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...]

Top 10 Ways to Save Money & Make Your Budget Go Further

Here are my Top 10 ways for you to easily save a few thousand dollars this upcoming fiscal year: Rental car corporate accounts can lock in a price Are you currently at the mercy of demand, random airports and the unknown of rental-car pricing? Sign up for a free corporate account for each major rental car company and you can lock in a rate no matter the rental locale. It’s still a good idea to check the regular rate before booking in case it is lower than your corporate rate, but either … [Read more...]

Want to Save a Few Hours Each Week?

Wanna save a few hours every week? Look no further than how your meetings are run. The solution to unproductive, painful meetings as showcased by Gino Wickman in his book Traction, is called a Level 10 meeting – the 10 coming from what it should be rated on a scale of 1 to 10. The foundation of the Level 10 meeting starts with these 5 things: Meet on the same day each week Meet at the same time each week Have the same printed agenda structure Start on time End on time This … [Read more...]

5 Secrets to Getting More From Your Team

Some gurus say people are the key to success, and they are half right. You can have the greatest university or strategy in the world, but none of it matters if you don’t have the people to execute it. But if you are trying to beat your competition or hit your numbers while being asked to do more with less, I say the key is engaged people. Employee engagement is the degree to which employees are psychologically invested in an organization, and motivated to contribute to its success. The … [Read more...]