#085: What to Do If You Work for a Bad Boss [Podcast]

If it hasn’t happened to you already, it will soon. Eventually you are going to work for someone who is immoral, incompetent, or just mean—maybe all three!

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The good news is that you often learn more from a bad boss than a good one. But only if you are open and teachable.

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The Reflex of Character

The foundation of effective leadership is character. Nothing else has more impact. Nothing else has greater reach. And nothing else can make up for its lack—not education, experience, talent, or contacts.

Every now and then you hear a story about someone’s character that brings this principle into sharp focus. I had this experience just last night.

The Beginner’s Guide to Task Management

I have been making to-do lists since college. In terms of physical systems, I started with the Seven Star Diary, graduated to a Day-Timer, and then landed on the Franklin Planner. At the time, it was state of the art.

My Task List for Today in Nozbe

After reading David Allen’s book, Getting Things Done, I decided to go digital. I did almost everything in Microsoft Outlook and then, after switching to a Mac, Microsoft Entourage. But ultimately, I switched to Nozbe, which I have been using since 2007.

#084: Why Effective Leaders Cannot Afford to Be Easily Offended [Podcast]

As a leader, you are going to draw fire. People will criticize you. Some will second-guess your decisions. Others will impute motives that aren’t there. A few will falsely accuse you.

Man Taking the Bait

If you are going to be effective as a leader, you can’t afford to be easily offended. Don’t take the bait! Nothing will derail you faster and consume your energy—energy you could be using to do what matters most.

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If You Want to Be More Productive, Get More Sleep

I have written on “5 Reasons Why You Should Take a Nap Every Day.” But this infographic describes how elite athletes sleep more in order to improve their performance. If you are a high-achiever, this might be the single most important tip I could give you for improving your productivity. (Thanks to ChurchMag for directing me to this.)

Sleep and Productivity Infographic

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Question: How much sleep do you typically get per night? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

How Millionaires Manage Their Time

This is a guest post by Jaime Tardy. She has interviewed over 130 millionaires on her blog and just published a new book about what she’s learned. It’s called, The Eventual Millionaire: How Anyone Can Be an Entrepreneur and Successfully Grow Their Startup. You can follow her on Twitter.

Let’s face it. One of the most difficult areas of most people’s lives is time management. We all want enough time for our work, our family, and ourselves. So how do the most successful people manage their time?

Time Is Slipping Away

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I’ve been lucky enough to interview over 130 millionaires. They know the value of their time, and use it to the best of their ability. I’ve curated the top tips on their time management to help you have more time to work, and more time to play and be with your family.

How to Find More Breathing Room

Instead of posting a new episode of my podcast today, I want to encourage you to listen to Andy Stanley’s recent podcast series, Breathing Room. I just finished listening to it yesterday and knew I had to share it with you.

Blue Room with An Open Door

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Do you ever feel like you can’t catch your breath? Do you run from one activity to the next without any margin? Are you stressed, overwhelmed, and close to burnout? If so, this series is exactly what the doctor ordered.

Our whole role in life is to give you something you didn’t know you wanted and then, once you get it, you can’t imagine your life without it.

CEO of Apple, Tim Cook

5 Insights from My Reader Survey and What They Mean for You

Last November, I launched my most recent Reader Survey. This is the fourth year I have gone through this exercise. I have benefited enormously each time. Ultimately, I think it also benefits you, because it helps me improve the content I create, whether on this blog, my podcast, or elsewhere.

My Reader Survey Results

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More than twenty-eight hundred people participated in the survey—almost double the number that took my last one. This was particularly surprising given the fact that I asked almost twice the number of questions (fifty-three as compared to thirty).

The 5 Biggest Hiring Mistakes Leaders Make

Over the last few months, I have had three young leaders come to me for advice on hiring and firing. In each case, they had made a big mistake in recruiting the wrong person. They were trying to remedy the situation and avoid it happening again.

Frustrated Young Leader

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I have made my share of hiring mistakes, too. I know how painful they can be. They were always very expensive and emotionally draining. Instead of focusing on the work at hand, they distracted me and kept my business from moving forward.