Do you ever stop and realize you’re doing something that you know—deep down—isn’t the best use of your time? Distractions, interruptions, and low-value activities are all around us, both at work and at home. Perhaps you find yourself veering off course because of something on your phone. Or maybe you’re watching League of Legends battles … Continue reading “How to make a “Not-To-Do” list”
“I’ll just put my keys right here in this random place. It’s not what I usually do, but I’ll definitely remember where they are.” That right there is a snippet of an internal monologue of someone who’s about to misplace their keys for at least twenty minutes. We’ve all been there, right?
When you really want to inspire change and growth in others, what kinds of questions do you ask them? Ones that require reflection and thought, or those that are more of the yes/no variety? The management strategy of asking more participatory questions reminds me of a certain Calvin and Hobbes cartoon. Calvin has—not surprisingly—got himself … Continue reading “Asking Effective Questions”
Picture a soccer team. Their star player is about to take a penalty kick, but he seems a little nervous. Now imagine the team manager coming out from the sidelines. He trots up to the penalty spot, takes a few steps back and—kicks the ball himself, and it flies past the goalie and into the … Continue reading “How to Delegate Effectively”
Recently, I found myself saying the very word I’ve cautioned others against using many times. Here’s what happened. I noticed something was wrong on my website, so I reached out to my project manager, John. John’s a reliable guy and I knew he could help with this issue. My fingers were flying, as this was … Continue reading “Why “ASAP” isn’t clear communication—and what to use instead”