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Becoming a Best Boss – Level One – “Know Thyself”
This is the level where we come to know the unchanging parts of ourselves and learn to manage the person we are. To manage oneself, one must first know oneself.

Three Ways to be Nicer to your Future Self

Have you noticed how different your future self is, from yourself today? My future self, apparently, has lots of free time.  He has money. He’s very decisive. He goes to the gym with the regularity of a metronome. His self-control

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More on Acing your Personal Improvement Plan

Dear Matt – Thanks for writing and asking for help with succeeding in your Personal Improvement Plan (PIP), also called a Personal Development Plan or a Performance Improvement Plan.  You’ve already read the Basic Guidance.  Here are some advanced tips. Clarify

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How to Learn to See the Big Picture

I was recently asked: How does one develop an ability to “see the big-picture”? The feedback from my performance review is that while I am competent, I ‘miss the forest for the trees’. Working on this is crucial for me

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How to Use your New Virtual Assistant

CEO Kathy had just decided to hire a virtual assistant, Sissy.  (I’m coaching Kathy.) “I’m trying to get ready for my first meeting with her, and I’ve got so much she could help me with,” Kathy said. “What does ‘so

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5 Steps toward Perfect Project Management – the TWIST Memo

Joan was tearing out her hair. Her client was driving her nuts. Every project with this client, it was some variation on the same thing — they took forever to approve anything, and then expected next-day turnaround from Joan’s team.

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How to Ace your Performance Improvement Plan

Uh oh. You just got put on probation at work — your boss and HR gave you a “Performance Improvement Plan” or “Personal Development Plan”. The bad news is, you’re now half-way to being fired. The good news is, you

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Executive Jump-Start

Dear CEO: Thanks for enrolling in executive coaching. This will jump-start you to a higher level of effectiveness.  Here’s what we’ll be working on in the next four weeks. First, you have to know and control your time. Your assignment

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Should we Introduce Napping?

I was asked, “Would a nap during your shift make you a more productive worker? If yes, what measures do you recommend to avoid the abuse of this facility?“ Yes, napping when I need to has made me more productive.

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Write a Perfect Thank-You Note, Again

One of my most popular articles is “Three Steps to Writing a Perfect Thank You Note“. If you already write thank-you notes regularly, it’s a great reminder of the basics. For the rest of us who don’t, it provides a

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Why the Boss is Always Wrong

“Are you ready to be a transference object?” Fred hesitated.  The coffee shop seemed to become dead silent. One week earlier, Fred had been offered a dream job, as part time CEO of a startup, working for a proven star

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Stop Putting People First – Put Profit First

Strategic execution requires that you stop putting people first (in the wrong way).  Profit must come first. I will pause while you gasp in horror. If you “put people first” in the wrong way, you’re harming them, yourself, the rest

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Keep a Thin Skin

Leaders shouldn’t be “thick skinned” — not if that means shrugging off negative feedback that might actually be correct. Leaders need to be emotionally resilient, unattached to outcomes, and assume positive intent. Our tool here is “The Ladder of Inference.”

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Strategic Execution – Outside the Core

  Last week we covered how too many firms mistake “innovation” for “inventing things in a vacuum” — thus Reinventing the Wheel. This time we cover how to speed up your execution of your strategy by avoiding another source of

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Strategic Execution – Please Stop Innovating

Want more real breakthroughs faster in your firm or department? Here’s an easy way:  stop “innovating” so much. That counter-intuitive approach is the unavoidable conclusion of a fresh look at how most firms approach innovation.  You’re probably making one or

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How to Form a Strategic Advisory Board

What can a private company do, to harness the kind of intellectual firepower that most of us can’t even access in our wildest dreams? Recruit an Advisory Board. Public companies have — or are supposed to have — boards of

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