Declare Email Bankruptcy and Get a Fresh Start

Have you ever felt so overwhelmed by email that you wanted to just delete your email account and start over? If so, you are not alone.

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Last week, I tweeted a link to one of my most popular blog posts ever, “Yes, You Can Stay on Top of Email.” Almost immediately, I received two email messages.

What My Dog Trainer Reminded Me About Leadership

Recently, my wife bought me a Labradoodle puppy. I had wanted one ever since my daughter got hers. My grandson named him “Charlie Brown,” since his fur was a beautiful chocolate brown color.

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Sitting on the Front Porch with My New Labradoodle, Charlie

Though he was born in January, we didn’t get to meet Charlie until last week. He spent the first eleven weeks at the breeder with his mother and siblings. Then he went straight to a trainer for “Companion Training.” (Yes, we believe in outsourcing!)

#093: 10 Reasons Every Leader Needs a Blog [Podcast]

Recently, while speaking on the topic of “Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World,” I said, “If you don’t have a website, you don’t exist.” But if you are a leader, I feel even more strongly.

Dandelion as a Metaphor for Influence

If you don’t have a blog—or if you do, but you aren’t blogging on a consistent basis—then you are missing out on one of the greatest leadership tools ever invented.

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The Get Noticed! Theme for WordPress Is Just About to Launch

I’ve had thousands of people ask me what theme I use here on my blog. If you were one of them, I have great news.

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I’m about to make the WordPress theme I use here at MichaelHyatt.com available to everyone. It’s called the Get Noticed! Theme. It’s been a long time coming, but it has been worth the wait.

How I Organize Evernote: A Peek Inside My Personal System

I often refer to Evernote as my digital brain. It has replaced my physical filing cabinet, allowing me to go completely digital. It is where I store anything I need to reference later.

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But Evernote can quickly become unwieldly if you don’t have a system for using it. It doesn’t have to be complex, but it does have to be intentional. My own strategy has evolved over time.

#092: The Single Biggest Reason Leaders Struggle with Delegation [Podcast]

Most leaders I know struggle with delegation. They know they should do it, but they just have trouble handing off their work. Why is that?

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If you ask them, it’s usually some variation of this:

I don’t delegate because it takes longer to delegate the task than just do it myself.

Sound familiar?

The truth is, delegation always takes longer—the first couple of times you hand off a task. But it will save you hours, days, and weeks if you hand it off the right way. This requires creating a clearly documented, optimized workflow, and then training someone how to use it.

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Are Your Beliefs Keeping You Stuck?

Several years ago, we had an English Setter named Nelson. He was gentle and patient. He let our grandchildren pull his tail and climb all over him. He only had one real fault.

My Dog Nelson

My Dog Nelson

Whenever the door would open, he would bolt like a convict, drunk with his new-found freedom. It would often take twenty or minutes or more to retrieve him. On more than one occasion, he narrowly escaped being hit by an oncoming car.

3 Truths About Business Ups and Downs

When I was growing up, ABC’s Wide World of Sports had as its tagline, “The thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat.” That pretty much describes my life as a blogger and entrepreneur.

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By that, I don’t mean that I experienced defeat in the distant past, but now my life is filled with one victory after another. Hardly. Often, I experience both of these in a single week.

#091: If You Want to be Successful, Stop Being So Accessible [Podcast]

Are you fielding more requests for your time than you have hours in the day? If so, you’re not alone. The more successful you become as a leader, the more other people will demand of your time. And that’s where the trouble begins.

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If you are going to maintain margin for your most important priorities, you have to make some tough decisions about your accessibility. The more successful you are, the less accessible you must become. I wish it were different, but this is just one of the harsh realities of leadership.

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