03 Aug

Procrastination – How To Stop Doing It

Procrastination.  It is defined in the dictionary as “the action of delaying or postponing something.”. It is a time-waster, money waster, bad idea.  Many of us experience some level of procrastination on a regular if not consistent basis.  In some instances, we are very good at procrastinating meaning that procrastination is harming us or our business.

So what can you do to help overcome procrastination?

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27 Jul

FOCUS

Focus is our ability to concentrate on something.  To devote our efforts and energy to that something.  In business, we tend to focus on many things.  This multi-focus approach, sometimes labeled multi-tasking, usually results in a lot of things not being done well.  This doesn’t mean we should only do one thing at a time.  What we must do is manage our focus, ensure that what we focus on truly matters and that it adds value.  We have to ensure that the goals we set are important, that they support our strategy and that what we do achieves desired results.  How do we manage our focus?

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13 Jul

I Need Someone To Hold Me Accountable

One of the most common reasons people reach out to me for my Coaching and Advising services is accountability.  “Don, I need someone to hold me accountable,” is the question.  My response varies, but the bottom line is this, I can help you improve accountability, but the actual ability to holding yourself accountable is internal.  In other words, ultimately, you must hold yourself accountable.  If over the long term, you need someone to do that for you, then there are other issues at play, and the lack of accountability is but a symptom.

So how can someone build the skills for holding themselves accountable?  Read on my friends, the answer is simple:

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15 Jun

Questions You Ask Your Coach

Many professionals have a Coach.  It isn’t a luxury; it isn’t an option.  Many professionals with forward-looking careers have a Coach.  Coaching is a relationship that takes you to a level of excellence, or as an old friend of mine used to say, “From your possibilities to your impossibilities.”  However, all Coaching Relationships are not created equal.  In simple language, some are more productive than others while frankly, some are nothing more than an excuse to have a conversation without results.  Coaching is more than a series of questions.  Coaching is more than the Coach asking you questions.  Coaching is about tangible results.

How do you ensure that the Coaching Relationship you have or are entering into is going to produce the best results for you?  What questions should you ask?

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27 Oct

Going Through the Motions Isn’t Problem-Solving

No one likes problems.  We either try and resolve them or we try to avoid them.  We avoid them by doing nothing or by simply ignoring they exist hoping they will go away.  Sometimes ignoring a problem is a good strategy as not all problems need or deserve our energies to resolve.  However, when we decide to work on resolving a problem how we proceed is important to achieving an outcome.  Too many times I have seen organizations and individuals focus on the process instead of the desired results.  In other words, they spend more time talking about the problem, talking about the problem-solving process and little to no time about executing the solutions to the problems they are trying to fix.  This process focus isn’t problem-solving.

So what is problem-solving?

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