How to work less – the 1 step challenge

Take the following situation. Boss hears about an issue. Or has an important project he wants to assign to someone. He delegates the issue by email. Then the subordinate wants to talk more about it. Enter meeting 1. Boss has a lot of experience on the project, but too little time to transfer the know how to the subordinate. Enter ...

Careers – and passions – are dangerous

"If you work diligently eight hours per day, you might get yourself promoted and become a manager, to work twelve hours per day." (Robert Frost, quoted in "The Four Hour Work Week") This post is inspired by the idea of looking for the perfect career, and also by most everything that Ash writes at the middlefingerproject.org ...

Top 10 Questions for an Effective Start of the Week

It's Monday morning. You're at your desk, opening your computer. A cup of coffee is on the table, and you breathe in, before immersing yourself into work. Wait. What's wrong with this picture? What are you getting yourself into? As I mentioned in this post, it's very  easy to waste the day away, answering to emails and prompt ...

How to really focus at work

When it comes to focusing at work, I do all the wrong things: I start my day with email. I answer phonecalls. I respond to interruptions. I compulsively check email too often. If there's one thing I've learned in my years of corporate life, it's this: You can spend a day's work (or more!) answering emails and ...

Effective Traveling

Recently I traveled to London. As light as I could, considering I get cold very easily. Packed a medium suitcase and found myself stressed, lost and rumbling in my luggage for passport and papers. There's many posts out there written about effective traveling. But none written by someone who actually had to carry around a 3 ...

Taking over a new role – part 2: Focusing

I wrote here about the transition experience to a new role, and how coaching questions can help you focus on the right areas. This post is about what comes next. The first week of a transition is an explosion. So much new information, new perspectives, and everything seems almost like a foreign language. What to maximize You get a ...

Taking over a new role – 10 Questions you need to ask

I changed my assignment about 7 months ago, in quite an abrupt way, meaning I had to take over the job immediately, while keeping my old responsibilities for a while. I fortunately had a proper and thorough takeover from my predecessor, and had the time to go through most of the key areas in my new ...

How to Minimize Complexity

I think we all agree on the increasing complexity that's in our lives. And, ironically, most of the things that are adding complexity are initially promising to simplify (for a quick example, just open your TV and check out the latest ad for the new mop that will forever take your mind off dusting. But ...

Shift a perspective, change a life

Coaching is a lot about shifting your perspective. As a matter of fact, the best added value, the best "a-ha" effects I've seen in my coaching relationships come from asking the right questions that make the client look at the problem from a different angle. Here are some of the most powerful perspective shifts I've experienced, or ...

Business – Random Promotions

In this light of Christmas approaching, I'm gonna write a business-related post. Thanks to my friend who sent me the below article, I want to comment on the randomness of promotions. Random Promotions In 1969, the Canadian psychologist Laurence J. Peter posited the "Peter Principle": people in a workplace are promoted until they reach their "level ...