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...
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...
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...
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,...
By Kevin on February 23, 2016While 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?
By Kevin on August 14, 2014How 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.
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,...
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...
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:...
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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