If You Want to Absolutely Maximize Your Productivity — Take a Break!

You can’t go all out all the time When you want to accelerate your career, the tendency is to hustle harder. Longer. The stories tell you to get up at 5:00 a.m. and grind all day. Every day. Gary Vaynerchuk famously walks fast, talks fast, and works 18-hour days. We hear about the wizards of …

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Why You Should Forget the Likes, Ignore Your Parents’ Advice and Do Something!

If you want to live a life of significance, you need to ask yourself the right questions. And then take action. When we’re young, our parents screw things up by asking us the wrong question. What do you want to be when you grow up? Barely waiting for a reply, our parents reassure us that …

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The Ultimate Employee’s Guide to Driving Great 1×1 Meetings

Your relationship with your direct boss is a key to your success. To your performance. To your desire to stay with your current company. Or not. When you’re not in sync with our boss, it can get funky in a hurry. Communication is uneven. You start second-guessing yourself. You’re working hard, but are you sure …

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The Ultimate Manager’s Guide to Leading Great 1×1 Meetings

Good leaders understand the value of great meetings. Effective meetings. Productive meetings. To leverage the message. To connect with the troops. But one of the great tools for leadership effectiveness, the 1×1 meeting, often gets so mismanaged that we dread them, we find reasons to cancel them, or we stop doing them altogether. They aren’t …

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6 Ways Leaders Can Leverage Their Strengths and Curb Their Fatal Flaws

When you’re a leader, you have to deal with uncertainty. Regularly. Maybe daily. Employees. Customers. Competitors. The supply chain. Government actions. Pandemics. Geopolitics at home…and on the other side of the world. When uncertainty reigns, your leadership brand is in the spotlight. How you deal with problems. How you communicate with people. How you deal …

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Four Strategies for Leaders When You Feel Anxious, Aggravated or Alarmed

Uncertainty and conflict come with the territory when you’re a leader. No matter how well you plan and prepare, you’re never in complete control. For most people, that leads to a certain amount of anxiety and stress. Maybe a lot of anxiety and stress. You’re different degrees of anxious, aggravated, or alarmed. All at once. …

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You’ve Hit A Creative Wall. Now What Do You Do?

There is a point at which creators go from dream to action. From intention to execution. But in between there is a space. Sometimes that space can feel uncomfortable. Ridiculously uncomfortable. Intellectually, you know you have to take action, but sometimes you struggle. You get distracted. You’re not motivated. Or you’re in the grips of …

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