I am often asked in interviews, “How do you get so much done?” Even one of my daughters asked me this the other day.
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I love the topic of productivity. I collect productivity hacks like some people collect stamps. I am always looking for the edge that will make me more efficient and, even more importantly, more effective.
Based on my recent 2013 Reader Survey, 75 percent of my readers want more productivity content. So here are my top ten favorite productivity hacks of all time, in no particular order:
To be an effective leader, you have to become good at delegating. The problem is that what made you successful doesn’t usually scale.
To grow—both personally and organizationally—you have to increasingly focus on those high payoff activities where you add the most value and get rid of everything else. As Dawson Trotman, founder of the Navigators, once said,
I purposed never to do anything others could or would do when there was so much of importance to be done that others could or would not do.
I originally published this post last Thanksgiving. It has such a powerful, simple video that I wanted to share it with you again today. I pray it inspires you to focus on the things that matter most. Have a blessed holiday.
The older I get, the more I believe that gratitude is the answer to almost every problem we face. It can transform anxiety, anger, and depression.
It may not change our circumstances—though it often does—but it can change us. And isn’t that really the purpose of this journey we call “life”?
About once a week I get an email from someone who wants to know how to work for a bad leader. Maybe their boss is a jerk. Maybe he is just incompetent. Regardless, they are not quite sure how to lead well in this kind of situation.
Though I eventually became a CEO, I spent most of my corporate years in middle management. I had my share of bad bosses. A few were very difficult. I imagined myself quitting or at least giving them a good tongue-lashing. Others were incompetent. I wanted to pull my hair out or rat them out to their boss.
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It’s hard to believe, but it’s been more than two years since I left Thomas Nelson Publishers. After fifteen years at the company and six years as the CEO, I stepped down to pursue my life-long dream of being a writer, speaker, and entrepreneur.
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Almost immediately, several of my readers asked, “Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to a new CEO?”