For more tips and strategies on taking your big ideas and turning them into actionable, doable projects, pick up a copy of Charlie’s book Start Finishing, winner of the 2020 Productivity Book of the Year. Available on Amazon and other favorite booksellers. Editor’s note: This is a guest post … [Read more...] about How to Know If You Have a Successful Business or Expensive Hobby
Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Lisa Robbin Young. My oldest child spent more than two years living in an outdoor wilderness camp for boys with emotional problems. The one mantra drilled into us, parents and campers alike, was the one thing the boys did every day... “Plan. Do. … [Read more...] about How Can You Improve Your Annual Planning?
Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Chris Ronzio. How far away are you from owning a company that runs itself? For many entrepreneurs stuck in the day-to-day grind, the goal of focusing strictly on running your business seems impossible to attain. Owning a business comes with an endless list … [Read more...] about How to Focus on Running Your Business (in 5 Easy Steps)
Editor's note: This is a guest post by Kerra Bolton. Everything is political these days – even football and pizza. President Donald Trump ignited months of controversy in September when he criticized NFL players who kneeled during the national anthem to protest the deaths of unarmed black men … [Read more...] about How to Be a Brand Activist Even When You Hate Politics
Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Patricia Bravo. When I tell people that I do work around empathetic leadership, helping leaders strengthen how they use empathy as a tool for team member engagement, I typically receive one of three types of responses. I describe them as the advocate, the … [Read more...] about How to Explore and When to Embrace Empathetic Leadership
Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Jenn Labin. My life is chaotic. I seem to recall a time when I could manage my professional life during business hours and my personal life was pretty much contained in the evening hours and weekends. I had free time. I didn’t go to bed bone-weary and … [Read more...] about How to Create Your Own Family Scrum (and Why You Need It)
A student in our recent Momentum Sprint program, Ally, found out through her Sprint that the audience that has been the foundation of her business isn't going to be viable. The conventional wisdom in entrepreneurship spaces is that she should be really upset and that we should be concerned about her … [Read more...] about What If Finding Your Path Means Embracing a New Destination?
I was speaking to the outgoing board chair of a non-profit recently because I'm considering joining the board, and after thirty minutes or so of conversation, she mentioned that she was sad to be leaving the board. From all appearances, she's been a great board chair, is still very much into the … [Read more...] about Do Your Organization's Rules Advance Its Vision and Mission?
How do you learn to see what you don't see? How do you learn to look for what you don't know to look for? While those questions sound like something you'd hear in a Philosophy 101 course, in reality, they capture one of the toughest challenges leaders and their teams face. Many leaders’ teams … [Read more...] about Are You Articulating Your Intuitive Synthesis to Your Team?
Leaders too often think taking time to examine a team’s performance, whether that’s correcting what’s wrong or amplifying what’s good, is boring or isn’t necessary for getting today's priorities done. That sort of scrutiny also often requires some tough conversations between the leader and their … [Read more...] about Why You Can’t Put Performance Management on the Back Burner
I have been working with two clients lately who have been struggling with very similar issues. They are issues that I have been challenged with myself and are not unique to them or me, as I’ve heard of similar struggles from other clients, colleagues, and friends. Both of these clients are at an … [Read more...] about Take Care of Yourself to Take Care of Your Business
I was talking to a mastermind buddy who was working through whether to pursue a sponsorship strategy. His concern was that he wasn’t sure whether it was a long-term play or a short-term play. Here’s the deal: Books are probably the only long-term play we have in a media-based business, but books … [Read more...] about Choosing Your Strategy in a Media-Centric Business
This week, TeamPF and I are on a retreat at the Oregon coast. I’ve made it a point to get us all here because one of the biggest oversights virtual team leaders make is not bringing their teams together at some point, if ever. For some setup, we’ve built our team to be a remote-first team, even … [Read more...] about 5 Benefits of Connecting with Your Remote Team in Person
While there’s much that could be said about last night’s Presidential Debate, the thread that’s most pulling at me today is about Donald Trump’s dismissal of Hillary Clinton’s points regarding how he’s treated people who have worked for him and haven’t gotten paid. Setting the truth of the points … [Read more...] about Why Business Is Never Just Business
A big focus for our team this month is going through our processes and systems to make sure they’re working for us rather than against us. Much to my team’s chagrin sometimes, I’m always monitoring and tweaking things, but I’ve elevated it to a quarterly objective. Why the project elevation? I’m … [Read more...] about You’re Always Changing and So Should Your Systems
I’m just coming back from CampGLP, where I gave a couple of Start Finishing workshops. The key point of my workshops is to give people the tools and mindset they need to start finishing the projects that matter to them. In case you’re curious, yes, that’s the subject of the book I’m currently … [Read more...] about Beware the Siren Call of the Easier New Project
WDS — a yearly gathering of remarkable people committed to community, adventure, and service — kicks off this week here in Portland, Oregon and I’m excited to present an Academy and to hang out with friends, colleagues, and readers from around the world. Since the event’s inauguration, I’ve … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Enhance Your Conference Experience
When you take everything you want to do and start putting that in the quarters and months you actually have available — aka strategic roadmapping — know that the first draft is usually going to be too ambitious. It looks good on the first pass, but when you take a step back and ask, "Can I actually … [Read more...] about Is Your Strategic Roadmap Too Ambitious?