How To Do What’s Hanging Over You

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You know that thing you need to do? The one that’s uncomfortable and hanging over you? We intellectually know that things will be better when we finally just do it. But how to get past the FUDWARG (fear, uncertainty, doubt, worry, anger, regret, guilt) that makes it uncomfortable and stalls or stops us? One good […]

Go Ask

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  When in trouble, ask for help.   In your corner, Mike PS: Seriously. Go ask. The small amount of vulnerability needed to ask for help now is so much less costly than the serious kick-in-the-bum we’ll all get if you try to handle the unhandleable alone.

Email Etiquette Rule #6

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Email remains a vital business tool. And, for many reasons, it is one we love to hate. If we all follow a few etiquette rules, email can become much more useful and much less painful. Here is Email Etiquette Rule #6: Say less. Given their busyness, we cannot expect our readers to spend lots of […]

Email Etiquette Rule #5

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Email remains a vital business tool. And, for many reasons, it is one we love to hate. If we all follow a few etiquette rules, email can become much more useful and much less painful. Here is Email Etiquette Rule #5: Cautiously Copy. CCs are a pain. We receive tons of them and they often […]

Email Etiquette Rule #4

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Email remains a vital business tool. And, for many reasons, it is one we love to hate. If we all follow a few etiquette rules, email can become much more useful and much less painful. Here is Email Etiquette Rule #4: The “ask” goes first. After writing a smart subject line, start the body of […]

Email Etiquette Rule #3

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Email remains a vital business tool. And, for many reasons, it is one we love to hate. If we all follow a few etiquette rules, email can become much more useful and much less painful. Here is Email Etiquette Rule #3: Use one-word tags and short, meaningful summaries on subject lines. Our email inboxes are […]

Email Etiquette Rule #2

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Email remains a vital business tool. And, for many reasons, it is one we love to hate. If we all follow a few etiquette rules, email can become much more useful and much less painful. Here is Email Etiquette Rule #2: No “See below” When forwarding an email or email stream with perhaps a comment […]

Email Etiquette Rule #1

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Email remains a vital business tool. And, for many reasons, it is one we love to hate. If we all follow a few etiquette rules, email can become much more useful and much less painful. Here is Email Etiquette Rule #1: Use at most one emotional word per email. If what we have to communicate […]

One Wee Step

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Sometimes all we need is a teeny win. Committing to taking a step in the right direction–even a step that is not in the wrong direction–does the trick. We will either launch ourselves where we want to go or gain enough momentum to take another teeny step. What’s your one wee step, now?   In your […]