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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 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 […]

No Rules Say We Have To Start There

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Most of us know the leverage of feeling good before getting into action. Feeling good makes everything flow so much better. But it is often difficult or impossible to feel good about a topic that is important to us. For example, most of us will find it hard to feel good about an upcoming encounter […]

So, You Say You Want Better Results

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Okay. Maybe we are convinced that jumping into action to get desired results is problematic. Perhaps there is something useful in¬†raising our buzz–that is, to feeling good–then acting as inspired to generate better results. But why does raising our buzz seem so difficult? Mostly, it’s because we are fighting age-old, inherited habits. We are so […]