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How to Stop Procrastinating for Good In today’s “Operator’s Manual,” I wanted to share an email exchange I had with a client about time management. As I wrote to him below, the core question about time management is whether it serves you to “be behind” on… Read More
Why The Hell Does My Board Act Like That? The phone rang at the appointed hour. My client, a software company CEO, was calling for his regular session. I picked up the phone: “Hello” “Why the hell does my board act like that?” “Good morning, James,” I answered, and… Read More
Why Work-Life Balance Is Bullshit I spat out the words with anger that surprised me: “Work-life balance is bullshit.” I was on a call with a reporter looking into doing a piece about the workshop I was delivering in a few weeks. I was at… Read More
How to Use Your Leadership Traits to Aid Your Company’s Growth All leadership traits aid the growth of an organization if those traits are brought to the surface, understood, and accepted. It’s when leaders attempt to suppress traits that chaos follows. There are more desirable traits (loyalty, curiosity, kindness) and less… Read More
How Can High-Achievers Prepare to Become Leaders High-achievers are quick to figure out the rules. These are the people who breeze through school because they take the time to dissect what teachers are looking for. These people might do the same thing when obtaining an entry-level position… Read More
When Leadership’s Personal Baggage Stifles the Company’s Growth Unfortunately, the people around us suffer the most from personal baggage. This baggage manifests as a hostile, toxic, or otherwise uncomfortable work environment. Not only does this toxicity trickle down to immediate team members, but it also seeps through an… Read More
This Is What We Often Overlook About Leadership It’s rare that we understand our actions or bother to wonder why we acted the way that we did. Taking the time to stop and think about how we really feel about any given situation is something that most of… Read More
Three Steps to Becoming a Great Leader Radical self-inquiry is how we learn to become more of ourselves, more like ourselves, more authentic. More human. And better humans are better leaders. This is what great leaders do. Great leaders look unflinchingly in the mirror and transform untamed… Read More
6 Questions You Must Ask Yourself to be a Better Leader Looking for a handful of questions to ask yourself in order to become a better leader is looking for that roadmap or magic wand. There’s no set number of questions, either, because the point of Rebooting is to consistently and… Read More
Great Leadership Requires Radical Self-Inquiry Leaders are supposed to have the answers; they’re supposed to know how to do things, but very few leaders know why those decisions are made. It’s impossible to know the “why” without first understanding the “who.” Every decision a leader… Read More
Why Growing Up Is Essential to Becoming a Successful Leader Learning to lead is tough. But within that difficult practice is the opportunity to confront the various aspects of ourselves that have held us back from realizing our full human, potential. You can’t avoid facing your own baggage and learning… Read More
The Leadership Formula: How to Grow Up, Reboot, and Lead As often happens, I hit upon the insight I needed when I wasn’t searching for it. A few years back I was pacing the room, thinking about the talk I was about to give. There were thirty people in stiff,… Read More