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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. […]

The Expedient Route Often Isn’t

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Things done under pressure often backfire. That person we urgently needed to hire, the deal we really needed to make, and the strategy we didn’t have time to test are classic examples of the pressure-filled decisions that go on to cause much more trouble than they were meant to prevent.   In your corner, Mike […]

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 […]

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 […]

How Not To Lose Track of Takeaways

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In all the busyness, it’s easy to lose track of what we have agreed to do for each other, that is of our takeaways. Here is a 5-step process that works well. Recap. End each live, text, or email conversation or meeting with a review of who is going to do what by when. Confirm. […]

Getting It Done

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“I have to know or figure it out. Others will judge. I have to make it happen.” Hmmm. “I don’t know how it is going to happen. I don’t need to know, really. Others will help. I am excited to see how it all works out.” We think the former will work but it actually […]

Turn Struggle into Flow

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Our worries about how something will get done are merely us focusing on what’s wrong. This, we’ve seen, is a great way to prevent progress. It feels bad and has us struggle through sub-optimal next steps. Next time you catch yourself with worrying about how, stop. Focus for a bit on what end result you […]

How to Have Simple and Effective Processes

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Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. –Albert Einstein Our companies thrive when we have the simplest possible systems, processes, and policies. Anything too simple would be incomplete and cause confusion and waste. Anything too cumbersome will slow us down. How, then, would we put Einstein’s advice into practice? It’s simple, […]

Hafta Versus Gonna

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There’s a fundamental flaw that makes all time (or task) management awful. When we think about time management, we make the unwitting assumption that we “hafta” do, dump, delegate, or do later all the tasks that come our way. “I hafta answer that email. I gotta give Margie that feedback. I need to lose 5 […]