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Why Transformation is Not a Destination

In Part 1 of this series on growth leadership I introduced the story of Gina Amaro Rudan, who went temporarily blind after routine eye surgery. What she learned from that experience proved the topic of her powerful speech at the inaugural Goldsmith Thompson Growth...

One Key to Lasting Success? Become a Growth Leader.

Gina Amaru Rudan never could have predicted what would happen to her career when she went in for what should have been routine eye surgery. First, a rare condition of temporary blindness left her in deep despair. Then, her despair turned to insight. Rudan says, “That...

The Values Exercise that Can Transform Your Year

Last year, I read some darn good books. Of the 135+ books I plowed through, one of my favorites was Brene Brown's Dare to Lead: Brave Work, Tough Conversations, Whole Hearts. Business books can be boring. (I write them, I know.) This one was definitely not boring....

One Tool to Design Your Life

Since one of my books is about designing you day, you would think I know how to do it. To some degree, you would be correct. Yesterday for example, I managed to do the following things by design: Have a relatively productive work day Meditate Journal Do my expressive...

Planning for 2019? This free 5-minute life assessment can help.

The other day, as I walked to an annual medical check-up appointment, I had the deeply alarming thought that I was ACTUALLY looking forward to it. The reason? Because I wanted to talk. About ME. If this is not a rousing endorsement for the power of therapy, best...

How to Work from Home? Do this.

If you've ever wondered about how to work from home and make a career of doing fulfilling stuff in the yoga pants you were born on, read on my friends. Work from home, booyah! As I type this, I'm about to take a totally random 10-day vacation. On this vacation I plan...

Why We Love to Carry Around Old Crap We Don’t Need

I relaunched my popular productivity summit this week (get your free ticket here). As a result, thinking like the productive person I try to be has been top of mind. As I see it, though, productivity is a load of hogwash if it doesn't work for REAL people. Today, as I...

The Most Productive Thing I Did All Week

The most productive thing I did all week involved paying someone to plant a garden for me. (Cringe.) Now, there were other things I did this week that could be seen as potentially productive. I wrote 5,000 words on my book manuscript. I relaunched the online...

What I Learned from Meditating for 200 Days

Productivity shouldn't be so hard. Join 20,000 attendees and 50+ world-class experts in our FREE online productivity conference and learn to finally make productivity work for you. Get your FREE ticket here.  It’s been a few months since I completed my 200-day streak...

My Favorite Reading Life Hack of 2018

Today I'm about to share with you one of my all-time favorite life hacks of 2018, and it's all about The Next Big Idea Club. Here's the deal: Smart people like you like reading good books. Smart people like you are typically quite busy. Thus, smart people often have a...

Is Writer’s Block Real?

Back when I was in college, my professor told me writer’s block is not real. Since then I’ve grappled with that statement -- how is writer’s block NOT FREAKIN’ REAL when on numerous (read: approximately one million) occasions I’ve been stuck at my computer or...

Bullet Journaling

As I am always on a never-ending hunt for optimizing productivity, I’ve been a big fan of the bullet journaling craze that has taken the interwebs by storm. (See Bullet Journaling: The Analog System for the Digital Age) and approximately one million other articles for...

How To Get Unstuck

Getting stuck, whether it be in my writing or my work, is an area I’d like to explore a bit more. Meaning, what are the ways that I get unstuck. It’s easy to get paralyzed -- but here’s a thought: Stressing out about being stuck does not get you any closer to being...

Embracing Silence

There’s something important I’ve been working on lately, and it’s not reading more or working more or getting more INPUT in this one life I live. It’s granting myself space and time to be alone. I don’t mean becoming reclusive, necessarily. I mean alone with myself...

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