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How to Leave a Meeting Well

Here's a few tips to leaving a meeting well: Schedule meetings back-to-back. If one meeting looks to runs long, you simply say, "my next...

The Project Management Pain Curve

If you've ever been tasked with solving a challenge, delivering a new product, or increasing an operational efficiency, you've suddenly...

How to Avoid Small Errors

The life of a small business owner is an exercise in shifting focus between the micro and the macro. On the macro, you provide the long...

How to Have a Great Day at Work

Having a great day at work is defined by the effectiveness of your efforts and the quality of your relationships. Here's one tip to...

Strike this One Word from Your Life

Commit to not describing yourself as busy. I know. You are. We all are. But you don't need to let that state of affairs define you....

What Gets Rewarded Gets Repeated

What gets rewarded gets repeated. And one of the most accessible and affordable forms of reward you have in your toolbox as a leader is...

How to Process 100+ Emails ASAP

Email can take over your life if you're not careful. And sometimes it can take over your life even if you are. The amount of email an...

3 Steps to Prevent Burnout

Burnout is the state of emotional physical exhaustion, coupled with a pervasive cynicism against any hope for a better future. Gallup...

Burnout: What it is and Why it Happens

Burnout Defined: A state of emotional and physical exhaustion, coupled with cynicism against any hope of positive change. The Six Factors...

Shooting the Messenger

In Oregon, where I live, the legislature recently enacted a single-use plastic bag ban in grocery stores. Starting January 1, we all have...

A Simple Method to Accomplish Your Goals

If you establish a goal, it's best to write it down. And if you write it down, it's best to track its progress over time. And if you...

When Rejected, Ask Why

Rejection sucks. But not getting the feedback you need to improve is worse. Having a sales proposal turned down is painful for two...

5 Steps to Better Decisions

A leader's primary way to add value to an organization is in the quality of the decision she makes. Here's 5 steps towards improving this...

How to Leave a Voicemail

Here's how to leave a voicemail that gets you a call back. 1) State your name and phone number in the first sentence 2) Describe the...

Pursue the Right Kind of Stress

I was a disaster as an adult in college. My life motto was a lyric from Simon and Garfunkel's Only Living Boy in New York, "I've got...