I’m so busy doing this, I don’t have time to do that… A perennial problem, isn’t it?

So, I have re-read Getting Things Done, and revisited Deep Work, and The Power of Full Engagement. I’m working on my own scheduling/productivity challenges. Like you, and everyone else, I have plenty to do and not enough time to do it all. Even when I am really productive, churning out the work at a pretty… Read More I’m so busy doing this, I don’t have time to do that… A perennial problem, isn’t it?

The Bare Minimum is not going to cut it in the much-more-than-the bare-minimum world of 2016

bare minimum The smallest possible quantity or the least fulfilling, but still adequate, condition that is required, acceptable, or suitable for some purpose. —– Unless your talent and skills absolutely dwarf those of your competition, the deep workers among them will outproduce you. Cal Newport, Deep Work ——————————- I teach Speech at the community college… Read More The Bare Minimum is not going to cut it in the much-more-than-the bare-minimum world of 2016

Stewart D. Friedman on “Leading the Life You Want”: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris

In 1984, Stew Friedman joined Wharton, where he is the Practice Professor of Management. In 2001, he concluded a two-year assignment (while on academic leave) at Ford Motor Company, as the senior executive for leadership development. Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life was published in 2008. Stew’s more recent book is… Read More Stewart D. Friedman on “Leading the Life You Want”: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris

Consultant Workshop: The Sales Rollercoaster – a needed workshop led by Tom Niesen of Acuity Systems

This is a post for all the people who “work alone” – you know, independent contractors, independent consultants, people like…me. We always have two struggles. One, to get our work done. Two, to get more work. And, unlike working in larger companies, we don’t have a sales and marketing team. What do we do? Well,… Read More Consultant Workshop: The Sales Rollercoaster – a needed workshop led by Tom Niesen of Acuity Systems

Jim Dewald on “Entrepreneurial Thinking”: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris

Jim Dewald is the dean of the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary and an associate professor in the strategy and entrepreneurship. A business leader who can provide an effective bridge between strategy theory and on-the-ground practice, his research interests are related to the micro-foundations of strategy formulation and implementation. Specifically, his… Read More Jim Dewald on “Entrepreneurial Thinking”: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris

You can’t – you really can’t – do two things at once

Ok – I’m sneaking into my computer for a few minutes of work. I like to write blog posts, and do so early every work day. I’ve been a little hit-and-miss lately. And I’m behind on e-mails, and on some reading/editing/working on projects. Why?, you ask. Because, for the last week, I’ve taken some days… Read More You can’t – you really can’t – do two things at once

My 5 lessons and takeaways from Under the Affluence by Tim Wise – (and, thoughts on reading within a discipline)

For over 18 years, I have presented synopses of business books each month at the First Friday Book Synopsis. And, for about 12 years, I have presented synopses of books on social justice and poverty each month for the Urban Engagement Book Club, sponsored by CitySquare.   I remember back to my graduate school days… Read More My 5 lessons and takeaways from Under the Affluence by Tim Wise – (and, thoughts on reading within a discipline)

Dual Career Communication Workshop on August 28 – and new a New Blog Post

If you and your partner both work, we have a terrific event for you on Sunday, August 28.  It is our Dual Career Couples Communication Workshop. The workshop begins with lunch at 12:00, and the session lasts from 1:00-5:00 p.m.  We do this in Schreiber Hall at First United Methodist Church – Garland. You and… Read More Dual Career Communication Workshop on August 28 – and new a New Blog Post

Where do you find good stories to tell? Here’s a suggestion… – (Thoughts on the Power of Stories and Story-Telling)

Once upon a time… A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… ——————– There is a lot written these days about the power of stories. This is a “well, duh” flash of insight. All human communication has revolved around stories. I have written about the power of mythos before – the “narrative appeal,”… Read More Where do you find good stories to tell? Here’s a suggestion… – (Thoughts on the Power of Stories and Story-Telling)