Email is ubiquitous. Email is still our main method of communication at work. And email continues to be a major thorn in our sides. But why? Well, part of the reason is because there is just so much of it and part of it is because it is not done properly. Quick survey: How many […]Read more "Why Do We Still Do Email So Badly? (Part 1)"
What is the meaning of life? Is it a course of challenges and accomplishments? Is it a game of opportunities and choices? Is it a situation of “what ifs” and “what could bes?” Is it a landscape of logic and economics? Or is it an environment of intuition and morality? Most likely it is a […]Read more "Do You Live Life Like You are Writing Your Resume or Your Eulogy?"
How many times have you thought, “This work sucks.” How many times have you thought, “I should really look for another job.” How many times have you thought, “If only I could find the right job to match my values.” How many times have you thought, “What is my purpose here anyway?” We’ve all been […]Read more "Are You Looking Far Enough Down the Road?"
Well, maybe not everyone. But we all do some coaching at various times either at work or in life. Some folks do coaching better than others. Some lean on their listening skills. Others lean on their motivating skills. And others lean on their evaluating skills. Raise your hand if you think your core coaching skill […]Read more "Everyone’s a Coach"
Yesterday, my friend, Zack Melikian, told me of a great quote by Arnold Schwarzenegger: “The more you do, the more you get done.” Now, I don’t know if Arnold actually said that or not (I searched and could not find evidence), but let’s go ahead and give the greatest bodybuilder of all time (no offense, […]Read more "It’s Time to Get Uncomfortable with Being Comfortable"
Today you continue your journey to improve your Personal Effectiveness. So far in our program, we have worked on developing skills and honing techniques to make you more productive and more effective in your everyday work and life. In this final article in the series, we’ll review your task list and determine where to spend […]Read more "Your Personal Effectiveness Program (Part 5: Prioritizing Your Task List)"
Coaches are a unique part of work and life. They provide guidance without pulling. They explore opportunities without pushing. They resolve issues without instructing. It’s really quite a remarkable gift to be a good coach. I’ve been a coach for just over 4 weeks now and I can tell you that it’s not easy. Some […]Read more "Managers Manage and Leaders Lead, but Coaches Do It All"
Coach: “You’ve worked so hard and shown great potential. You’ve earned it.” Cheerleader: “You can do this!” Teammate: “I’ve got your back.” Great words of encouragement from three different people: a coach, a cheerleader, and a teammate. Each one of these phrases hits our emotions in three very different ways. A sense of accomplishment – […]Read more "The Most Beloved Leaders Do These Three Things"
What are you waiting for? Just Do It! Let’s face it, Nike has probably the best tagline of all time. And yet, so many of us just don’t do it. We wait, and ponder, and research, and on and on and on. Look, the bottom line is: If you want to get stuff done, you’ve […]Read more "Waiting for the Perfect Moment? It just passed."
Most of us think we are pretty good listeners. Some of us know we have some work to do in that area. While a few of us actually are really good listeners. But what does it mean to be a good listener? Does it mean being an active listener? You know, remaining silent while the […]Read more "So You Think You’re a Good Listener"