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The Power of Checklists | One Simple Tool to Overcome Brain Freeze

Checklists? You mean those lists I prepare each day that don’t do anything to help my productivity?

No, it’s not that kind of checklist I’m talking about.


Are those the Checklists you mean?

Or … do you mean those checklists airline pilots use to keep me from getting killed?

Now, those I like. I like the ones that keep doctors from getting me killed, too.

Checklists are invaluable

In the Value of Checklists, I discussed The Checklist Manifesto, a book by Atul Gwande inspired by issues found in operating rooms, but expanded to the many areas where simple checklists enhance productivity and eliminate errors and oversights.

Checklists are powerful. Don’t miss 4 ways to make yours work without fail


7 Ways to Differentiate between a Lightning Bolt and a Bright Idea

Charles Dickens’ famous opening sentence continues …

it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity.”

More than 150 years later, our business world is possessed of similar contradictions.


It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” ~ Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

Sometimes the light you see at the end of the tunnel is sunshine; sometimes it’s another train coming.

In the distance – and in the dark – it’s very hard to discern the difference. Yet, missing that call has very fateful consequences.

Is This the Time to Take Risks?

In the midst of an endless flood of information and ideas rushing our way, how do we differentiate between a bright idea and a lightning bolt?

  • Is this the time to take additional risks?

  • Should we only survive – or try to thrive?

  • Are some risks more palatable than others?

  • How do we tell the difference?

Don’t miss the 7 Ways to Differentiate between a Lightning Bolt and a Bright Idea


The 4 Do-or-Die Principles of a Leakproof Productivity System

When you look at this image, do you see your Personal Productivity system at work?

You can fix this leaky bucket. It’s not that hard if you faithfully and relentlessly apply these basic principles.


Over the last several years working with Bay Area CEOs and with members of the Exkalibur Leadership Forum, I’ve learned that personal productivity improvements are one of the most important ways in which every CEO and business executive can Become a More Effective Leader.


Two Major Reasons … but many more.

First, it allows you to devote more time to the things only you can uniquely do … whether as a business leader, CEO, mother/father or spouse.

That’s why they’re paying you the big bucks – to do the things only you can uniquely do. If you don’t what only you can do, why do they need you?

Keep reading for the 4 Do-or-Die Principles of a Leakproof Productivity system


Does Mom think you should be a snitch?


For most of our life, we’ve heard, “Don’t be a snitch”. In most of the movies we’ve seen, the “snitchers’ don’t fare so well when their comrades discover their double-dealing.Does this same approach work in organizations? Some of you may be familiar with the famed but controversial West Point Cadet Honor Code: “A cadet will…

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The First Rule of a Mistake? Not So Obvious To Most.


Everyone makes mistakes. That much we know for a fact, don’t we?So, why do so many persist in their insistence that they did no wrong? Why are we are so unwilling to admit our mistakes? Despite the lessons that cover the waterfront — from Watergate to the Catholic Church — the cover-up is always worse…

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September 11th – 14 Years Later


It’s not a coincidence that One World Trade Center is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere at 1776 feet.I trust you see the connection. A Day that Will Live in Infamy Today is the 14th occasion of what I consider the second occurrence of a “day that will live in infamy”, borrowing the phrase…

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5 Signs You’re Ignoring the Tough Decisions | The “UN” Factor


One of the most pervasive challenges that arises in my coaching sessions with CEOs and other business executives is the struggle to make the tough decisions.It’s a deadly disease that cripples personal productivity. It’s usually a decision that’s already been resolved — silently, often deep in the psyche — but we don’t announce it, we…

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Leadership is Less About Intellect and More About YOU.

Monday quote einstein 1 for blog


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