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Finding the Right Solutions by Asking the Right Questions

“It’s not that they can’t see the solution. They can’t see the problem.” – G.K Chesterton, Writer and philosopher We need to ask the right questions to get the right answers. If you think you have the problem figured out and are convinced that you do, think again. Whether it’s a technical, relationship, or philosophical problem, asking better questions is a key to successful problem solving and to winning any battle. Actress and political activist Vanessa Redgrave was quoted saying, “Ask the right questions if you’re going to find the right answers.” Now, how does one learn to ask better questions? Key 1: Do Not Limit. We so often say to ourselves things like: Why can’t I afford it? Why can’t I ever lose weight? […]

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How to Keep Long-term Focus When You’re Putting Out Fires

Life moves forward, whether you’re on board with the direction or not. If you’re like me, your 20’s was predicated by a lot of fun, a lot of procrastinated growing up and living paycheck to paycheck. When I was 28, I opted for the “lighting round” and met and married my wife within 6 months (which was all well and good), but then had a kid on the way 6 months after that. And let’s not forget I was also starting a business. If you focus solely on the present, your future will suck, hard. And when you’re a parent, it starts to weigh on you that you’ll be the asshole that sent future generations ghost-riding off a proverbial cliff. But, if you focus only […]

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15 Steps to Mindfullness And A Better Work Day

Mindfulness and Focus are hot topics right now among the Leadership and Management communities. I get questions now and again from clients and colleagues who recognize the value but don’t know where to begin. I understand. The word “mindfulness” can conjure up all kinds of images, usually involving people in business attire sitting cross-legged on boardroom tables. Nothing could be further from the truth, of course, but crossing that chasm from myth to fact can be a bit much to overcome in one giant leap. Luckily, there are some small, deceptively simple steps you can make toward becoming more mindful at work that don’t involve a yoga mat or the skills of a professional contortionist. Here are 15 things you can do starting tomorrow to […]

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Three Reasons I Hate My Facebook ‘Friends’

I hate Facebook – that seems like the best way to start a discussion about my friends. Oh, I use it of course, otherwise how would I know I hate it; but I use it begrudgingly. I resisted it for a very long time, I’ve only been active since about August last year, and there are days that I seriously regret ever succumbing to the pressure. There are a number of reasons that I don’t like the interface, how they capture data, how they manipulate us, or how they are changing their promotional functions and views – but this post isn’t about that. This post is about Facebook ‘friends’; and the loss of common manners when it comes to sharing content on social media. I […]

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5 Apps to “Gamify” Your Habits and Turn Boring Tasks Into Exciting Ones

Work. Is. Boring. Am I right? Just the thought of of sitting down… opening a text page… getting your work notes out… and doing the work… Bleh, not fun at all. And not just at work either; Is doing laundry fun? Or the dishes? Or vacuuming? Nope, no way. Is there a way to make those boring activities a little more… interesting? Is it possible to find a way to be more motivated to do these things? There sure is, and it’s actually pretty fun to do. You find work boring Yeah, we all do sometimes. Even if we love our work, it can get old real quick when we do it day in and day out. You don’t know how to make work interesting […]

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These 5 Every Day Distractions Will Suck Your Life Away if You Let Them

We live in a world where almost everyone is in a rush – whether it’s getting to a meeting venue on time, submitting work notes on schedule, beating traffic so as not be late to work or school – these are just some of the common scenarios that mirror how hectic our schedule have become. With so many things to do in 24-hours, we seldom get the chance of getting everything done. When did things get so complicated??? Sometimes you have to sit back and ask yourself honestly: When was the last time you felt good because you were able to clear out your to do list? Can’t remember? That’s not surprising at all. Now, if we’ve been spending hours rushing to get from one […]

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5 Ways To Start Being Productive Today

Being productive is hard. We have access to thousands of distractions thanks to the internet, and then there’s the stuff we have around us; kids, dogs, people mowing their lawns, the neighbors loud music… It’s an endless sea of distractions. But there are tips that can help alleviate these problems, and they’re actually pretty easy to use. You’re forcing productivity Here’s the thing with productivity, it’s not something that you can just bulldog your way through. Well… you could do that, but you’d be burned out in no time doing so. And that’s the problem, you’re trying to force productivity when it just doesn’t work. You don’t know effective productivity tips If you’re the kind of person who forces productivity (unsuccessfully), then I’m betting you’re […]

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Why Giving Up Can Be the Best Time Management and Productivity Technique

  When we think of productivity we often look at it as the accomplishment of a set list of tasks. However, from time to time we find that our time management skills and productivity start to suffer when we try to take on a particularly taxing task. It is in situations like this that we feel like we are at an impasse. When this happens it may be surprising to hear that the best course of action, counter intuitive as it may sound, is to simply give up the task. Here are some reasons why giving up can be the best decision that you make for your time management and productivity. It may be strange to think of giving up as a potential positive step […]

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What’s In Your Web?

Think all spiders are basically slackers just waiting around for home food delivery? Stop and look closer. Sure, some of them may not have any ‘gusto’, but the more industrious ones are driven to succeed. You’ll find not just one web but two, three or even four of them ready for the catch of the day. One might be larger (for the big hauls) and the others will be smaller (hey, snacks can be a meal!), but they are set up and ready. Pretty smart thinking on the spider’s part. Different size webs, kept within a defined area that was manageable. Think about it. You wouldn’t find a crab or lobster fisherman just setting out one trap, would you? Now, think about your own webs…your […]

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The Dark Side of Perfectionism

Growing up, we all want to be accepted. For some of us, we work hard at a project, making it perfect in our minds, and when we receive praise for it, we associate acceptance with perfectionism. From that point on, we strive to be perfect in all that we do and in all that we are. But perfectionism isn’t a good thing – in fact it’s detrimental. Here are the many downsides to perfectionism: Perfection is Subjective Everyone’s definition of perfection is different. For this reason, trying to be perfect in everything you do is futile. Take for example a project at work. You work hard at making it perfect. But it’s only perfect to you. You have someone else review the work you did […]

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