Monthly 10 Minute Challenge - September 2015
I love improvements.
I like talking about improvements. I like brainstorming new improvements. I like collecting data to measure existing improvements. In fact, you could say that I'm an "improvement guy". But amidst all of this activity, there is a common trap that improvement oriented people like me often fall into: we only think about incremental change.
Monthly 10 Minute Challenge - August 2015
This month's 10 Minute Challenge just may change the way you approach your job and your life.
I regularly hear the the word's "I didn't have time" used by my coworkers. Several years ago, I vowed to remove that phrase from my vocabulary, and so I did. After that, each time I hear those words I cringe a little. What I'm really hearing is someone lie to themselves and those around them.
10 Minute Challenge - July 2015
In my opinion, Superman is one of the most insanely powerful comic book super heroes. Basically, he's invincible. Since he cannot be beat, Superman comics tended to be very dull comics. It's like watching Real Madrid demolish a 5 year old soccer (football) team in a scrimmage. There is no drama because there is no suspense about who's going to win the battle with Superman.
Monthly 10 Minute Challenge - June 2015
I admit it: I'm a repeat offender. I didn't realize I was making my wife upset and causing unneeded arguments until she pointed it out to me. What was I doing that was unintentionally undermining my communication with my wife? Simple, I was repeatedly using two seemingly innocent English words that should be removed from everyday speech.
Unsurprisingly, I discovered I wasn't using these words only at home, I was using them professionally as well. For this month's 10 minute challenge, I'll show you what I did and how you can quickly stop destroying your credibility when you speak.
Monthly 10 Minute Challenge - May 2015
I was at a dinner parter recently when a bumped into a man I had met once before, but whose name I couldn't recall. Have you ever experienced the awkwardness of knowing you've met someone previously but the person wasn't interesting enough for you to remember their details.
While I was quickly trying to recall where we met, he walked up to me and said "Hi Mitch, great to see you again" and then he preceded to shake my hand. I was impressed. I had assumed that he couldn't remember my name either. Instead, he knew me and he was confident and friendly. Immediately my opinion of the man increased and subconsciously I was primed to be receptive to his ideas and suggestions.
For May's Monthly 10 Minute Challenge we are going to look at why names are so important, and three tips you can use immediately to gain an edge when dealing with employees and colleagues.
Monthly 10 Minute Challenge - April 2015
What makes you "you"?
Perhaps that question is a little vague. To be more specific, what internal and external forces have worked to shape your life and your accomplishments? Our current lives are the products of our past experiences and choices. No one that I know simply fell out of the sky and was instantly who they are today. Instead, every single person I know is reaping the rewards, or paying the consequences, for choices made in their past. ...
Monthly 10 Minute Challenge - March 2015
If you own an car, do you pay someone else to change the oil in it? Except for a few hardcore enthusiasts, most automobile owners I know pay others.
Why? Why would they spend $30 USD on something that, if skipped, will cause no immediate damage?
The answer is simple: because it will cost you so much more to fix it later. Investing in your professional skills is no different.
Monthly 10 Minute Challenge - February 2015
As a leader, you are constantly working through others in your organization. As you are likely aware, one extremely common way of working through others is to delegate tasks and responsibilities. We will discuss delegation in more detail in future blog posts, but for this Month's 10 Minute Challenge we are going to zoom in on times when you are delegating tasks (in comparison to delegating entire areas of responsibility). ...
Monthly 10 Minute Challenge - January 2015
It is important for me to keep a clean and uncluttered kitchen. My wife and I cook a lot and having things spotless and organized greatly increases the efficiency and enjoyment of the time I spend in my kitchen. Each item has its proper place that is intentionally chosen based upon when it's needed and how it's used. ...