Crazy Busy and Proud of it

After much anticipation, my wife and daughter finally got their new kitten, Stanley.  Watching this ball of energy chase its tail reminded me of a recent article in The Harvard Business Review called “Crazy Busy: The New Status Symbol.”

In summary, Americans don’t respect leisure time.

In the old world order, leisure was a status symbol.  Today, according to research shared in the article a lack of leisure time causes “one to be held in high regard.” To me, this is backwards.  Poor organization, lack of delegation, not being surrounded by a top notch team, and/or not leveraging technology are common causes of a crazy busy life.

Michael Gerber, author of the eMyth, states “work should give life, not take it.” I agree.  Every year, we take an extended spring break.  When working, I have two standing days a week that I work from home allowing me to enjoy little things like lunch with my wife or talking with my kids while doing a school drop off or pick up.

There are times where I have “crunch time.” But whether for me or those who work with me, if crunch time is all the time, it loses its meaning.

Work smart!

Keep calm and carry on: Five essential business practices

Pollsters continually report that Americans never have been more divided about how to run the country. Apparently, we even disagree about important political or economic facts.

No matter where you might fall along the political divide, I’m guessing most of us agree that business leaders should put politics aside (at work anyway) and focus on the fundamentals of running our operations.

Think of this article as a “Keep Calm and Carry On” basic business primer. The principles I’m going to share are what I consider to be the most important core building blocks for business leadership.

Read Keep calm and carry on: Five essential business practices at The Business Journal’s website.

 

5 tips for more-effective business communication

Did The fate of the planet may not hang in the balance based on how well you communicate with employees and colleagues, but harmonious communication definitely will make work — and life — much more productive and pleasant.you catch the Sci-Fi flick, Arrival, with Amy Adams?  (If not, I promise not to spoil the ending.)

The movie, based on a short story, dramatically illustrates the importance of communication. In fact, just getting one word wrong can lead to dire consequences when you’re communicating with aliens.

Arrival is weird and fascinating, yet aside from the freaky appearance of the aliens, the story line is not all that different from many other stories: beings trying to understand each other and the dramatic consequences that follow when communication breaks down.

I’m not a linguist, but I have spent many years working with others to build a successful business. Effective communication is key to everything we do and accomplish together. Here’s a short list of what I’ve learned along the way.

Read the 5 tips for more-effective business communication on The Business Journal website.