All posts filed under: Time Management

Three Reasons Why You Should Be A Caretaker of Others Careers

I remember many years ago talking to an employee who left our company. He hadn’t had a great experience with a previous manager. It just so happened in the new company he had gone to, which he was really enjoying, they were expanding, adding a new team and looking for a new manager. He was thriving in this new company and role and had found a great fit. His VP came over to talk to him about the manager vacancy to get his opinion. He had an application for the job from someone he was connected to on linked in. You guessed it, his old boss! He was professional about his thoughts on his attributes but had to let him know it was one of the reasons he had left his previous role. That was enough for the VP, not interested. As many senior leaders and mentors have shared with me, career progression is messy and you never know when people earlier in your career or junior to you will have an impact on your …

It’s the Courage to Continue That Counts

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill   As we turn the corner of a new year at Salesforce, many are upon a momentous finish. Whether you achieved every goal set or it was a year of highs and lows, every experience is valuable in setting up the next breakthrough.   How can you personally finish with no regrets? Colin

3 Reasons To Go Slow

“I’d rather you go really slow and do it right than do more and less quality.” – James The advice of my trainer this morning as I worked on new compound kettlebell movements.  We have been working on mobility work in the hip joints to warm up and strength movements through the rest of the workout. He puts some great how-to videos together here on Instagram. We created an intention for each set and type of exercise.  Three exercises by 5 reps, 6 reps, 7 sets 8 reps. Slow – Kettlebell down to the floor for deadlifts  Explosive – Kettlebell up with two hands on mini clean and jerk raises  Deep – Down to the ground on Goblet Squats  “I’d rather you start with fewer reps, really get the form nailed, then move up in complexity and weight.”  Sage advice for the gym, yoga, spinning, running, hobby and for each part of what makes up your professional role. In selling this applies directly to the discovery motion when talking to a customer.  What is that motion you need …

The Power of the Introvert

In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world and should be encouraged and celebrated. The Power of the Introvert For those of you who manage people or at a minimum collaborate, work and support peers who are introverts, this is a great TED Talk to watch and learn about how you can leverage the power of their creativity and the quiet revolution! Colin

5 Ways To Your Most Productive Day Ever

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.”  – Abraham Lincoln    My wife was out of town this weekend, so I had the house to myself. I really wanted to get a lot done and have a super productive weekend.   So I thought through the best way to do that.  I started with a good question.   What does success look like this weekend?   I already had some things written down that I wanted to get done. I knew in that list were a few important items.  But how important and was the list complete?   So I created I list.   Then I prioritized it!   I resisted the urge to start working!   I spent an hour on the process. Writing down all the things I wanted to get done.  I prioritized and reprioritized until it was crystal clear and noted why each one was important. I also created an aspirational column at the end of it. This gets all the ideas out of your head. …

Culture weathers the storm of change

We had our Chief Product Officer Bret Taylor join us for a fireside chat in NYC today. He was formally at Google, Board member at Twitter and the CTO at Facebook. One thing he shared today, stood out. The most important factor to weathering the storm of change is culture. He shared an example of Facebook when they needed to reorient their platform towards a mobile strategy when their primary revenue and focus was on the web application. It caused huge disruption and consternation within the company, however, the ability to leverage the bonds between people, the innovative and fast-moving culture pulled them through a very challenging time. Facebook lived in the old offices of Sun Microsystems in Menlo Park. As a symbol for employees to never forgot how quickly technology companies can become irrelevant and to innovate and move fast, he asked to leave the room signs from the old company where they were. 1990’s signs sat there to remind them they were building a new company on the ashes of one that no …

What do you do, when no one else is watching?

Digging back into the archives – I wrote this in 2009. Many people can get by in life by taking the easy route, winging or faking there way through life situations.  How much energy or effort does it take to go the easy route?.  In most cases, I would say 80%.  It takes a lot of ingenuity, creativity to mask the holes in your story.  These are good characteristics when used in the proper setting.  So why not just do the actual work?  How does it make you feel knowing you haven’t done what was asked?  How does it affect your confidence?  I find for me, I get a little nervous, I think about it all day long, I have stories in my head wondering how my boss, colleague or friend is going to react.  These “realities” are usually far worse than the actual reaction…and that is usually just disappointment. What you do when no when else is watching, is the true mark of your character.  What you probably don’t realize is that what you …

10 Questions to Get You Laser Focused for 2018!

“The power to question is the basis of all human progress.” Indira Gandhi (Third Prime Minister of India 1917-1984)   One of the things I love most about the turn of the year is the ability to look back and reflect on the accomplishments of the previous year while getting excited about all the experiences and potential of the year ahead.  I’ve been delving into the questions below for a number of years and they have helped me supercharge my goal planning process. Here is part 1 of the exercise: What did you love in 2017? What were some of your Magic Moments? What was magical and extraordinary? What did you accomplish in 2017? What are some of the things from 2017 that you want to duplicate in 2018 What did you hate in 2017? What do you not want to have happen again? What did you learn by going through these experiences? Why were they incredibly valuable? What decisions did you make in 2017 that were empowering for you? What were some of the …

How to place focus in 2018

What’s it all for? I was talking to a friend over the holidays as we recapped 2017 and looked ahead to 2018. My friend is a great entrepreneur and was running two businesses this year. Two very innovative organizations. One more developed with solid revenue and one up and coming with good long-term potential. As he headed towards the holidays, he was reminded of an old project that he tinkered with from time to time that brought him real joy. An old classic car had been passed down in the family his grandfather to his father to him. Some work had been done on it, but in the last few years, as he built his businesses, it was stored away in the garage with little progress. As he shopped his plans for his business portfolio with his peers and mentors, one thing became increasingly clear. He has been splitting his focus and energy on two good businesses and neither getting the full focus they need. In addition, will all the work he has been putting …

Two Ways To Overcome Overwhelmed in 2018

  “The goal is full sensory immersion, which does a few key things.  First, it clears my mental and emotional cache. But more important, it opens up what I can best describe as a channel of inner intelligence that I rarely, if ever, access through focused thinking. Without fail, I get some spontaneous download that leads to a clear plan of action to move ahead. For me, creativity lives in the body, not the mind.”   -Marie Forleo   I was reading this passage recently and it captured well how I think about getting into a state of flow.  It’s through moving the body. I have experimented this year with very short 20-minute workouts this year when I am absolutely crunched for time.  It could be in my own living room, hotel room while traveling, gym in my condo building, or getting outside.    Many times when I have NO time I have made the decision to do 20 minutes of SOMETHING instead of NOTHING. My days are considerably better when I do this!   That could be:   Walking on a treadmill …