The Secret to Achieving the Goals You Missed in 2013

It’s almost time. No, I’m not talking about Christmas—though who doesn’t love that? I’m talking about one of the best times of the year to slow down, take stock of the past, and ready yourself to maximize the future.

5 Days to Your Best Year Ever, Video #1

Most of us naturally do this already, making resolutions and setting goals. But, sadly, most of us never realize those goals.

One of my daughters sent me this video the other day. Not only is it a great example of a wow experience (something I talk about extensively in my book, Platform), but it immediately got me into the Christmas spirit. I hope it does for you, too.

By the way, this is from a new Christmas album by the group Pentatonix.

Question: What are you looking forward to most about the holidays? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Amazon is working on technology that will enable you to receive your package within 30 minutes of placing the order. (Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, revealed this on 60 Minutes.)

Question: Is this a good idea or a bad one? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

#075: My Top 10 Productivity Hacks [Podcast]

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:

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What Tasks Should You Delegate First?

To be an effective leader, you have to become good at delegating. The problem is that what made you successful doesn’t usually scale.

The Delegation Matrix

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.

#074: How to Frustrate Those You Lead (Are You Making These 13 Mistakes?) [Podcast]

Education comes in surprising ways. Sometimes, we think we could learn best if we had a better boss. But sometimes we learn the most from the bad ones.

Frustrated Employee

The great thing about these bosses is that they taught me what not to do, which is just as important as what to do—it’s just more painful.

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Wanted: WordPress Setup Testimonies

Thanks for your help. We had a tremendous response to this request for help. We have all the testimonies we need for right now.

I am in the process of creating an audio ad for my free screencast, “Launch a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog in 20 Minutes or Less.” I plan to run this in my podcast and possibly some radio ads.

Make My Phone Ring

I want to include some short audio testimonies from real users in the ad itself.

If you used my screencast to setup your own WordPress blog, I want to hear from you. This is a chance for you to promote your blog to my audience.

Get Published Black Friday Sale

Yes, I am planning a Black Friday sale for this coming weekend. It was such a hit last year, I am doing it again.

I will be offering a significant discount on my popular Get Published audio course beginning on Friday morning, November 29th.

I’ll provide the details then. Stay tuned!

What If You Work for a Bad Leader?

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.

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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.