Never Be Defeated

“Fall seven times, stand up eight.” — Japanese Proverb What does it take to build an indestructible mind?   In a world of setbacks, defeats, and failures, how do you stand up that eighth time?   Sure, you could watch Rocky, and other inspirational moves from the 25 Inspiration Movies list … but what if you could…

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Why So Many Ideas Die or Don’t Get Adopted

I didn’t know whether to call this why adoption fails, or why ideas die, but regardless, they are deeply related. After all, one of the main reasons ideas die is that they don’t get adopted, so they fizzle out. It’s usage that gives an idea enough legs to blossom and bloom. I see the same…

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Personal Development Quotes

I’ve finally put together an extensive collection of personal development quotes.   It’s a big collection of personal development quotes and I organized it by key themes: Character, Effectiveness, Emotional Intelligence, Empowerment, Influence and Impact, Learning and Growth, Productivity, Self-Awareness, Strengths, and Thinking. Microsoft is a strong culture of personal development, so the personal development quotes…

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The Guerilla Guide to Getting a Better Performance Review at Microsoft

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” ― Charles Darwin I’m helping one of my mentees get the edge in her performance review this year.  I thought it would be helpful to share the insights and actions that I’m sharing with…

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Think in Three Wins

“Great acts are made up of small deeds.“ – Lao Tzu Agile Results is spreading as a productivity and time management system around Microsoft.  I’ve done five talks on Getting Results the Agile Way over the past two months.   Some teams are using it to build high-performance teams.  Other teams are using it to improve…

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Agile Results in Evernote with One Notebook

Agile Results helps you achieve “Agile for Life”, which means flow value, while you learn, and adapt to change. I’ve written about how to use Agile Results with Evernote before, but some of you wanted a simplified version.  In this post, I’ll share an approach with you for using Agile Results with Evernote, using just…

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ALM Categories at a Glance

I’m reviewing some ALM (Application Life-Cycle Management) work for a colleague, so I thought it would help to rehydrate a map of the ALM space.  I’m a fan of having simple maps to find my way around.  By map, I simply mean topics and categories, and ideally sub-categories to help see the lay of the…

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