Be a Ruthless Pruner

We are always working on yesterday’s commitments. And when we have committed, it’s so easy to make those decisions sacred. Such reverence for our past commitments builds up continual clutter, drag and mediocrity in our work and lives. Without knowing it, we are managing many subpar projects, possessions and relationships at the cost of whatContinue reading “Be a Ruthless Pruner”

Set Important Decisions to Opt-out

There is such a thing as decision fatigue. Your willpower and ability to make effective decisions changes over the course of a day from mental weariness. When it comes to trying to respond and keep up with the demands of knowledge work, it’s hard to stay sharp and it’s easy to push out things thatContinue reading “Set Important Decisions to Opt-out”

Manage Oneself

That one can truly manage other people is by no means adequately proven. But one can always manage oneself. Indeed, executives who do not manage themselves for effectiveness cannot possibly expect to manage their associates and subordinates. Management is largely by example. Executives who do not know how to make themselves effective in their ownContinue reading “Manage Oneself”

These Are Never a Waste of Time

My days, like many of yours, are jammed with demands that relentlessly pull at me. It’s not hard to simply jump into the chaos and push forward on every front. It can feel productive, but often times it is simply reactive. And, if I’m not careful, I’m simply treading water. I have a lot ofContinue reading “These Are Never a Waste of Time”

Lead with Your Calendar Invitations

  Peter Drucker said it best when it comes to the work we do today, “In knowledge work, the task is not given. It has to be determined.” We are in a world where there is a lot of information flying around. Sometimes, we are being social. Other times we are trying to get clear.Continue reading “Lead with Your Calendar Invitations”

Want More Play? Then Commit to This

“The more you like to play, the more self-disciplined you should be.” ~ Robert Ringer I like to play. Maybe work is your life. Not me. My work building businesses and growing ventures is a lot of fun and fulfilling, but ultimately, I play as much as anyone I know. And because I like to play,Continue reading “Want More Play? Then Commit to This”