In a bit of a departure from our usual discussions, I want to give you a sneak peak at my upcoming eBook Get Influential: How I built a Twitter following of 5,000 in under five months and how you can too. In the process of building an engaged community of leadership enthusiasts, I have learned … Read more “Get Influential” Your Guide to Building a Twitter Following
People often ask me about the books I read. Specifically, they want to know what leadership books I’d recommend – there are so many! Usually I try and curate a list on the spot based on what I know about the person who is asking, but I almost always miss something. There are already lots of “Leaders’ … Read more 5 Books you Must Read if you Consider Yourself a Leader
“New Year’s Eve is a great time to think about making a resolution to change a behavior, improve upon a practice, or to start something new. Most people don’t keep their resolutions very far into the year, but there’s no reason to wait until Dec 31st to reboot” ~ Dana Perino No matter what sort … Read more Reboot: How to Get Going when you’re Stuck
“We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh My local bookshop, Unity, has to be one of my favourite places in the whole world. Small enough to be personal, but big enough to have so many books and choices I’ll never run out of options to browse. I’ve … Read more Possibilities: Why I Love Books (and Journals)
“Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they’ve started.” ~ David Allen I’ve been reflecting on how much I’ve taken on. Of my own doing, of course, but commitments none-the-less. This week is particularly busy at work – largely responsibilities that … Read more Overcome Overwhelm: Managing Work-related Stress
“The essence of procrastination lies in not doing what you think you should be doing, a mental contortion that surely accounts for the great psychic toll the habit takes on people. This is the perplexing thing about procrastination: although it seems to involve avoiding unpleasant tasks, indulging in it generally doesn’t make people happy” ~ … Read more Procrastination: Is it your Kryptonite?
I’ve just had three days out of action with a particularly nasty head-cold. (It’s winter right now in my part of the world.) And while I really wanted to get in front of my computer and slog out something helpful for all of you fabulous people – I knew I wasn’t leading if I wasn’t … Read more Self Leadership: Take Care of You First
Meetings might well be the single biggest time-sink in any medium to large size organisation, with the possible exception of email. There have been times in my career – especially in times of crisis/semi-crisis or when deadlines are looming – that I have literally reached a Friday afternoon and realised that I feel like I … Read more Top 10 Tips to Create Mindful Meetings that Matter
How can you be busy and lazy at the same time? You can’t? You bet you can! The best example I’ve come across for this was on a big IT project I was involved in. Projects that are formally/mechanically managed are fairly typical in IT and construction. Project management provides a set of tools and … Read more When Busy-ness Hides Laziness
It is simply a fact that, in general, human beings naturally prefer to take the shortest, simplest, easiest path between two points. You could even say, laziness defines us. At school, the majority of students find the easiest (least effort) way to get the results they want. Not only academically, but also in terms of … Read more Laziness: The Human Condition?