You’re the BOSS of you – if you want to be

I love it when a client takes control of their career instead of letting it drag them around. But it’s painful and frustrating when I see another client struggling to take initiative, to do the research, to actively own the process of becoming better at what he does. I suspect our educational system and overall cultural approach to raising children …

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Work-life balance tips for managers

Are you having a hard time fitting LIFE into your WORK schedule now that you’re a manager? Are your family and friends complaining that they never see you, because you’re so caught up trying to figure out how to lead, how to manage, how to show that you deserved that promotion? You’re in the right place. I’ve got three quick …

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Who values your time?

Time. It really is the one thing we can never get back. But we’re not always as careful with it as we might be. You could be the most organized person on the planet … but if other people nibble away at your time, you can end up rushed and frustrated and out of time for what matters to you. Let’s …

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Ever considered thinking … smaller?

Everyone implores you to THINK BIG. Go big or go home. Be audacious. Don’t settle. Be all you can be (if not more). Set BHAGs (big, hairy, audacious goals). Shoot for the moon – or is it the stars? It’s exhausting. And often demoralizing. Because let’s face it, when we set those BHAGs, we’re likely to miss the mark at …

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What HAVE you done?

No, seriously. What have you done? Usually at the end of the year, we look at what we want to do in the next year. Go ahead. Feel free. But first, consider what you’ve done THIS year. I’ll guarantee it’s more than you think. Because we’re all very quick to put completed projects and successful endeavors behind us and hurry on …

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The dangers of over-delivering

“Under-promise and over-deliver.” It’s a common principle, especially in consulting and other service businesses. But – as we discussed in last week’s Empowered Leadership group meeting – sometimes over-delivering isn’t such a great idea. As a prime example, I recently had a conversation with a woman who routinely got middle-of-the-night phone calls because she had become the go-to person for …

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Got control?

This isn’t an article about the perils of being a control freak. Quite the opposite, actually. It’s an article in which I beg you to take control. Take control of your career. Please. Don’t let your career wander around according to the whims of your managers, your employers, and perhaps your family. Let’s start here. Got a plan? Actually, let’s not start here. …

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Did you ASK?

When was the last time you asked for something you really wanted? Not something you kinda-sorta wanted. Not your kid to take out the trash, or your partner to empty the dishwasher. Not your co-worker to pick up a pumpkin-spice latte for you on their way in to the office. Something you REALLY wanted. That can be hard and it can …

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Where are you going?

Is what you’re doing aligned with what you want? REALLY aligned? Of course, first you must know what you want. REALLY know, in detail. This isn’t about woo or the Law of Attraction. It’s about the clarity you need in order to know – REALLY know – if what you’re doing is, in fact, aligned with where you want to …

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Where’s your power?

Power. It’s a tricksy concept, isn’t it? Kind of uncomfortable for a lot of people. As a leader, you have power. You might be a new manager with just one person reporting to you. You have power. Actually, you have power even if no one reports to you. We all have power. It’s how we use it that matters. Or …

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