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When Leading People Is Boring

When Leading People Is Boring

At some point you realize, leading people can be boring. Here’s how it happens.

Most people enter a career field because they love, or at least believe they will love, their craft. Doesn’t matter if it is programming, designing, video production, marketing, construction, IT, web, finance, etc.

And if you do well you will likely find yourself being promoted in some fashion. It may simply be a raise and being trusted with more significant projects. As leadership responsibility increases, tasks decrease. That’s a bit misleading, because you still have tasks, but you are no longer employed for your skill in your field, but rather for you ability to lead other people with the same skill (or related skills).

My Trusted System for Getting Things Done

My Trusted System for Getting Things Done

If you are not familiar with this term, where in the world have you been! A trusted system is your method for managing your tasks (open loops) in such away that you consistently get things done.

David Allen literally wrote the book on Getting Things Done. If you have not read the book, it is definitely worth it. I read the 2001 edition, but there is an updated version for 2015. Even if you read the original, it may be worth buying the new version as there are so many more available GTD tools today. Many of which are designed around David Allen’s GTD philosophy.

Let me be clear, this is a post about personal productivity. I am not talking about a system for managing team oriented projects.

“Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.”
― David Allen

The basic premise of a trusted system is that it allows you to account for all your “open loops” – those things you need to do, calls you need to make, projects you need to follow up on, including items that are well in the future that you need to remember at the appropriate time. Once in your trusted system, you don’t have to worry about forgetting them and your mind can relax. A trusted system includes behaviors (like regularly reviewing your “inbox,” “waiting,” and “next actions” lists) and tools (your chosen methods or applications for each).

Essentialism – the Disciplined Pursuit of Less [book]

Essentialism – the Disciplined Pursuit of Less [book]

I first heard of Greg McKeown and his book Essentialism while listening to the Michael Hyatt podcast (Season 3, Episode 12, April 1, 2015) . As someone who commutes 50 miles one way, I have plenty of “car time” and listening to podcasts is usually what fills the time returning home each evening.

I don’t normally do “book reviews,” I prefer to recommend resources that I have found helpful. I like to layout the main concept, give you a general idea of what the book is about, share a quote or two, and let you decide if you want more.

Welcome to my site!

Welcome to my site!

I am a husband, father of three, and a communications professional.

I have spent most of my career working with non-profits, churches, community organizations, and higher education in various capacities. I have worked in small organizations, large organizations, and rapidly growing organizations. But one element that has been consistent along the way is my interest and love for communication and communications media.