Father Time’s top 5 ways in 2013 to save time and money

It’s budget time again! And unless you are one of the lucky few, it’s otherwise known as that friendly reminder that you are once again supposed to do more with the same (or less) resources. As an entrepreneur who started from nothing and has never had millions in venture capital funding, I eat, breathe and sleep this stuff and am passionate about helping other leaders save time and money so they can perform at a high level with less. Back by popular demand, here are my top 5 ways to free up … [Read more...]

Bench Strength

“The most important decisions you make aren’t what decisions, they are who decisions.”   -- Jim Collins How much is a phenomenal staff member worth? The difference between meeting your goal or exceeding it? Making your budgeted goal or not? Yet if you don’t have an open position on your staff, how much time last week did you spend on finding top notch people? It is easy to be reactive when it comes to the people part of our role, yet it really doesn’t matter how great your institution is or … [Read more...]

Recognize the need to recognize

When’s the last time someone told you they were tired of being genuinely recognized and appreciated at work? That fantastic question, from my friend and leadership guru Jack Daly, is one of my all-time favorites. And it’s true, as long as it is authentic, it is nearly impossible to over-recognize someone. Think about yourself: How do you feel when someone says how much they appreciate your efforts? Then why don’t we do a better job of this as leaders? In an earlier blog … [Read more...]

Dolly the Sheep

For my money, the most challenging aspect of being a leader is being a leader of people. When I think about where I spend the most time, and where I’ve faced my most challenging issues, it always comes back to the people. The art and science of leading people can get remarkably complicated, so much so that it sometimes feels like you need a PhD in psychology on certain days. Two of your team members can’t stand each other and the office is choosing sides. Your top performer lost his/her mojo and … [Read more...]

New Year’s Resolutions are for Sissies

The ball dropped and 2013 is here, and along with it the cliché of a fresh start. But being I’m Father Time, after all, I am a sucker for the perspective a new year brings. Now the question is, what are you doing about it? New Year’s resolutions? Are you still wearing a pager? Those are soooo 1992. Could there be bigger time wasters? People spend a bunch of time and mental energy to come up with them, spend a bunch of time in January following them, and by March are spending a bunch of … [Read more...]

A Leader’s Most Important “Employee Birthday” Quiz

Here’s the quiz you, as a leader, should ace this holiday season. First write down the names of all your staff members (hopefully you can ace this one, otherwise things will go downhill quickly :)). Next to each, write the names of spouses or significant others. Then, write at least one thing that each person is passionate about. Finally, and be honest on this one, if you were to buy each person a personalized gift that they would truly enjoy (fruitcakes and Target gift cards do not … [Read more...]

The Magic Hour

Too many people spend their day reacting instead of being in control and spending time on the most important things. As a result, they work a lot but accomplish only a little, and the mountain of things to do never seems to dwindle. This occurs because most people do not stop to first plan their day. The whims and fires of each day control them, as opposed to them ensuring their time is spent on the highest value tasks. A common myth Hyrum Smith writes about in The 10 Natural Laws of … [Read more...]

I.D.S. – How to make issues go away forever

Most leaders can free up a significant amount of time if they work on how they solve issues with their team. I’ve written about how to run a highly effective meeting, and one component of that is the Issue Solving Track. From my firsthand experience, having structure to how you solve issues is a considerable time saver and a fantastic alternative to lots of people talking in circles for hours and getting nowhere (not that it ever happens in your office). The key to avoid being your own … [Read more...]

10 Questions All Great Leaders Ask

The success of your next few recruiting classes literally depends on the answers, yet I am amazed at how few leaders spend time to ensure they have them.  Some just don’t put the effort into being a good leader, but for most, they are simply too busy or overwhelmed with their many other priorities. Yet, I would suggest the time and energy spent on addressing those questions will actually save you time.  Lots of it. Fall travel can be a grind.  Even if your team is fully engaged walking out … [Read more...]

Are You Running Your Schedule or Is Email Running You?

Here are my Top 3 ways for you to overcome the email drain I call "emailaholism": Ever worked from home, really been in the groove and then your spouse or kids interrupt you for something? Then think about the time and mental energy it takes to get back to where you were. It’s challenging, and a good amount of time gets wasted. Now multiply that by the 20, or 40 or (many) more times we willingly let email be that same interruption each day. All the mental see-sawing between tasks means we … [Read more...]