• Example of a Bad Layoff Announcement

    By Kevin on September 20, 2017

    Doing layoffs is the hardest thing any business leader will have to ever do. And how you announce it is critically important. In July of 2014, Microsoft VP Stephen Elop unwittingly became the butt of jokes and the poster child for how not to announce layoffs when he released...

  • Why I Write Every Book For Gussie LaJean Crittle, And You Should Too

    By Kevin on February 20, 2017

    Taped to the bottom of my computer monitor is the obituary of a complete stranger. It’s only six sentences long; the death notice is of a woman named Gussie LaJean Crittle. Back on June 22 of 2014, I received an email with the subject, “I have no idea how...

  • Want to Get More Done? Try Taking More Breaks

    By Kevin on February 13, 2017

    Should you begin doing less, in order to accomplish more? Pulse And Pause You may have heard of studies indicating that humans are designed to “pulse” between expending energy and renewing energy. Tony Schwartz, founder of The Energy Project, teaches this. His research shows that humans naturally move from...

  • The #1 Tip To Finally Achieve Work-Life Balance

    By Kevin on January 30, 2017

    What can we learn from the work-life balance tactics of hard driving entrepreneurs and company founders? I’m often known for my research into extreme productivity, but people don’t realize that I want extreme productivity so I can also spend time with my family and friends. Work-life balance, or integration,...

  • Do You Have A Dysfunctional Relationship With Your Boss?

    By Kevin on February 23, 2016
    While it’s common to disagree with a boss, or even to dislike a boss, how can we know if our relationship with our boss is never going to improve? How do we know if we should “fire” our boss, or stick it out a bit longer? I’m not talking about the obvious signs like sexual harassment or racism or clear HR violations. What if things aren’t that bad, but you aren’t sure if the devil you know is better than the next boss you don’t?
  • How to Receive Feedback and Criticism

    By Kevin on August 14, 2014
    How can you take the sting out of feedback, and use it grow and get closer to achieving your full potential? We all say we want feedback, but we don’t really. What we truly want is to be liked, to be loved, to fit in, to have our boss think we’re awesome. And criticism, by definition, is letting us know that we still have some work to do. It puts a ding in our self-worth and ego.
  • Great Coaching Questions (For Self or Others)

    By Kevin on April 14, 2014

    Bob Tiede is a leadership expert out of Plano, Texas, who writes a blog called, “Leading with Questions“. This is one of the best leadership blogs I know of. In Bob’s newsletter this week he shares some of his favorite questions which I’ve excerpted below. (And by the way,...

  • The Best Job Hunting Strategy?

    By Kevin on February 4, 2014

    An accomplished young woman emailed me today asking, “What do you think is the best strategy for job hunting?” My answer… I don’t your specific situation but here’s some general advice: 1) Never stop hunting. Never assume your the job that you do, or the company you work in...

  • 3 Business Success Tips From Kathy Ireland

    By Kevin on July 26, 2013

    I think most people remember Kathy Ireland as the supermodel who dominated Sports Illustrated swimsuit editions through the 80’s and into the 90’s. But did you know she is now the CEO of a $2 billion dollar global company? In a recent BusinessWeek article she offers three life lessons:...

  • How To Work Hard Without Sacrificing Health Or Family

    By Kevin on July 5, 2013

    A reader recently emailed to share that he is going through a particularly tough time balancing his busy career, his executive MBA program, and his home life. He was wondering how he can make sure that his spouse and physical health don’t suffer along the way. This is going...

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