Category: Do

  • Pause. Breathe. Look. Leap.

    Pause. Breathe. Look. Leap.

    In our drive to get things done, we often leap into action. But best practices would say, “Pause. Breathe. Look. Leap.” Do daily and weekly check-ins on our own work and with our teams. Then get into action. Do deep monthly, quarterly, and annual planning for ourselves, our careers, with our families, and with our […]

  • Choosing to Relieve Your Company’s Growth Pains

    Choosing to Relieve Your Company’s Growth Pains

    Growth hurts. We don’t like the complexity. Our company used to be simpler but now has more people and more moving parts. We spend time on things–bureaucratic things!–that we never needed to spend time on before. Issues that used to be unnoticeable or at least manageable become painful. Everyone gives more but we’re getting burnt…

  • How to Finish the Year Well

    How to Finish the Year Well

    How to have a really successful year end? Spoiler: do less, not more.

  • That Important Project?

    That Important Project?

    You know that important project? The one you’d get to someday when you had some time? The one that maybe takes you out of your comfort zone? If today isn’t that someday–if you haven’t yet taken advantage of these times to launch that project–maybe it’s not the right project and you can let it go.…

  • How to Prevent Burnout when Working From Home

    How to Prevent Burnout when Working From Home

    Working more hours yet have less time to get our work done. On calls, Zoom, or Teams all day. Rear end feels welded to the chair. These are some of the symptoms we experience when we (suddenly) shift to remote work. Here are four cures. Meet LESS Often When we are together, we communicate more…

  • How To Do What’s Hanging Over You

    How To Do What’s Hanging Over You

    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

    Go Ask

      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

    Email Etiquette Rule #6

    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

    Email Etiquette Rule #5

    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

    Email Etiquette Rule #4

    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…