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Get off the Hamster Wheel: Slow Down to Speed Up

by Robin Perry At the end of a busy day I look at all I’ve accomplished – multiple coaching sessions, meetings, emails, phone calls – I hardly had a moment to stop! But was I really productive? I got a lot accomplished but what I didn’t get a chance to do was to look ahead [...]

By | August 16th, 2017|Productivity|0 Comments

How to Get Better at Achieving Your Long-Term Goals: Covey’s 4 Quadrants Productivity Tool

In several books by Stephen Covey, he describes a framework for prioritizing work that is aimed at achieving long-term goals by understanding the lack of need for work on tasks that appear to be urgent, but are in reality less important. He uses a time management 4 box method to categorize tasks on two continuum: [...]

By | July 20th, 2017|Productivity|0 Comments

The Rituals I’ve Created to Become More Effective

By Michael Holland  Creating rituals and habits in your life enable you to be much more efficient and effective. Many studies and books – The Power of Habit is a great one – delve into the inner workings of our brain and the role it plays in creating habits. The short story is that our [...]

By | May 11th, 2017|Productivity|0 Comments

How to Own Your Day and Be an Intentional Leader

By Michael Holland I love the look of that frantic leader who is lost in the world of overbooked meetings, a flooded inbox with hundreds of emails, and employees frustratingly lined up at the boss' door to ask questions.  It's that scene in a movie where you don't want to watch the dramatic climax but [...]

By | February 22nd, 2017|Productivity|0 Comments

The Tension of Empowerment and Why You Should Love it as a Leader

By Michael Holland When a leader holds onto a project or work that could be delegated, is he being selfless or selfish? Is he supporting and protecting his employees or is he limiting their growth potential? Is he making sure things are done right or is he limiting the opportunities for innovation in work product and/or [...]

By | October 26th, 2016|Productivity|0 Comments

Why Leaders Waste Time and Work Longer Hours Than Needed

By Michael Holland      There’s the young leader slowly walking in the door to work at 7:50 am.  His face reveals the agony he feels on this Friday morning as he’s worked so many hours this week just trying to get ahead of the workflow for his team and himself.  He’s in for a [...]

By | July 7th, 2016|Productivity|0 Comments

4 Examples of Leaders Trying to Solve the Wrong Problem

By Michael Holland Last year I got caught up in trying to get in better shape to lose weight.   I focused my energy on the goal of losing weight which, unfortunately, was the wrong problem to solve.  To be successful, I needed to look at habits that could enable me to live a healthier life.  [...]

By | January 20th, 2016|Productivity|0 Comments

Why “Tension” is Your Leadership Word for 2016

By Michael Holland I'm so tired of hearing people talking about balancing their workloads, balancing their lives between home and work, balancing commitment to goals, balancing the needs of employees with the needs of the business. The reality is there is not a balance or equilibrium.  We have been trained to think this false belief [...]

By | January 6th, 2016|Productivity|0 Comments

The Difference Between Getting Things Done and Being an Effective Leader

By Michael Holland A seasoned Senior Vice President appears to have it all together.  He glides through the office with ease, almost strutting with an aura of success and accomplishment.  He drives projects to conclusion, he musters employees and whole departments to give more and more work effort.  He leaves late in the evening, piloting [...]

By | September 24th, 2015|Productivity|0 Comments

We’ve got to Stop Meeting Like This!

By Robin Perry You’re planning a training or off-site with your team. Everyone is excited to get out of the office and spend a couple of days together. You’ve gotten the budget approved – no easy feat - so you want to be certain to get the most from the time together. You plan the [...]

By | September 22nd, 2015|Productivity|0 Comments