3 Fights Each Day

“Sometimes the prize is not worth the costs. The means by which we achieve victory are as important as the victory itself.” ― Brandon Sanderson Every day presents us with new challenges.  Whether it’s a personal struggle, or a challenge at work, or something that requires you to stand and deliver. To find your strength….


The Top 10 Project Management Books

Note: This article is updated at Program Management Books. “No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra.” — H.E. Luccock Being an effective program manager at Microsoft means knowing how to make things happen.  While being a program manager requires a lot more than project management, project management is still at the…


The Ultimate Personal Productivity Platform is You

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” ― Stephen King The ultimate personal productivity platform is you. Let’s just put that on the table right up front so you know where personal productivity ultimately comes from.  It’s you. I can’t possibly give you anything that…


What Life is Like with Agile Results

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” — Mary Anne Radmacher Imagine if you could wake up productive, where each day is a fresh start.  As you take in your morning breath, you notice your mind is calm and clear….


30 Day Sprints for Personal Development: Change Yourself with Skill

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when we bring what is within us out into the world, miracles happen." — Ralph Waldo Emerson I’ve written about 30 Day Sprints before, but it’s time to talk about them again: 30 Day Sprints help…


Hugh MacLeod’s Illustrated Guide to Life Inside Microsoft

If you remember the little blue monster that says, “Microsoft, change the world or go home.”, you know Hugh MacLeod. Hugh is the creative director at Gaping Void.  I got to meet Hugh, along with Jason Korman (CEO), and Jessica Higgins, last week to talk through some ideas. Hugh uses cartoons as a snappy and…


The Best Productivity Book for Free

"At our core, Microsoft is the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world." — Satya Nadella We take productivity seriously at Microsoft. Ask any Softie. I never have a lack of things to do, or too much time in my day, and I can’t ever make "too much" impact. To be super…


Skilled for Life

Note: This article is updated at Skilled for Life. A while back, a colleague challenged me to find something simple and sticky for the big idea behind Sources of Insight.  After trying several phrases, here’s the one that stuck: Skilled for Life He liked it because it had punch.  It also had a play on…


Dealing with People You Can’t Stand

“If You Want To Go Fast, Go Alone. If You Want To Go Far, Go Together” – African Proverb I blew the dust off some olds posts to rekindle some of the most important information for work and life. It’s about dealing with people you can’t stand. Whether you think of them as jerks, bullies,…


Visionary Leadership: How To Be a Visionary Leader (Or at Least Look Like One)

Note: The updated page is at Visionary Leadership. “Remember this: Anticipation is the ultimate power. Losers react; leaders anticipate.” – Tony Robbins Have you ever noticed how some leaders have a knack for “the art of the possible” and for making it relevant to the current landscape? They are Visionary Leaders and they practice Visionary…