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 ...

Put your thoughts in the bucket. No, really.

Buckets is one of the most interesting concepts of time management I ran across. I found it with David Allen, Marc Mc Guinness (still think his little e-book on Time Management for Creative People is the best short read on time management you can find online), and, yes, even Jack Nicholson. What's a Bucket? A bucket is, essentially, ...

The Un-Work Life Balance

Inspired by the post of a Romanian career coach here. Lately my days have been shattered by personal quakes. I have a grandmother who is struggling for her final breaths, a friend who just gave birth today to a beautiful baby boy, and I'm planning my wedding for the summer. In the meanwhile, I go to ...

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 ...

Fast living

Remember this viral short film that came through your inbox last year? This wouldn't happen in most offices I know... Along with many of you, probably, I started work back in the office on Monday. Two days later, I have a cold, am dizzy and started to feel hectic again. Fast Living comes from the Outside I notice ...

3 Best Ideas of 2009

Simple, quick. 3 of the best ideas I came across this year. 1. Buy experiences, not things. Found in Seth Godin's book "What Matters". The idea can be also found in the book I'm reading now - "Affluenza" by Oliver James. In short, today's developed society is focused on consumerism. We end up working our lives away ...

Follow the white rabbit

Remember the scene in "The Matrix" when Neo gets the "Follow the white rabbit" advice, and then goes after the girl with the tattoed rabbit on her shoulder? That's about what happens when you're starting to be aware. You start connecting the dots. What matters If you read Seth Godin's free ebook "What Matters", which has taken the ...