Category Archives: Tips

“People Join Good Projects and Leave Bad Management,” My Techstory guest post

on April 20, 2017 in Leadership, Tips

My guest post in Techstory yesterday, “People Join Good Projects and Leave Bad Management,” began If you’re reading Techstory, you care about your work. You worked hard to get where you are—advanced degrees, challenging interviews, or other credentials. You don’t just show up and do what you’re told. You didn’t just choose any old project to work on. You chose something you care about. If you’re like most people who[…] Keep reading →

Unhelpful, inactionable “advice” people say for themselves, not for you

on April 13, 2017 in Tips

Here are some things people often say that isn’t useful or helpful, though people probably think it is when they say it. Be yourself Play with feeling Think outside the box Put yourself out there Fail Fail early Fail often You shouldn’t care so much what other people think If you find yourself saying any of these phrases, thinking you’re helping someone, you probably aren’t because they don’t tell someone[…] Keep reading →

How I Wake Up in Under One Minute Every Day

on April 1, 2017 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Freedom, Habits, Tips

Yesterday my guest post, “How I Wake Up in Under One Minute Every Day,” posted in Lidiya K‘s Let’s Reach Success blog. It begins For most of my life, certainly the past decade, I’d take twenty-plus minutes to get out of bed after my alarm, often forty minutes or more. Since November I’ve gotten out of bed in under sixty seconds, without fail, each day, at 6:15am. When a mutual[…] Keep reading →

Stop Aspiring To Lead And Start Leading By Giving Support: My second guest post in Tanveer Naseer’s blog

on March 22, 2017 in Leadership, Tips

Tanveer Naseer is the recipient of several awards and recognitions as one of the top thinkers/writers in the leadership sphere, including being recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the Top 100 Leadership and Management Experts, earning a #3 ranking on HR Examiner’s Top 25 Online Influencers in Leadership, and being consistent ranked on numerous lists as one of Top 15 Leadership Bloggers in the world. We had great conversations preparing[…] Keep reading →

The shockingly valuable life lessons of vigorous exercise

on March 9, 2017 in Awareness, Exercises, Fitness, Habits, Tips

With five Ivy League degrees, especially the PhD in astrophysics, experience teaching at Ivy League and other elite schools, and a father who was a tenured professor in history, I think I’m qualified to know the value of intellectual knowledge. The more I learn through physical experience, the more valuable I find it. The intellectual world, especially schools and universities, value the intellect so much, I don’t think they realize[…] Keep reading →

The heart of my leadership technique in a 46 second video!

on February 24, 2017 in Inc.com, Leadership, Tips

On top of my column with Inc., I did a series of videos in their Inc. Video: The Playbook series. Other speakers in the series include Tim Ferriss and Tony Robbins. Yesterday we posted a video of me: How to Get Your Employees to Work With Passion subtitled Joshua Spodek, author of Leadership Step By Step, explains the importance of making members of your team comfortable sharing their motivations with[…] Keep reading →

Is leading with empathy and compassion soft? Will you get taken advantage of?

on February 11, 2017 in Leadership, Relationships, Tips

A reader wrote with some questions common enough from other readers to share. His second message is the common one. The first sets the context of dealing with a difficult person. Here’s the first message: I’d like to know how to deal with the type who is indifferent to the possible adverse repercussions for his actions (or lack thereof) and may actually want to deliberately trigger you to intervene and[…] Keep reading →