We Should Rethink Our Obsession with a Good Ending
The first time I read Little Women, I enjoyed it so thoroughly that I remember wishing that it would not end. As I turned the pages and the remainder got smaller and smaller, I started to feel a sense of loss simply because the wonderful story would be over.
Quitting Has A Bad Name
The process of trimming – quitting something important – is rarely easy. It can be almost heart breaking.
Lessons from the “Great Resignation”
Few changes are permanent. People take jobs and leave jobs. Sometimes they go back to a job. Sometimes they change careers, or move across country. Everything keeps evolving. Tune into it and think about where you want to fit. Every day, be a little bit more of what you wish to become.
Your Mind Doesn’t Do You A Lot of Favors
When we recall memories, we also apply filtering. As we pull them out of storage, we re-write them just a bit to fit within our world view and to provide consistency with other memories.
Rule: We Only Work with People We Like
In my book, The Absolutely Unbreakable Rules of Service Delivery, I mention that I have worked hard to apply certain rules across both my personal and professional lives. One of these rules has served me well across the board: We Only Work with People We Like At home, this is largely about work/life balance and […]
Advice to Employees – and What It Means to Managers
As I go through my days and weeks, I talk to a lot of people. Most, I admit, are self-employed or the owners and managers of small companies. But, of course, I also talk to a lot of “normal” people who have jobs and work for someone else. They work for those owners and managers […]
Are You Addicted to False Productivity?
I love to read. Sometimes, that means online (on a computer), or on a device such as my Kindle. But mostly, I love to read actual paper-based books and magazines. This is due in part to my age. I grew up reading books. More specifically, I grew up reading books with a pencil in my […]
Defend Your Sanity: Make Your Own Zoom Rules
A year ago, many people had never heard of Zoom. We have been using it for years. In fact, because of various programs I run, my company has four separate Zoom logins in order to accommodate all of our training programs and needs under one account. But the world changed when . . well, when […]
Slow Down, Get More Done
This is so central to my life and my business that I had a poster made for my wall that says, “Slow down, get more done.” There are any levels to this advice. The simplest one is that sometimes you are so intent and frustrated in your work that you cannot make progress. For example, […]
Work ON Yourself, Not Just In Yourself
One of the truly great books I’ve read in my life is The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber. If I could make every small business owner in the world read one book, it would be this one. For many years, I re-read this book every year. Now, after thirty years, I re-read it every other […]