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Productivity & Focus

Keep an Inspiration Binder
Distraction-Free iPhone
A look at the Time Timer
The Time Timer is a simple, easy-to-use timer that allows you to focus on your work and creativity. In this video, I explain who uses it and...
Before-we-start agreements
It can be so easy to jump in to a task, a job, or project. However, this can create issues. Have you ever been far along in...
How should it look when it’s done?
Have you ever been disappointed when you don’t get the final OK from a client, boss, colleague, or spouse? For many of our jobs and personal commitments,...

Communication

Super Color Markers
What can be better than a Sharpie? Probably this. Amazon links Jumbo 12-count Black — $39 Fine 12-count Black — $13 Chisel point 12-count — $17 Jumbo...
Intro to Pocket Notebooks
The world of notebooks is full of endless possibilities, but today, we will take a look at the trusty and practical pocket notebook. Always ready to go...
Best Mac Apps — May 2020
I love the Mac and great apps. While researching and testing them can become a distraction, finding the best tools on the market allows me to go...
Before-we-start agreements
It can be so easy to jump in to a task, a job, or project. However, this can create issues. Have you ever been far along in...
Prevent frustration and overwork with these powerful, yet simple tools
When working on a team, have you ever been frustrated because a project did not turn out quite right? It turns out that our expectations are often...

Leadership & Influence

Direct statements
We all have things we wish we could come right out and say, but often don’t for our own reasons. We may want to preserve a relationship,...
How the way we end conversations leads to confusion or action
Have you ever worked with someone who uses confusion and complexity and avoids action? Instead of figuring out the next thing to do, they talk about how...
There will always be opposition
Have you ever encountered someone who doesn’t agree with your point of view or see things the same way you do? I’m sure you’ve experienced the tension...
Decide to focus
You must make a choice to focus your attention on something specific.  If you don’t choose to focus, someone else will — or you will be driven...
Influence and impact
One thing you can keep in mind each day is that you have influence and impact as an individual person. It can be common to think that on your...

On Conflict & Difficult People

Prevent frustration and overwork with these powerful, yet simple tools
When working on a team, have you ever been frustrated because a project did not turn out quite right? It turns out that our expectations are often...
Are difficult people following you everywhere you go?
Wherever you go, you will always deal with difficult people. Always. Many of us buy into the myth that at another job, in another organization, things would...
There will always be opposition
Have you ever encountered someone who doesn’t agree with your point of view or see things the same way you do? I’m sure you’ve experienced the tension...
Dealing with Resistance
Anytime we do important work, we WILL face Resistance.  It is pretty much a guarantee.  People won’t like what we’re doing. They may even let us know (to...
Resistance as positive evidence
When we encounter Resistance, we might get discouraged conclude that our idea or project is being rejected and a failure. We interpret Resistance as negative evidence. But...

Story

Managing your negative inner voice
It’s 6:55 am. You just woke up and realize you have a meeting at 7:30 am and agreed to grab coffee for your coworkers. The line at...
Story Dancer: America’s Got Talent Merrick Hanna
In the 12th season premiere of America’s Got Talent, 12-year-old Merrick Hanna’s dance performance caught me by surprise. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8m6HE77atjk I’m not sure what I was expecting from...
What happens when the computers go down at Shake Shack?
When the computers go down at Shake Shack, you might be in the middle of placing your order for the first time. The grill is still hot...the...
4 unrealistic expectations most businesses believe about social media
Many business owners and social media “experts” have it all wrong. They want to see success on social media produce big results for their business. While this...
Businesses, You’re Not Seinfeld! Why I Hate “Storytelling”
Don’t get me wrong—sharing stories is important for businesses. I’ve written a lot about it. But honestly, I hate the word storytelling. Read more