• 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...

  • 51 Tips To Win At Life (Reflections On My 50th Birthday)

    By Kevin on June 14, 2017

    I recently turned 50 years old and decided it was a good time to jot down what I’ve learned, from many failures and some success, at how to win at life. I’m sure I’ll have very different ideas in the future, but this pretty much wraps it up for...

  • 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,...

  • 4 Traits of “Future Proof” Employees

    By Kevin on January 2, 2013

    What should you look for as you recruit new hires in 2013? As an employee yourself, what traits will serve you best in the years ahead? Late last year IBM conducted interviews with 1,709 CEOs around the world, and published the results in a white paper titled “Leading Through...

  • Google’s 8 Habits of Highly Effective Managers

    By Kevin on March 22, 2011

    In a special initiative called Project Oxygen, Google unleashed its famed statisticians to analyze 10,000 observations about managers, across more than 100 variables, to find out how to build the perfect boss. Their resulting manifesto identifies 8 qualities, presented in order of importance: 1. Be a good coach Provide...

  • How to Get Employee Committment, Buy-in and Passion

    By Kevin on November 24, 2010

    I just wrapped final edits and did jacket approval for my new book, co-authored by Kenexa’s Rudy Karsan.We: How to Increase Performance and Profits Through Full Engagement (Wiley, January 2011) describes our new era where work and life are blended as opposed to balanced, entitlements are a thing of...

  • Business Wisdom from the Dalai Lama

    By Kevin on August 30, 2010

    “Share knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.” — Dalai Lama The times in my career that I’ve been the happiest have been when I’ve been able to spot and help unleash someone’s hidden potential. Watching Christine go from receptionist to six-figure sales star in two years. Watching Andy...

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