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To be an effective CEO or manager, you must know and control your time and priorities. This means you must track your time and priorities. You need to do it. And, you need the managers who report to you to also do …

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My client Mick has a friend he admires — Jo. They’re both solo professionals, both lawyers, with adjacent specialties. They refer work to each other and don’t compete directly. Jo is a monster of efficiency. When they compare results, Jo …

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Jim walked out of a recent meeting with his promising, smart new teammate, Jill, seething with frustration. “I can’t tell which Jill will show up — Jeckyll or Hyde,” he spluttered to his coach. Jim’s gestures were sharp, fast slashes at …

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January needn’t be a time to make well intentioned promises to yourself that you soon break. (And most do get broken. According to a University of Scranton study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology, 1/4 of resolutions only last a …

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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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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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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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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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Part of your end-of-year routine should be to take stock. What did you learn in 2012? How will you make 2013 better? This is a form of benchmarking. Comparing yourself to yourself, and to others, and looking for ways to …

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Effective leaders are constantly learning. To help you keep learning, here are five of my favorite books, old and new, for growing a CEO’s or a manager’s capabilities. Pick one up to read over the holidays, or on your bus …

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When done correctly, internships present an awesome way to get traction on important goals with little effort, while sounding out a potential future hire.  Sadly, most internships are not used correctly by the employer.  Here are four steps to doing …

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  Good meetings are the nerve centers of a good organization.  Here are the three meetings every organization should have – and how to make yours better. Meeting 1 – the Daily Huddle Duration: 5 to 15 minutes. Purpose: Prepare …

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Some of our biggest problems are self inflicted. One of the worst is a mental mistake called “judging others by ourselves.” Young children do this all time. If they like lollipops, they just assume everybody likes lollipops. Young managers do …

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Most meetings suck. Yours can suck way less. Here are 5 structural elements that will make your meetings fast, fascinating, and effective — and how to implement each one.

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Toxic incivility in the workplace is costing money, driving away the best employees — it’s even killing people. Don’t believe it? A recent study by VitalSmarts and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) found examples like these: A pharmacist …

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