Be the Leader Who Gets It Done!

We are more than halfway through January and I’m curious . . . where are you with dedicating time to your Q1 goals? Have you been majoring in the minors (doing all the little check-‘em-off-the-to-do-list tasks) and running out of time to work on your important strategic objectives? I get it - it can be really satisfying to check off 6 tasks in 20 [...]

2020-01-24T09:37:17-05:00By |Productivity|0 Comments

How to Identify the REAL Problem

One of the underlying philosophies I use when I work with leaders and teams is "if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” It is important to dig into whatever the underlying cause is of the challenge and only “fix” that part that isn’t working, rather than trying to fix everything. For example, recently one of the organizations I’ve been working with thought they had a problem [...]

Stubborn or Tenacious?

Stubborn or tenacious... both flip sides of the same coin. And both characteristics that have served me well . . . and not well . . . in the last week! 😊 Let me set the stage. I had 2 days cleared on my calendar for a class that I’m taking out of town. This class meets once a month for a year and [...]

2019-11-20T09:31:29-05:00By |Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Connection Between Leadership and Productivity

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to lead a breakout on 8 Dimensions of Leadership at the Dynamic Women Succeed event. Before my presentation started, one of the participants said, “Aren’t you the time management lady? Did you change your business?” So - good news - she knew the main focus of my business is to help leaders and teams be more [...]

When Your Day Goes Off the Rails

I was reading the book Deep Work by Cal Newport and was intrigued by one of his calendar scheduling tips. First, a quick synopsis of Cal’s book: He believes that most people have lost the ability to go deep, spending their days instead in a frantic blur of e-mail and social media. They often don't even realize there's a better way! To make strides [...]

What Happens When You Meet Your Idol?

A year ago I read the book Clockwork by Mike Michalowicz. It changed my business. It changed how I worked with clients. It changed how I run my business. And then one of our NAWBO Cleveland board members reached out to Mike Michalowicz to see if he would be a speaker for our group. AND HE SAID YES! OK - obviously I’m a fan, [...]

2019-10-09T14:29:21-04:00By |Awesome People|0 Comments

The Fastest Way to Land in Productivity Jail

23 minutes and 15 seconds. According to a study at the University of California-Irvine, it takes 23 minutes and 15 seconds to regain your flow once you are interrupted and distracted. Co-worker stops by to say “hi” . . . 23 minutes and 15 seconds GONE! Email pops into your inbox and you choose to answer it while working on a project [...]

2019-11-11T09:51:05-05:00By |Productivity|0 Comments

Help! I Just Need Time to Think!

“I know that the most important thing I can do in my position is to think. Yet I find that even though I set aside time in my calendar every week to plan, reflect, review, and think about big-picture projects, I seldom actually keep that appointment with myself. There just always seems to be something more urgent. Ideas?” Whether you are a business owner, [...]

2019-11-11T10:22:23-05:00By |Uncategorized|0 Comments

“Delegating Sucks the Energy Right Out of Me!”

A fantastic woman left this message in one of my Facebook groups: "Something occurred to me about my delegation habits... I delegate, but I still OWN the task, like I'm the one checking up, and it takes so much energy. Almost more than just doing the task myself. Anyone else experience this?" First, this is NOT unusual! Especially for high performing individuals. You KNOW in [...]

57% of Business Owners Work More Than 6 Days a Week

I was shocked when I read the stats from a recent Gallup/Wells Fargo poll that more than half of business owners work at least 6 days a week. (And, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 25% of hourly and salaried workers take work home regularly.) Put plainly, if you think you are only working 40 hours per week, you are kidding yourself. Now, [...]

2019-07-31T09:41:23-04:00By |Uncategorized|0 Comments