“So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work.” —Peter Drucker

It's true, we like to make things difficult on ourselves. We like to work harder and not smarter. Like Sisyphus from Greek mythology, who pushed a giant boulder up a hill only to see it tumble back down, we think we are getting somewhere only to have all of our hard work dismantled by exhaustion and an inability to enjoy the journey. We are busier than ever and there is no greater need for effective leaders. On this blog, I hope to distill knowledge and expertise that will help you live a better life, become a better manager and eventually a leader in your own rights. Welcome! You're in the right place.

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Digital Connections

You may be like me and often get invitations to connect on LinkedIn. I personally love these and welcome anyone into my network except the odd one or two that are obviously causing trouble. Doing this allows you to have a wide and diverse network. This is important as you never know what you might need down the road. Now…

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Book Review: Contagious by Jonah Berger

Over the next little while I will be contributing the the world with yet another book review. My aim here is two fold; 1. to document the books I’m reading as I hope you may like them too and 2. to give you a quick rundown of a particular book so you can decide if you want to read it…

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Top Reads of the Year

If you’re like me and looking to stay at the top of your game you know that reading is a huge way to level the playing field. Reading is a great way to develop your skills at a low cost. Many successful people including Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are big advocates of reading. If time is your biggest road…

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A Lesson in Networking from Jack Bauer

I’ll admit, I don’t watch a lot of TV. In fact, I’m one of the millions of people who have “cut the cord”. That said, there are a few shows that I follow using the feeds provided by the cable networks. One of the shows is 24 starting Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer. If you haven’t seen the show, Jack…

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How to Read a Book

One of the questions I get asked a lot is how I manage to read as much as I do. In this post I want to share with you some of tips I have for reading quickly and still be able to retain the information. Speed reading 101 First things first, you have got to increase the number of pages…

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LinkedIn Superpowers

As a business professional you need to be on LinkedIn. It offers an easy way to stay in touch with your colleges, customers and competitors. This tool is particularly useful if you are in sales because it gives you access to contacts at most of the Fortune 500 companies. Some of you may already know these tips, but they’re worth…

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Building a Network

If you have ever met a successful person you know that their rolodex is a powerful tool in their office. Trust me when I say this, they didn’t build it overnight. I also think that the best networkers are the ones who are always looking to add new people to their tribe. It’s also apparent to me that the networking…

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Reading for Success

Did you ever hear your mother tell you to stop eating cookies or you’ll turn into one? Well, it’s true, you become what you put into your body. Of course this also applies to your mind. It’s simple, garbage in = garbage out. If you are looking to develop yourself in any aspect of your life, reading is something you…