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Leading in Different Times #2: Reinforce Clarity

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This is the second in a series of Play notes about leading well during different times such as this one. “This not that. Here not there. And here’s why…” With daily distractions, project deadlines, and competing priorities, our teams can get unfocused. Add something like a global health challenge and they’ll likely get really scattered. […]

Don’t Change the World

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Whether when musing about the news or choosing our next job/project, we can trip up thinking that we are here to change the world. We’re not. There’s something more delicious for us to do: change our world. The world is too distant, distracting, and depressing. It’s full of spiky obstacles, shiny objects, and competing ideologies. […]

Make the Investment 

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When overloaded, the last thing we want to do is add more projects and tasks to our plate. But here’s a project that will remove things from our plate: renovate our task/attention management system. Time invested here will help us choose the most important things to do, throw away the low-value stuff, handle all the […]

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Overwhelm is a Sign

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Overwhelm is a sign that we are trying to keep track of our tasks in our head. Though our brains are wonderful, they are terrible at tracking more than a handful of things. To relieve our brains of this burden, we write down every possible* task or project in a task storage facility. Whether it’s something near-term […]


How to Start That Long-Put-Off Project

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Here’s a simple way to get going with that project you never seem to get to. First, make a list of the major chunks of work–best you can tell–that you will need to do to complete this project. You need not be precise, just thorough. Next, pick the time by when you would like to […]