It takes a diverse set of skills to outgrow modest circumstances and advance to the pinnacle of the world of business. By looking intently at successful entrepreneurs who have risen from obscurity to direct some of the world’s most notable firms, we can gain insight into what makes them tick and learn from their stories. Certainly, the experiences of their forerunners can prove instructive for today’s aspiring businesspeople.
There just isn’t enough time for everything on our to-do list—and there never will be. Successful people don’t try to do everything. They learn to focus on the most important tasks and make sure those get done. They eat their frogs.
I am very excited to be participating in the revised and updated launch of Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy this week. Eat That Frog! is still one of the best books on time management around. Eat That Frog! shows you how to organize each day so you can zero in on these critical tasks and accomplish them efficiently and effectively.
In this fully revised and updated edition, Brian Tracy has added two new chapters. The first explains how you can use technology to remind yourself of what is most important and protect yourself from what is least important. The second offers advice for maintaining focus in our era of constant distractions, electronic and otherwise.
I am honored and thrilled to host the following guest post by Brian Tracy:
There are a lot of valuable resources in your business. From your finances to equipment to your employees. However, there’s one resource which is just as important as others in your business – TIME. Time is basically the only resource in your entire business that, no matter what happens, you simply can never get back. For example, if you end up wasting money in your business then there us a chance that you might make it back again. If your equipment breaks, it can be replaced. Wasted time is gone no matter what you do. Because of this, you cannot underestimate how important it is to use your time wisely and efficiently. Here are a few tips to go about doing that so that you can make the most of the time that you have.
Bad problem‐solving is everywhere and costs individuals and society incalculable amounts of time and money. Problems persist because people have only been trained to solve easy problems, usually by guessing. This guessing approach is rarely successful when applied to hard problems. When problem‐solving efforts fail, people often find expensive or painful ways to live with or work around the problems they face, sometimes growing so accustomed to problems that they no longer even notice them.
Great problem-solvers are armed with a set of behaviors, not just a methodical approach, that allows them to avoid guessing. They consistently solve hard problems to root cause in a way that can seem magical to most people.
Author Nat Greene has spent over 20 years solving hard problems, and developing and leading great problem-solvers. In this time he has found that great problem‐solvers consistently exhibit certain behaviors when solving hard problems. In Nat’s new book, which is out this week, Stop Guessing, you will learn what the behaviors are, why they’re so important to success, and how to begin adopting them. Developing your strength in these behaviors will help you to:
Smartphones have become a ubiquitous part of our daily lives. They’re often the first thing we touch when we wake up in the morning and the last thing we look at before going to sleep at night. With these devices playing such an important role in our lives, it makes sense for your workplace to create a cell phone policy. An effective cell phone policy should balance your business’s needs with the needs of all employees.
A business is only going to be as strong as it’s leader. But in most businesses these days, it’s not just one individual at the head of the table. Instead, you need to make sure that you have a competent team to steer the ship and ensure your business is managed effectively. The question of course then becomes who do you want in that boardroom. Who sits at the head table?
A Team With Experience
If you are a young business owner or start-up, you should certainly think about getting some experience in the board room. By doing this, you can make sure that you have someone who has been where you are now. One of the best ways to guarantee this is to use a good consultant with a specialty that is relevant to your field. They will be able to advise you in many areas of your business where you are having trouble finding your footing.
This week I have the pleasure of helping to promote the book Awakening Compassion At Work by Monica Worline and Jane Dutton. It is a definite must read for all organizations, leaders, managers and employees too!
Awakening Compassion At Work opens our eyes to the power of and importance of compassion in organizations and reveals caring as a competitive advantage that fuels innovation, service quality, adaptability, retention, and more.
The quiet power that elevates
Suffering in the workplace can rob us of humanity, dignity, and motivation. Often silent and left unaddressed, suffering is a costly drain on organization productivity and potential. Marshaling evidence from two decades of research with organizations in a variety of industries and sectors, scholars and consultants Monica Worline and Jane Dutton show us how small actions can have big effects. Offering a view of compassion that is grounded in the best of social science research and the new science of compassion, this book teaches four ways that anyone, regardless of position or role, can bring more compassion to their work lives. Continue reading