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Obligatory “Best Books I Read in 2016” Post

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Obligatory “Best Books I Read in 2016” Post

I know, I know…everyone writes a “best books” post like this near year’s end. It’s as if there is an unwritten rule everyone feels obligated to follow or maybe some vast conspiracy with the book industry to boost sales.

Or maybe the end of the year is simply a good time to look back on highlights that are worth sharing.

5 Leadership Tasks You Can Do in 30 Minutes or Less

5 Leadership Tasks You Can Do in 30 Minutes or Less

Leadership takes discipline…the discipline to think outside yourself and do things that lift up, encourage, empower, or benefit those on your team.

Everyday you have small chunks of time that might otherwise seem unproductive. They are not large enough to tackle major leadership tasks on your todo list, but they can still be utilized to encourage and empower your organization.

10 Productivity Tips That Will Save You Time This Week and in the Future

10 Productivity Tips That Will Save You Time This Week and in the Future

More than tools, or tips, or tricks, productivity is a discipline. A discipline of establishing a trusted system for getting things done and actually using it.

And like any discipline, you need constant reinforcement. You need to remind yourself of the key elements that make it work as well as exposure to new ideas that might help your productivity continue to move forward.

Here are ten productivity tips that you should review and add to regularly. Pull this list out monthly and review it. You need to remind yourself of the first three items so you don’t develop bad habits. And the remaining seven are never one-and-done, but rather items that grow, change, and build over time.

The ONE Thing [Book]

The ONE Thing [Book]

The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results (by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan) is an excellent read for anyone wanting to accomplish something significant in their life. It is about focusing on the one thing now that will make the biggest difference down the road.

If you are in a leadership position, applying The ONE Thing principles to your life and to your organization will pay off huge dividends in time. Most won’t stick with the principles long enough to make a substantial difference, but if you do, hang on to your seat.

Even if you don’t have a formal leadership position at work, this book can be valuable. Why? Because it’s about weeding out the urgent and focusing on the important in life in general…work, family, spirituality, etc.

Leadership, Productivity, and My Vegetable Garden

Leadership, Productivity, and My Vegetable Garden

It happens every summer. No matter how good our intentions or how disciplined we are, at some point our vegetable garden gets away from us.

We know what we are supposed to do. Fertilize it by working in rich, organic material into the soil. Plant it. Water it. And keep the weeds out. If we do these basic things, we will have a decent harvest.

But too often we get distracted. We give it good attention in the few weeks after we plant it. But at some point during the summer, we just let it do it’s thing. Fortunately for us, we live in a part of the country where once your garden is established, watering isn’t usually an issue.

In our defense, this is not intentional. And we often have an excuse. Kids and family activities often take up a good portion of the weekend when we would normally give our garden attention. In fact it usually happens when we are away on vacation. But at some point, the garden goes crazy.