Imagine you called someone you didn't know and reached an answering machine with this away message: "Who are you and what do you really want? Leave a message at the beep. " How would you respond? Would you have a ready answer? "Who are you?" as in "What do you stand for most deeply?" "What do . . .
Above all else, a leader is the chief energy officer. The most fundamental job of a leader is to recruit, mobilize, inspire, focus, direct, and regularly refuel the energy of those they lead. Energy, after all, is contagious — especially so if you're a leader, by virtue of your disproportionate p. . .
What's the longest you've gone without checking email during the past month? How many times a day do you interrupt what you're doing to search Google, or update Facebook, or check stock prices, or buy something online, or skim the headlines? We all know our attention is under siege. What we under. . .
Think, for a moment, about the life you're living. You skitter from activity to activity. The consequence is that you don't do anything particularly well. You're easily distracted and have difficulty paying attention. You rarely read anything challenging, if you read much at all, which is why so . . .
When I wrote a post on this site about The Myth of Productivity recently, a number of commentators argued productivity has gone up not because employees are running scared, but rather because companies have finally laid off the slackers who were dragging productivity down. There are surely plenty. . .