Tag Archive: Time Management

The Urgency Illusion: Are You Running Around with Your Hair on Fire? Here’s Why!

The urgent has obscured the important if you’re constantly running around with your hair on fire. Distracted leaders finish a few ‘small’ tasks before doing important work. Stop saying, “Let me finish these… Continue reading

How to Flame Up, Not Out

Leaders flame-out because consequences come slowly. Neglecting your team doesn’t bite you immediately. Chasing urgencies – instead of priorities – seems like success for a while. Working long hours works for a while.… Continue reading

How to Overcome the Distraction of Compassion

Distracted leaders are octopods spinning like tornados with sucker-filled tentacles clinging to ‘important’ trivialities. You can’t go eight directions at the same time and make meaningful progress. The centrifugal force of distraction drives… Continue reading

5 Ways to Bring Your Best When Schedules are Tight

In one study*, theology students at Princeton University stepped over a person in need. They were on their way to give a talk about the Good Samaritan. The needy person coughed and moaned… Continue reading

The Most Important Thing You Manage isn’t Projects or People

Someone or something is controlling your attention. Often it’s not you. Maybe it’s an email alert or a buzzing cell phone. Distracted leaders live inconsequential lives. The most important thing you manage is your… Continue reading

Who’s Got the Monkey

Full disclosure: This post is an excuse to show our youngest granddaughter with the screaming monkey. Audiences love “Who’s got the monkey” stories. The idea is based on a 1974 HBR article by… Continue reading