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 …

Breaking the Addiction to Busy Work

Hi, my name is Larry, and I’m an addict. I’ve been clean and sober for three years, two months, and …

Meetings Gone Wildly Wrong

Timothy Wiedman was once a top regional manager for a national retail photofinishing company. He worked hard. Thanks to the …

In Defense of Remote Work

The debate over remote working—what we used to call telecommuting—is endless. It’s also mostly misconceived. Pundits and consultants debate whether …

Fake Work and How to Avoid It

We begin each day with the best of intentions. But we often go to bed at night wondering exactly what …

When Goals Don’t Cut It, Focus on Obstacles

Emily wanted to work in marketing. She was young and had no experience. She’d skipped college and used a portfolio …

Why After-Action Reviews Are So Important

One of the critical differences between military and civilian organizations is that most military organizations can only simulate their wartime …

Breakthrough Results in Operations

Is execution more difficult than strategy? Nine out of ten business leaders say “yes.” If you are a leader with …

Engineering Success

Leaders are responsible for getting results. Yet it seems like we’re constantly reinventing the wheel, trying to solve the same …

4 Rituals That Make You Super Productive

All of us want to be fully engaged and highly productive, but every day brings a fresh round of small …

The Science of Rituals

What do you do when you wake up in the morning? Do you brush your teeth, take a shower, and …

How Structured Evening Rituals Keep You Sharp and Rested

Nearly everyone knows how important sleep is to the body, mind, and spirit. Countless studies have found that a good …

How a Morning Ritual Changed My Life

The decision to go freelance and break free from the typical nine to five workday was an exciting change. But …

What Busy Leaders Really Need from Their Spouses

With divorce rates hovering between 40 and 50 percent, experts spend countless hours discussing the reasons why so many Americans …

Encore Episode: How to Achieve Big Goals with Your Spouse

When we pair historical examples with the findings of social science, it’s clear a good marriage is an optimal environment …

Encore Episode: The High Cost of Overwork

Most people try to get more done by working more hours. Despite working longer days, we get less done. As …

Patience Is Not a Virtue

The patience of Job; the patience of a saint; a “fruit of the Holy Spirit”; a virtue. “He that have …

Encore Episode: The Fine Art of Celebration

Celebration may cost a bit of time and money, but it is well worth it. If you invest the effort …

The Omega and the Alpha

Erin Winick helped speed the progress of technology in America, and now she has mixed feelings about it. As an …

The Science of Reading

Even if you don’t consider yourself a “reader,” you read all the time. Signs, instructions, articles, bills, blogs, newspaper headlines …

Encore Episode: The Ultimate Calendar Management Solution

Every leader manages a whirlwind of commitments, appointments, and deadlines. Sometimes it seems as if we’re one step behind. In …

Encore Episode: 4 Steps to Communicating Vision

There’s just no substitute for vision. When we have a compelling, unifying view of the future—and we’re able to communicate …

How Presidents Choose to Lead

There’s no more fascinating or scrutinized topic in American history than presidential leadership. So much is at stake in a …