All posts filed under: Time Management

Stew in Uncomfortability

A Friday throwback post from the summer of 2009. The first time I can truly say I stretched my limits is when I trained for the NYC Marathon in the fall of 2002 with one of my best friends from Edmonton. We took what traditionally is a four to six-month training window and cut it down to three so we could hit the Nov 2nd competition date. There is something about the unknown, fear of failing, that drives you. Unsure if you will be able to complete the goal and in a measure of time that lives up to your standards.  It was hard work! Six runs per week, three hour runs on Sunday afternoon, and when adding in post-recovery time (stretching, soaking, eating, nap), it turned into an all-day event that finished with an early bedtime. We had hilarious side stories and lots of learning that developed through the challenges overcome. The next challenge for me was a move from Edmonton, AB (the prairies) to Toronto, ON (the big urban city) the following year. …

I struggled to get my work out in, here is why

I remember the founder of a running store in Canada coming to our University in my second year. He was a graduate and shared his stories from his running career and how he was building this business. One thing he said about preparing for workouts really stuck. He put all his workout gear with his water bottle next to the door so it was easier to get ready to workout and gave him fewer reasons not to go. In addition, the deal he made with himself was if 10 min into a workout he wasn’t down for it, he had permission to pack it in. He focused on mentally agreeing to that first 10 min. I took that lesson forward in my life with great success. Last long weekend, I really procrastinated on getting my workout in. I reminded myself of this approach and went downstairs with a stretching and warm-up commitment for 10-20 min and a stretch goal of a bigger workout. What did I end up with? A really strong 💪 hour workout …

Three Pieces of Wisdom From Kyle Maynard That Will Make You Better

Kyle Maynard is the best selling author, entrepreneur and ESPY award-winning mixed martial artist athlete and the first quadruple amputee to climb Kilimanjaro and Aconcagua. On failure:   “The best way I can describe the feeling of overcoming failure is the Finnish word – SISU – the mental strength to continue to try even after you have reached the limits of your abilities.”   Advice for new professionals:   “Follow your bliss.  Happiness is just above status quo, bliss is your feeling of freedom standing on top of a mountain or laying back in a catamaran halfway around the world.”   On saying no:   A CEO friend of his asks his people to rate candidates for hire as 1-10 on potential and they cannot choose 7.  That lesson has helped him make better decisions on incoming projects and requests.   Excerpt from Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferris    Advice to live by.   Colin  

Three reasons to stress test the system

Eighteen months ago I sprained my ankle before a big race in Antarctica.  I healed it enough to make it through the race.  It took a bunch of rehab through 2017 and was aggravated again in Patagonia in the fall and this spring in Vancouver.   As I start my 2018 journey in less than a week…Baby girl Nanka joining the world, I am focused on long-term rehab and healing this nagging injury.   As I gingerly and proactively stretch the tendons, my trainer explained to me when you went over on it last year you applied at least 2-3 times your body weight of force.    You need to build it back up to withstand competitive stress.   Is there something in your game that needs stress testing?   Three things I am focused on:   Strengthen the tendons Stretch and stress the tendons  Rest and let the body repair Always be strengthening the foundation.   Colin   

Are you accountable?

Do what you say you will do.  I remember 7 years ago I brought my coach in to help run a values exercise for my team. Our outcome was creating our top 5 values our team was going to live by. During that conversation, we had debated whether accountability was a value. We ended up having it as a process to live up to our values. It was a healthy debate. What happens if you have not been accountable for a task or situation? Are you not reliable or accountable? We thought about it in two ways. Do you regularly do what you say you will do? When you are viewed as an accountable person you warm the waters, like a positive wave washing over all the people around you.  They feel you as trusty worthiness!  When someone consistently misses or doesn’t DWYSYWD (do what they say they will do), it feels like getting stuck in quicksand towards accomplishing your goal. When YOU miss on a task or goal – clean it up! You have a very …

Three reasons why you are failing as a leader

1. You are insincere 2. You are not reliable 3. You are not competent This is the trifecta of building trust with people you manage, serve or partner with. If anyone one of the three is deficient you will have a communication breakdown. You can be a brilliant and competent leader and push your team hard, walk the talk and get the job done – and yet if you are insincere it’s like having an oil leak in your car. You can be sincere, treat your people well, know your role and coach well and yet not match what you preach in action and not do what you say you will do…and your team is like a semi-trailer truck with a flat tire and your trailer is swinging wildly on the road. You can be kind, fun, caring, follow up tightly on team requests and administratively do what is required as a manager. If you can’t model the way in the role for your people before you ask them to do it and sweat the …

How strong are your weak ties

I recall a mentor of mine 10 years ago telling me about this new online tool called linked in. “He said this will help you build your network. Look through your inbox and outbox every weekend and meaningfully and personally connect with people you want to help and get to know better.” As David Burkus and Ryan Hawk talk about in this great podcast, spending a couple years building the foundation of your network long term will accelerate your ability to connect and leverage. If you do the work now and consistently, people down the road will come to you. Hear about how dormant ties, weak ties and creating clusters will supercharge building what you are passionate about. Colin

You are the pilot of your own life

“Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” – Steve jobs I like to sleep! I am about to get a lot less of it with baby (insert name) Nanka joining the world on or before June 8th! We could not be more excited. The average person lives 78 years! We spend 28.3 years sleeping!! That could mean over half of my life is behind me, however, I plan to live to 100! I have been waking up earlier, every year I am alive. I have too much to get done! In my role of enabling the success of other people, I constantly hear: I don’t have enough time I am overloaded I am sooooo busy I feel like I am always climbing I have lost balance in my life I have said all those things myself! I highly recommend this video by former Monk Jay Shetty as he beautifully outlines the value of time. Time is more valuable than money. Chart your own course today. Colin

Four questions that will make you trust-worthy

It takes a large extended team to get the job done at Salesforce. Period.   As a leader, your job is to bring people together. Two of the biggest things I have learned over my years as a leader is that people need to be heard and that most team break down comes from lack of communication.   If you spend more time up front addressing both, you slow down enough to understand – and drastically speed up in the long run.   We have run this exercise on my team as we welcome new team members and integrate with our extended partners.   One slide, four questions. Everyone shares. You will be shocked at what you currently don’t know about your team.   What is important for US to know about the best way to work with YOU? How do you like to be communicated with? When are you at your best? How do we address conflict when it comes up?   Take 30 minutes at your next team meeting and slow down….to speed …

8 Ways Parents Can Look at Balancing Work and Family Commitments

In a recent Harvard Business Review article What to do when personal and professional commitments compete for your time Elizabeth Grace Saunders shares: “You’re double booked. It’s not just one meeting scheduled over another. It’s something for your family at odds with a work commitment. These situations can trigger guilt and stress. Guilt because you feel like you’re letting others down — no matter what you decide, you will lose. And stress because you can’t literally be in two places at once.” Here are the first three recommendations: Values. To feel successful, you need to live according to your values. Ask yourself: What are my values in terms of the type of spouse, parent, and employee I want to be? What choices will I be happy that I made five years from now? Family culture. Every family has a different flavor in terms of what matters to them. Ask yourself: What kind of family culture do I want to create? Do I value eating meals together, going to kids’ activities, or spending quality time with my …