Getting Things Done

The Four Cs of Decision Making

The Four Cs of Decision Making

In a world of abundant data and complex organizational dynamics, many companies and organizations struggle with a proliferation of meetings in which inefficient processes lead to uneven quality in decisions. This is discouraging and annoying for participants and...

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Learn from Success

Learn from Success

"Learn from your mistakes." How many times have you heard this? It's good advice, as far as it goes. The lessons of our failures are valuable -- burn your finger once and you learn to steer clear of the hot stove. But how often have you conducted an autopsy of a...

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The Stop Doing List

The Stop Doing List

If you're like me, you have a To Do list -- whether the high-tech version on your smart phone or the low-tech kind written on a Post-It, or perhaps just maintained in your head. But do you have a Stop Doing list? Maybe you should. I got this idea from Jim Collin's...

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Drudgery Transformed

Drudgery Transformed

How can you stay motivated when you are overwhelmed by a To Do list as long as your arm? Or when everything feels like drudgery and you just can't make yourself get started? One way I help my clients get into action is to connect them to the purpose underlying what...

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Four Steps to Avoiding Terminal Vagueness

Four Steps to Avoiding Terminal Vagueness

  According to debtor's anonymous, many people who repeatedly incur unsecured debt experience so-called “terminal vagueness” – a lack of awareness or monitoring of their finances. But you don't have to be ready for a Twelve-Step program to be prone to this...

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Make Your New Year’s Resolution SMART

Make Your New Year’s Resolution SMART

  Several years ago I swore off New Year's Resolutions. (Yes, I see the irony of that.) The annual hopeful energy and inevitable late-winter decline was a cliché, and I was too cool for all that. So I steadfastly ignored Auld Lang Syne and set personal goals...

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Time Management Habits #2 — Make a Daily Schedule

Time Management Habits #2 — Make a Daily Schedule

  Don't allow yourself to come to the end of the day wondering what you did all day with no sense of accomplishment. Take charge of your time. Here's one way: either the night before or soon after getting up, review what you need and want to get done. What is...

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Quantum Leap or Baby Step?

Quantum Leap or Baby Step?

  A Facebook buddy has the following quotation on his home page: “Doing is a quantum leap from imagining.” I am struck both by its truth and by the way in which it is not true. The truth of it is commonplace: talk is cheap, actions speak louder than words,...

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