Category Archives: Effectiveness

Getting More Done

What would you do if you were in my shoes?

I’m sure you have heard it before.  The employee who second guesses your decisions, saying something like, “If I were in charge, I would…” Or, you have to make a tough decision: cut costs, hire one person for an opening … Continue reading

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Managing Your Desk-8 steps to success

Are you going in too many directions at once?  Do projects seem to never end? Is your inbox too high to see over?  Does your mind race, wondering where to start and what to do next?  No worries, everyone has … Continue reading

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Problem Solving-Step Nine-Evaluate

Congratulations on what you accomplished so far.  You learned that clearly defining the problem is the key.  You learned to distinguish between a problem and a condition.  You looked at possible alternatives, took action, monitored your progress, made needed changes … Continue reading

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Maximum Heart Rate Training Concept Applied to the Work Environment

There is a concept in fitness called the target hear rate training zone.  There are easy ways to calculate this and slightly more complex.  The idea is that, depending on your fitness, you work out at a percentage of your … Continue reading

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Distorted Thinking Hurts Your Ability to Lead and Manage

Have you ever gotten out of bed completely down because you had to face something?  Maybe you knew that you were going to have an uncomfortable conversation with your boss or coworker.  The idea of facing time-wasting, mind-numbing meeting after … Continue reading

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Keys to Being Consistent and Predictable Part Five

More keys to maintaining consistency and predictability in work and life.  Remember-a thief needs to be unpredictable to avoid the cops.  A leader, whether in a family, business, non-profit or government avoids only one thing by being unpredictable-success as a … Continue reading

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Keys to Being Consistent and Predictable Module Four

Leaders, in families, among friends, or at church or temple are all more effective when they are consistent and predictable.  Cat burglars  and boxers benefit from being unpredictable.  Managers, supervisors, leaders, parents and teachers lose ground when people can’t count … Continue reading

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Keys to Being Consistent and Predictable Part Three

You can do more to be consistent and predictable in your life.  There are some places where inconsistency and unpredictability pay off, such as being an offensive or defensive coordinator for a football team.  Or being a military strategist.  Keeping … Continue reading

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Keys to Being Consistent and Predictable: Part Two

Consistency and predictability are supremely important to people in a leadership position.  Care enough about your employees, your peers, your kids, friends and spouse to present a consistent persona.  That way none of the people you care about have to … Continue reading

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Deal Effectively With People Whose Styles are Different Than Yours

I started managing folks back in the old days, back before flat screens and smart phones. Before I was promoted and managed managers, I managed employees directly.   One of them was aggressive, persistent, loud, bad at math and quite … Continue reading

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