If You’re Afraid of Your To-Do List, It’s Not Working

If you’re afraid to look at your To-Do list, it’s not working.  Your To-Do list should inspire you. One of the things that happens a lot with To-Do lists is they can get overwhelming.  It’s easy to pile on more things.  Eventually, you’re afraid to even look at your To-Do list.   What once started out…

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Nobody Wants to Invest

A colleague sketched a visual of a recurring theme he runs into, where “nobody wants to invest” in the time, to take a step back, to leap frog forward.  The visual looked like this:     I’ve seen this pattern, too.  There are lots of reasons.  Many of them come down to change is hard,…

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10 Big Ideas from Getting Results the Agile Way

Are you using Getting Results the Agile Way to get ahead?   If you know the best ways to use your time and energy, you can get exponential results.   Agile Results, the system inside of Getting Results the Agile Way, is a synthesis of proven practices for motivation, time management, and productivity. It’s a simple system…

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Tim Ferriss Interview on The 4-Hour Chef

My interview with Tim Ferriss on The 4-Hour Chef is now live.  Tim Ferriss it the best-selling author of The 4-Hour Work Week and The 4-Hour Body.  The 4-Hour Chef is Tim’s newest book on how to make the most of life. Before my interview, I asked some colleagues and friends what questions they would…

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How To Lead High-Performance Distributed Teams

I’ve had a unique privilege of leading high-performance distributed teams for more than ten years.   In the early days of the Microsoft patterns & practices team, one of the key driving philosophies was “leverage the best talent in the world, from around the world.” By opening up the opportunity to distributed teams early on, we…

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How To Be Ready for Any Emergency

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ― Benjamin Franklin I know a lot of people have had their lives turned upside down.   Hurricane Sandy and the follow up Noreaster, really created some setbacks and a wake of devastation. Disasters happen.  While you can’t prevent them, what you can do is prepare for…

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Thanks for Sharing Getting Results the Agile Way

Thank you everyone.   It was a great day for Getting Results the Agile Way.    As folks shared the message around the world, Getting Results the Agile Way became a top download on Amazon in a few categories.   At various points in the day, it was #1 in Business Time Management, #1 in Self Help, and…

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Free Kindle Download: Getting Results the Agile Way

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi Getting Results the Agile Way is free today. You can get your free Kindle version of Getting Results the Agile Way today (11/09/2012).   It’s free today, so grab it while you can, and tell your friends and family to get their copies,…

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80/20 People vs. Perpetually Incomplete People

Another suitable title might be, 80/20 People vs. Perfectionists, but I really wanted to focus on the "perpetually incomplete" aspect that I see over and over again. Here’s the deal.   One of the most ironic productivity patterns I run into on a regular basis is this: People who seek to be perfect or complete, are…

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