You Put Yourself Where You Are

As we prepare to flip over the calendar to a new year, it’s a great time to take stock of where you are and where you’re going next year. For a variety of reasons, I’ve had some tough times in 2022. I over-committed both personally and in my business. That led to more work, more […]

Put Depression in its Place

Ten years ago this month, I woke up and realized that the world had just a little more color in it. I had been clinically depressed for a few years after my divorce. And while it took many more months for me to feel like I had actually come out the other side, I actually […]

Quitting Has A Bad Name

The process of trimming – quitting something important – is rarely easy. It can be almost heart breaking.

Millennials (and Gen X) Are Not a Problem to Be Dealt With

I have never believed most of the common wisdom spread about Millennials (and Gen X and Gen Z). And after about fifteen years of hearing “advice” focused on these younger generations, I think I finally figured out where the advice goes bad: It is extremely superficial and meaningless

Lessons from the “Great Resignation”

It’s not over yet. The unemployment numbers for January were released a few days ago. Looks like 4.3 million people quit their jobs in January. That means that over 3% of working Americans have quit their jobs each month for eight months in a row. Many of us are asking, “What’s going on?” There are […]

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

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 […]

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, […]

How to Minimize Interruptions

The last few posts have been about minimizing interruptions. Interruptions are literally the single greatest productivity killer in your business or personal life! If interruptions are coming from an outsider, including clients, it is easy to set up rules to deal with this. But insiders (your employees and family) are a different story. You can’t […]