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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 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 →


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 →

Defining Success

I first got the idea of clearly defining success from Tony Robbins. It changes so much. The best part about defining your own success is that since it is YOUR definition you can define it anyway you like. If you… Continue Reading →

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