Designing Your Life–Life By Design: Part 1

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If you are interested in having the rest of life be the best of life (regardless of your age), then this post is for you.  The next few posts are focused on using a design mindset in living our life with meaning and on purpose.  The goal is to be intentional about how you are spending your most valuable assets–your …

Work Deeply and Then Be Done

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This post is written for those of you who are Type A, driven, goal oriented, and who have trouble slowing down and appreciating downtime.  If you know how to work deeply, now you need to learn how to “be done” with work.   As the saying goes, “work hard and play hard.”  A few of my recent posts have been …

Leaders: “The Soft Stuff is the Hard Stuff.”

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This post is written for anyone who wants to be more effective in influencing others–regardless of position, company, or industry. As I watch the devastating damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, I am reminded of the importance of the “soft skills” in getting things done, inspiring others, and offering hope.  In writing Leading with Wisdom:  Sage Advice from 100 Experts, one of the …

Four Practices for Engaging in Deep Work

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If you want to be more productive and/or you need your employees to be more productive, this post is for you. A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about why it is important to do deep work.  Based on the book Deep Work:  Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport, I described why it is important …

Example Of Peace, Courage, and Compassion

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One of the themes that emerged for my book “Leading with Wisdom:  Sage Advice from 100 Experts” was:  Leaders Connect with Empathy and Compassion.  When I asked how to do this, they gave ideas that are included in the book.  But this post can also add value for anyone in a leadership position.  Learn from a police officer who learned …

Creating A Place Where People Want To Work

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If you are in a position to influence the lives of others at work, then this blog post is for you.  Since we spend almost as much or more time at work than at home, it is important to create a place where people want to work.  Recently I had an article published based on a local case study.  Read …

Why We Should Be Doing Deep Work

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This post is written for people interested in using their time more effectively.  Time is our most important resource.  Use your time wisely by engaging in deep work. Since my first career was in higher education, I enjoy reading research articles and books based on research.  As a former management professor and now leadership development and change management consultant, I …

What They Don’t Teach in Business School

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Business schools don’t prepared people to be laid off or downsized out nor do they teach leaders how to lay off people.  We often refer to people and interpersonal skills as the “soft skills.” But as one of my Sages for Leading With Wisdom:  Sage Advice for 100 Experts told me:  “The soft stuff is the hard stuff.”  And another Sage …

How To Measure Culture Change

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Several of my recent blog posts have been about culture and several readers asked about measuring culture change.  This is my response to that inquiry. You have probably heard the old adage (paraphrased): “What measures matters.  And if you don’t measure it, then it must not matter.” Since culture influences how people feel, what they believe, and how they act, …