Category: Using Resources Wisely

"Leadership Tip: Don't fall victim to fake efficiency. Be the tortoise, not the hare" - with a picture of a tortoise.

Are You Choosing “Fake Efficiency”?

“I don’t have time to talk to everyone, I have to get it done now!” “But that amount of communication is going to slow down the entire process…” “If we need to address all of those things, we’ll never get anything done around here…” So often we trick ourselves into choosing “fake efficiency.” We rush…
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Leadership Tip: A closed door* isn’t a sign of disrespect for others it’s a sign of respect for yourself *or a do not disturb, silent mode, paused notifications… with a picture of a red and white “please do not disturb” sign.

It’s Time to Close the Door

The “Open Door Policy” wreaks havoc on organizations.  Or perhaps it’s more the underlying thinking that’s doing the damage. The thinking that we need to be available to everyone at all times, no matter what. The thinking that if we close our door, create boundaries, make time for ourselves, we are rude, unapproachable, disrespectful, a…
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Leadership Tip: Maybe you don't need to learn HOW to have the DIFFICULT DISCUSSION Maybe you need to learn to STOP TRYING With cartoon images of 5 people at the bottom in various states of surprise.

Sometimes the Answer is Giving Up

Well-meaning, helpful people often ask: “How do I get through to them?” They’ve tried explaining it this way.They’ve tried explaining it that way.They’ve listened.They’ve asked questions.They’ve thought through their response for the 15th time.They’ve tried again.  And again.  And again.  And yet, the person they’re talking with still isn’t getting it. They’re blaming, attacking, and…
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Getting off the hamster wheel

Hamster Wheel or Treadmill?

It’s common to say we say we don’t have time for things that are important. Yet we spend so much time wrapped up in things that we know aren’t a good use of our time. Scratch that. BECAUSE we spend so much time wrapped up in things that we know aren’t a good use of…
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Find the Opportunity to Walk and Talk

I’d like to thank Andrew Kaikkonen and the Lovers atWork Office Furniture team for inspiring this post and the outcomes in it.  Excellent people, ideas, and furniture solutions, in case you’re in the market! A few months ago, I suggested meeting for coffee and Andrew asked I’d be up for a walk instead.  The idea…
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"Want to feel better? Make small goals to empty your "I Should Do That Bag" lighten the mental and emotional burden you carry everywhere you do" with a picture of a woman carrying a full backpack and looking down.

Want to Feel Better? Empty Your “I Should Do That Bag”

The “I Should Do That Bag.” We all have one. We tend to add to it frequently and without much strategy. It gets heavier and heavier, and we carry it everywhere we go. No wonder we are so exhausted. Getting out from under the mental and emotional burden of our heavy load requires being more strategic in what…
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How Do We Break the Cycle?

This is the third post in a three-part series on making wise investments of your time, energy, and money. Check out Are You Making the Most of Your Resources? and Why Are We Stuck? for more ideas. Most people don’t want to spend their day doing things that aren’t a good investment of their time…
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Why Are We Stuck?

Why are we stuck doing things that aren’t a good investment of our time and energy? In a recent post, I noted that if you’re like many leaders, you’re spending a lot of your time, energy, and money in three main areas that are holding you back from doing your best to lead people and achieve…
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Are You Making the Most of Your Resources?

If you’re like many leaders, you’re spending a lot of your time, energy, and money in three main areas that are holding you back from doing your best to be productive, lead people, and achieve success: FIREFIGHTING 🧯 Managing emergencies, reacting to unexpected problems, trying to quickly resolve symptoms with a patchwork of temporary and…
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