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Accountability is about making sure that others are productive, and holding them accountable for doing their part to meet their objectives to make your organization successful.

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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


Why You Should Implement the 2 Minute Rule … and When You Shouldn’t

Many of us follow an informal rule about doing something now if it takes just a few minutes.

It’s a useful rule of thumb, but what if you can’t get it done in 2 minutes? What then?

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Here’s the short version. If you can get it done in 2 minutes, don’t add it to your task list.

Let me explain … and elaborate on why you should also do the opposite.

Try This Experiment

How long is 2 Minutes?

It’s about what it takes for a race car to get around the 2.5 mile Indy 500 track … 4 times. If that seems like a lot, then you’re on your way to understanding that 2 minutes may seem short, but it’s a lot longer than you think.

Try this simple experiment.

Stop doing anything.
Set a timer for 2 minutes.
How long does that feel?

Feel like you could get something done in that period of time?

Learn why you also need to do the opposite of the 2 Minute Rule


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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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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How Close is Your Business to a Colossal Screwup?


Have you established a written Code of Conduct in your organization?Our prescriptions for acceptable behavior are too vague. Get started now to spell it out more clearly to avoid that potentially colossal screwup. Have you heard this phrase before? “Conduct unbecoming” You may have heard this phrase before, perhaps from the clenched teeth of a…

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Fun Friday | Why don’t people return phone calls?

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It’s remarkable that so few people return their phone calls on a timely basis. Why is that?Are we just lazy? Too busy? Did I mention lazy? Don’t give a rip? “If it’s important, they’ll call back?”   Are you eyeballin’ me? Of course not … not you. You return all your calls. Right? Wanna think…

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The 7 Key Attributes of Successful New Leaders

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Consider these 7 Key Attributes of Successful New Leaders to give yourself a running start.Existing leaders will also benefit from reading along and making course corrections where necessary. A number of my clients and colleagues have recently ascended to greater positions of leadership at the top ranks of their companies. There’s suddenly even more to…

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The 8 Most Powerful Letters in Your Productivity Toolkit | Video

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Just when I thought we had covered the waterfront with respect to accountability, I’m reminded of the linchpin of true accountability – the very simple concept of FOLLOW UP.During my conversations with CEOs, I’m repeatedly reminded of how remarkably little attention is paid to this simple concept. Why do we ignore follow up? It seems…

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