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Don’t Honor My Time by Talking About It

One phrase I want to drop from my vocabulary is the trite and over-used term often thrown around at the beginning of meetings by a host or facilitator who says they “want to honor everyone’s time.” One big way to… Continue Reading →

More Timer Power

I heard a great interview with Jim Woods over on the Rap With Nic podcast several weeks ago. In addition to some great productivity ideas I was reminded of the power of the timer. I use them from time to,… Continue Reading →

What’s the Different Between a Program or Project?

A common quesiton I’m often asked is “What’s the difference between a program and a project?” or “What’s the difference between a program manager and a project manager?” And although nobody has ever asked the question here on this blog… Continue Reading →

My Best Podcast Listening Tips

I didn’t really get the value of podcasts until I started exercising more and changing my associations with tedious work (one of those Tony Robbins techniques that make a lot of sense).  Working out can be pretty boring.  It feels… Continue Reading →

Morning Questions

In the post about my Evening Routine I shared the questions I ask myself as I wrap up the day and do some quick journaling. Along the way the evening questions inspired the idea of questions for my Morning Routine… Continue Reading →

Prototyping is Not Wasting Time

I hate wasting time and I often have the unrealistic expectation that processes should be efficient. It’s easy to think that prototyping is a waste of time and inefficient, but it’s not. Here’s an interesting quote of a quote from… Continue Reading →

Simple Time Tracking Matrix

I’ve always loved the elegance and simplicity of this time tracking matrix. Ten or more years ago I discovered it in what looked like a dry book on time management. I have no idea what the name of the book… Continue Reading →

Morning Routine

Thanks to The Morning Miracle I’ve landed in some pretty good routines for the past couple of months. Don’t get me wrong, every day is not a magical carpet ride, and that’s okay. In a given week, one or two… Continue Reading →

Tighter Writing

Is it just me or does the use of the word can make sentences weaker? The longer I edit blog posts for OpenShift.com and the more I read about tight writing and good content the more I see patterns of… Continue Reading →

Evening Routine

Yesterday I shared that my daily routine that begins with The Morning Miracle. Today I wanted to go into more depth about my evening routine. It’s not as well established as my morning routine and subject to more unpredictability and… Continue Reading →

How I Execute My Mission

In a previous post I talked about my mission (the WHY). This post talks about HOW I live out my mission. The WHAT of my mission would the out come of doing the different HOWs.  Are you with me? Chris… Continue Reading →

Trust

In this particular chapter in Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek, he talks about trust and how trust forms a critical foundation for innovation and success. None of this is surprising to… Continue Reading →

Knowing When It’s Time to Move

I saw an an interesting article over on LinkedIn by Dr. Marla Gottschalk titled 7 Very Telling Signs Your Job is a Poor Fit. The seven signs are: You feel lost Your strengths aren’t being tapped Challenge is absent You… Continue Reading →

Are You Inspired or Swayed?

Here’s a great section from Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Action by Simon Sinek. Great leaders, in contrast, are able to inspire people to act. Those who are able to inspire give people a sense of… Continue Reading →

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