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5 Leadership Tasks You Can Do in 30 Minutes or Less

5 Leadership Tasks You Can Do in 30 Minutes or Less

Leadership takes discipline…the discipline to think outside yourself and do things that lift up, encourage, empower, or benefit those on your team.

Everyday you have small chunks of time that might otherwise seem unproductive. They are not large enough to tackle major leadership tasks on your todo list, but they can still be utilized to encourage and empower your organization.

10 Productivity Tips That Will Save You Time This Week and in the Future

10 Productivity Tips That Will Save You Time This Week and in the Future

More than tools, or tips, or tricks, productivity is a discipline. A discipline of establishing a trusted system for getting things done and actually using it.

And like any discipline, you need constant reinforcement. You need to remind yourself of the key elements that make it work as well as exposure to new ideas that might help your productivity continue to move forward.

Here are ten productivity tips that you should review and add to regularly. Pull this list out monthly and review it. You need to remind yourself of the first three items so you don’t develop bad habits. And the remaining seven are never one-and-done, but rather items that grow, change, and build over time.

6 Leadership Lessons from Software Development

6 Leadership Lessons from Software Development

If you have a smartphone, which statistics suggest that most of you do, then you are very familiar with messages letting you know that “an update is available” for the phone itself or one of the dozens of apps that likely live on your phone. It seems like there is an update for something on my phone nearly everyday.

If you are a little on the obsessive-compulsive side it can drive you nuts. Five minutes after you finally get the number in the red circle on your iPhone to disappear, it’s back.

As users of smartphones and tablets, we have become much more aware of the constant tweaking, updating, and bug-fixing that goes into software development.

But have you ever thought about what software development can teach us about leadership development? Here are six lessons that I have learned.

Stop Using “Manager” as a Dirty Word!

Stop Using “Manager” as a Dirty Word!

If you read articles and books about leadership I can guarantee you’ve seen it. Perhaps you’ve even done it.

I am talking about using the term “manager” as a dirty word.

I get it. When talking about leadership, it is helpful to contrast good qualities to strive for with bad qualities using personas (good cop, bad cop). But please stop portraying the good as “leader” and the bad as “manager.” Pick another term to represent the bad!

Here are a few reasons why.