New Year’s Resolutions are quite a tradition. In a piece I wrote for The Washington Post a number of years ago, I recommend setting “Goals” vs “Resolutions.” But regardless, one of the most popular of these – and I believe the hardest – is the goal to “lose weight.” Having some experience with this goal myself, here are some tips to support you in reaching the goal. Set … [Read more...] about The Hardest New Year’s Goal
You have spent a lot of time figuring out your organization’s mission and vision. How about your personal mission and vision? There are a lot of different ways to go about writing up your personal mission statement. Here are some questions to get started on clarifying your personal mission: “What do you want your personal legacy to be?” “What are you leaving … [Read more...] about Your Personal Mission & Vision
This is one of the questions that Dr. Gerald Suarez* helps us answer for ourselves in his excellent new book, Leader of One. Just before his death, Dr. Stephen Covey, provided this endorsement for Leader of One: “J. Gerald Suarez’s extraordinary experiences in the White House and on campus help frame this remarkable book by offering wise perspective and deep insight … [Read more...] about Are You Following Your Passion?
We work hard and sometimes circumstances beyond our control thwart our progress. I’m often asked “How do we keep ourselves motivated in the face of all these challenges?” I hate setbacks and external circumstances that get in my way. But I try to take “satisfaction in the cause” that I am working to advance. I wake up every day and remind myself of my mission and then take … [Read more...] about Satisfaction in The Cause
“What time management tips do you have?” I am asked this more and more often by consulting clients and our Smith School Executive MBAs. The pace of work seems to get crazier all the time and email is totally out of control. The issue is broader than “managing time” at work. As I talk with people, what they are really interested in is how to have higher levels of … [Read more...] about Save Time, Increase Energy, Focus Purpose