Stop Being Your Own Worst Critic

Does this one ring a bell? You, reader, are your own worst critic. Your penchant for nitpicking every detail and …

Don’t Let Others Make You Small

Big goals are often the seed for big success. Monica Louie knows this firsthand. The Facebook ad expert launched a …

Put Me in, Coach!

I switched jobs for the first time at age 49. Well, technically, I had several jobs between graduate school and …

The Fastest Way to Accelerate Business Growth

As leaders we’re trying to grow our businesses, but momentum can be elusive. Before you can grow, you need clarity …

The Science of Coaching

I met Dave at a residential behavioral health center in Arizona. An older man with stories to match his years, …

Life’s Relief Pitching

After years of tumult and uncertainty, major parts of Steve’s life were coming together nicely. For more than four years, …

The Ultimate Collaborative Workplace

Collaborative workspaces are becoming more common, but productivity suffers when teams don’t have the environment they need to communicate and …

A Place to Call Our Own

“We really need an office space for our team.” It’s not something I ever expected to hear from our COO, …

The Winner in the Weeds

Michael Hyatt & Co. recently landed on the Inc 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in America for …

Stick Your Business in the Cloud

Having your files stored in the cloud is one of the most powerful tools in your business when it’s done …

Quash Rumors With Truth

Rumors at work can be surprisingly destructive. Rumors undermine the confidence of an organization, both within and without; encourage infighting, …

How to Dial Down Workplace Drama

Leaders build momentum. But nothing kills it faster than office gossip and departmental wrangling. Based on decades of experience in …

Fire Drama Queens

Drama queens (and kings!) are bad for business. They disrupt your workplace by gossiping, backbiting, exaggerating every situation, justifying their …

Don’t Yank the Chain of Command

A chain of command, or command hierarchy, is the relationship between personnel in terms of responsibility and authority. It’s a …

Allow for Pushback

We’ve all been there: a project manager or supervisor asks you to do something you disagree with for some reason. …

How to Conquer a Chaotic Calendar

As leaders—especially leaders who have busy families—the calendar can spiral out of control very quickly. It doesn’t take long before …

How I Got My Life Back

In 2016, I left the office work-setting to embark on a completely different career in a new field. I was …

The Very Best Way to Motivate Your Team

When leaders are driven to succeed, it’s easy to resort to power tactics to drive the team forward. While high …

George Washington vs. Workplace Drama

When George Washington was a teenager, he both copied out by hand and tweaked 110 “rules of civility and decent …

Money Isn’t Everything

A surprising number of people are not primarily motivated by money. In fact, some studies have found that there is …

The Science of Motivation

The United States Military Academy is an elite, selective institution with an acceptance rate of less than 10 percent. Despite …

The Science of Decision Fatigue

Think back to the last decision you made. What were your options? How did you choose what to do? Most …

Don’t Choose Your Lunch

Back in 2014, Barack Obama declared that he only focused on making the most-important decisions.  “I don’t want to make …

Best Tools for Decision Making

Decision making is a big part of leadership. As a leader, one is expected to take decisions all the time. …

How to Make High Leverage Decisions

Good leaders thrive on making high-leverage decisions. But facing too many daily choices can be overwhelming. Eventually, we’re tempted to …

Check Baby, Checklist

We are a society of list-makers. We gather groups of to-dos and to-don’ts, would-bes and should-bes, and we slap them …

How to Think Straight

Leaders make tough decisions nearly every day. Too often, they feel rushed or pressured into choices they don’t like and …

New Coke: Anatomy of a Terrible Decision

The Coca-Cola Company’s own website admits that it was probably “a day that will live in marketing infamy.” On April …

Apples, Oranges, and Arguments

One of the bigger problems when it comes to rational discussion today is that we don’t quite know what we …

Leader: Know Thy Biases

The road sign in my home state of Washington read: “Litter and it will hurt.” I didn’t think twice about …

Slow That Decision Down

“Don’t rush me, sonny! You rush a miracle man, you get rotten miracles,” warned Billy Crystal, costumed up as Miracle …

How Hobbies Make You a Better Leader

Many leaders compensate for feeling overwhelmed and over-busy by working even more hours. But neglecting self-care puts us on a …

Hobbies for Perfectionists

The Wharton-educated bank executive quits weekend bird-watching excursions after missing a prothonotary warbler (rare orange and yellow-headed songbird) sighting. The …

The Science of Play

As a kid who wasn’t allowed to watch television, the focus of my childhood was play. The games are too …

Churchill’s Finest Hobby

Winston Churchill once wrote that “The cultivation of a hobby and new forms of interest is therefore a policy of …

Stop Busywork Now!

You already know that busywork does nothing more than create the perception that people are working harder than they really …