of knocking out tasks. In a given day of work, there’s always the tasks that have to get done to keep pipelines moving, make customers happy and ensure our teams are motivated and productive. However, that nagging feeling,Continue reading “Help, I’m Never Getting to the Important Work”

Technology Darwinism

Automattic, the makers of this blogging platform, WordPress, bought Tumblr for less than 2% of it’s previous acquisition price of $1.1B. The hype has  died with another platform. And technology darwinism, survival of the fittest, the tried and true, is brutally pervasive. Social can make you feel like something is happening. But, it’s hard toContinue reading “Technology Darwinism”

Don’t Hold the Hot Potato

We remember the game as kids. The hot potato moved around the group and your job was to touch it and pass it. You were part of the game of movement. You lose if you hold on too long. When you are dealing with information, you are holding the hot potato. The next person needsContinue reading “Don’t Hold the Hot Potato”