In a world of seemingly endless tasks and action-items, the ability to know when something is finally done is extremely important.  Even if you know when something is done, what do you do if someone on your team doesn’t seem to know when a task is complete? Not knowing when something’s done relates to the problems of the “perfection paradox.”  It is all about a lack of confidence and the fear of being less than perfect.  The unconscious thinking is that if I don’t complete anything, I can’t be judged and found to be imperfect.  Sounds like a great plan, right? This is ...

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After a seminar recently, an attendee came up to me and asked about hiring me as a coach.  We talked for a few minutes about his company and his situation and at the end of the conversation.  He asked me that if I was his coach, was I going to make him do visualizations and things like that. I decided to ask him a question.  I asked, “If doing visualizations was what it takes for you to be successful, would you do it?”  He put his hand on his chin and said, “I’d have to think about that.”  I told ...

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Many companies are looking for qualified job candidates witht he ability to multi-task.  Of course, multi-tasking is another way of saying, “We have more things to do than time allotted, so can you keep up?”  But is multi-tasking truly effective? Multi-tasking implies that multiple tasks are occurring at the same time.  As if it would be effective to work on this year’s budget while simultaneously designing a magazine advertisement for the marketing department.  The problem with the idea of multi-tasking is that our brain is not set up to switch tasks that way.  According to an article published in the ...

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Optimizing Your Team for Hypergrowth with Karen Walker Karen Walker is an executive coach and consultant who advises CEOs and senior leaders on thriving in hyper-growth. She has worked with clients including Aetna, AWS, Pfizer, JPMorganChase, and BMC Software, as well as Inc. 5000 startups.Karen is also a board advisor, keynote speaker, and the author of No Dumbing Down: A Guide for CEOs on Organization Growth. As employee 104 at Compaq, Karen helped lead the then-fastest growing company in American history, growing it from $0 to $15 billion in revenue. Links: Website LinkedIn Twitter Books Inside This Episode The Foundation ...

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I scheduled two weeks, back to back, off the seminar circuit to be home with my family.  With the exception of scheduled coaching calls with clients, I had total control over my schedule and could do what I wanted, when I wanted.   The day after getting home, I created a quick list of my priorities and got to work.  Creating programs, audios, writing articles, and I enjoyed doing it.   Most of the time, I would work until around midnight because it’s what I love to do.  And I completed many projects while making great progress on others. Then as ...

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