3 Daily Habits of Very Successful People

Useful reminder of the importance of habits in your life, and of adopting good habits from successful people. Although I found all three habits in this article very relevant, my favorite one is the first: getting out of bed early. Within it, I fully endorse the routines of getting ready for the work-day ahead (through exercise, reading, meditation, setting priorities for the day, etc.) Do you have a good daily habit you want to share?


Networking For A Career Change — Seven Contacts To Prioritize

I went through a career change seven years ago, switching from being a corporate executive to becoming a corporate coach. I found most of the attached article’s seven networking suggestions consistent with my transition experience. I want to highlight one that has been a strong source of wisdom and referrals for me: engaging with “connectors”. I want to add the importance of nurturing these connections by aiming to add value to them before asking for a favor.


My 13 Favorite Productivity Tools

I found the first two suggestions from this article key to improving your productivity: Being clear on what is important for you, and choosing the one important thing you will work on next. Don’t run the risk of going through your to-do list and claiming success by how many items you crossed off the list. What if you left out the most important activities, those connected with your personal mission statement and goals in life?


The Good News For Introverted Leaders

Interesting point of view about the strengths of introverted leaders and the value they can bring to organizations. The insights shared coincide with my own experience coaching executives, both individually and within leadership teams. Tools such as DiSC can help map the different styles of team members. If the overall “culture” of the group leans toward extroverts, introverts may need to assign a higher priority to add value to discussions without necessarily feeling forced to display behaviors inconsistent with their DNA. Team leaders can help introverts by understanding their strengths and explicitly seeking their perspective in discussions where otherwise they may have stayed quiet.


How To Be A Remote Manager (And Not Feel So Remote)

Ten good tips for the remote worker. I want to highlight (and endorse) two of them:

  1. Use the video camera as often as possible. It’s the closest thing to be being physically present.
  2. Schedule in-person meetings as often as possible.


10 Ways To Lead Like A Coach

Excellent coaching tips in the attached article. I want to highlight #5, “Active Listening.” A bad habit I have heard from several clients is how their managers, in 1:1 conversations, get constantly distracted by their devices. If you are a manager who truly cares about your people, make an effort to put away your devices and actively listen to them. Wouldn’t you want a similar behavior from your boss?



5 Best Speech Practices From Sir Winston Churchill

I want to highlight the last of the five best speech practices attributed to Winston Churchill in the attached article: To arouse emotions from the audience. It reminded me of a presentation tip I learned several years ago: communicate (and sell…) what’s in it for them (the audience).
Incidentally, if you haven’t yet watched the movie “Darkest Hour”, do so. It’s not only a great lesson on oral presentations, but also on leadership under extreme time pressure.



Is It Possible To Have Ambition And Balance?

A good story about how a woman was proactive and resourceful in gradually accommodating (and balancing) her personal priorities with her busy work schedule. To me, the underlying message is to be proactive in both defining your personal and professional priorities, and in planning your weekly and daily activities.


It’s Not Really Feedback If You Never Set Expectations

The key message of this article is that you, as a people manager, need to first provide a clear set of performance expectations to your direct reports. Feedback can then be anchored on how the report is performing versus these expectations and, very importantly, to clarify your expectations. It’s not enough to fill out an online form from HR and assume it’s all there. Investing time clarifying your expectations is time well spent.


Kim Scott Gives Managers A 90-Day Plan For Getting Good At Feedback

Another good article stressing the importance of providing feedback. Those who report to you usually want to know where they stand and how they can grow. Being human and candid are two good elements of giving feedback. And it never hurts to start the conversation asking for feedback.