Help them produce their best work

Ahhh, summer solstice. We revel in these long days of sunlight in part because we can enjoy our favorite summer pastimes after leaving work for the day. For some companies, summer is a time to coast, or at least do little more than get by until September since so many staff member vacations are on […]

Habit forming: What do you do every day?

Habits – at least the good ones – tend to help us get big things done that we might otherwise never accomplish. One of the things I do every day is read a page from “The Daily Drucker“. The Daily Drucker is a 366 page book of one-page-per-day excerpts from Peter Drucker’s books on business, […]

Not on my watch!

Most everyone I’ve talked to who really cares about their work has that one thing that brings meaning, context and (as my kids used to say) “give-a-care” to the work they do. You might have heard it described as “Not on my watch”, a reference to pulling watch duty on naval ships. The best way I’ve […]

Are you un-coachable? Drips might help.

Frustrated with the rate of change or accomplishment of new work in your business? I had a conversation recently that might help. Ann: Sometimes I think some of us are un-coachable. Mark: Reminds me of “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” It’s huge for those who teach and/or coach – you have […]

Are you a drama queen?

photo credit: -Jeffrey- Dan Kennedy is known to say something to the effect of “If I wake up at 2 am thinking about you or your business, you’re in trouble.” I can relate. For me, the “are you worth it?” measuring stick is often drama-related. Drama happens. It’s part of life. On the other hand, […]

Who needs a mentor? Not me!

Note: I am blogging on behalf of Visa Business and received compensation for my time from Visa for sharing my views in this post, but the views expressed here are solely mine, not Visa’s. See full disclosure at the bottom of this post. photo credit: Official U.S. Navy Imagery Thanks to the kindness of a […]

Will you lose your prized sources of business info today?

One last warning – Google Reader disappears tomorrow – July 1. If you don’t want to miss out on what’s going on here, much less in the rest of your feeds, I suggest you migrate your Google Reader feed list to http://cloud.feedly.com, to http://digg.com/reader or other Google Reader replacements. Both Feedly and Digg have made […]

The most expensive, most stressful thing on your desk

Nothing destroys a work day like distractions. Ever realize that it’s “suddenly” dinner time and all you remember doing since lunch is reading Facebook? That’ll show up nicely on a deposit slip. Hello, stress. Distractions are a product of your work environment, your work habits and how those two things are communicated to others. Your […]

Are you going out of business…intentionally?

Last week, I wrote about the most expensive minute of your life. This slideshow should provoke a similar discussion. How does it make you feel about what you’re doing now?

Does packing a suitcase make you more productive?

photo credit: masochismtango Think about the process you go through when preparing for an important business trip. You make a todo list so you’re sure you get all the bases covered. You think of every scenario that might come up at home while you are gone and every scenario that might up come while out […]