Recovering the Lost Art of Note Taking

5 Simple Ways to Create Your Personal Time Machine

If you spend much time in meetings or presentations, note taking is a survival skill. But I’m surprised at how few people bother to do it. Those who do sometimes express frustration at how ineffective it can be.

I don’t recall anyone ever teaching me how to take notes. I didn’t learn it in school—not even college. Nor did I learn it on the job. It was something I had to pick up on my own.

That’s probably true for a lot of people, and I bet it’s why so few people bother to take notes. No one has ever told us why it’s important or how to do it. That ends here. I’m going to share not only why you should take notes but also offer four suggestions on how to do it better.

4 Essential Disciplines for Getting Things Done

How to Avoid the Death of Your Project

Do you remember the last time a major initiative died in your organization? Did it go down with a loud crash, or was it slowly and quietly suffocated by competing priorities?

Organizations operate within a whirlwind of activity. All the calls, meetings, deliverables, and urgent deadlines combine to smother new initiatives.

But, if we take the advice of FranklinCovey’s Chris McChesney, we can step outside the whirlwind and make progress on major goals.

No New Blog Post Today [Good Friday]

I am not posting a new blog post today in light of Good Friday. I hope you enjoy time with family and friends during this holiday weekend. I look forward to connecting with you again next Monday.

Why United’s PR Disaster Didn’t Fly

In Time of Crisis CEOs Must Exercise Extreme Ownership

United Airlines CEO Oscar Muñoz apologized Tuesday afternoon to the doctor who was forcibly removed from an over-packed Chicago-to-Louisville flight on Sunday.

Muñoz called it a “truly horrific event.” “No one should ever be mistreated this way,” he said, pledging on behalf of his company, “we take full responsibility and we will work to make it right.” United would “fix what’s broken so this never happens again.”

But will that be enough to restore the billion-plus in lost market value and regain the trust of countless consumers? It’s hard to tell at this point because of how badly he bungled the crisis when it mattered most.

Introducing the Full Focus Planner

A Foolproof Plan to Accomplish Your Goals and Achieve More by Doing Less

Tell me if this sounds familiar: You’ve got big goals for the year. Maybe for your career, your health, your family, and the like. But it’s easy to lose visibility in the whirlwind of daily life.

You’re productive, no question. Sometimes you’re flying faster than a tornado. But to what end? It’s like there’s no practical link between your long-term goals and your daily tasks.

When our goals and tasks don’t sync, we get frustrated and fail to make the progress we want. But what if there were a tool that kept your goals visible all year long and helped you stay focused on the critical next steps to accomplish them? Now … there is.

What Could an Online Course Be Worth to Your Business?

Discover Course Creation Essentials in Amy Porterfield’s Free Master Class

I was amazed to hear the other day that online education is now a 100-plus billion dollar industry. But to be honest, I’m not totally surprised.

Based on the way business is changing, the Internet is not just another way to learn new information. It’s the way that many people prefer to learn new information. Conferences and live events, once the go-to for promoting a product or message, are now just another piece of a much larger puzzle.

The Most Under-Appreciated Characteristic of Strong Leadership

3 Ways to Leverage Humility and Avoid the Trap of Overconfidence

Why do smart people make terrible decisions? At Catalyst several years ago, Malcolm Gladwell answered that question by going back to the Battle of Chancellorsville during the American Civil War.

“Fighting Joe” Hooker was a Major General in the Union army. In 1863 he squared off against General Robert E. Lee in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, near the village of Chancellorsville.

How I Reconciled Professional Ambition and My Personal Life

What the Enneagram Taught Me About Steering Clear of the Dangers

When I was a young executive I had a level of stamina that was nearly supernatural. I could get locked onto a goal and not eat, not sleep, just stay focused on it until I achieved it.

But as I recently told my friends Ian Cron and Suzanne Stabile on their excellent The Road Back to You podcast, all of my ambition came at a steep price, to my family, my friends, and me.

Elon Musk and the 100 Hour Error

3 Big Reasons Why Overwork Is a Productivity Killer

Elon Musk is widely regarded as one of the most influential entrepreneurs working today. He’s one of the founders of PayPal and the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX. He wants to help put a colony on Mars and be buried there.

Because Musk is considered such a visionary, many people want to learn his methods and follow his example. However, they run into a serious problem. Musk may be a genius, but he’s also a workaholic who proposes untenable work habits.