How To Clean Up Attention Residue

When you check your email, read your messages, answer the phone, or have a quick conversation, your attention stays with that task even after you’ve moved onto the next. For a period of time, you’re unable to give the next task your full attention. This phenomena has been called “attention residue” and it’s hurting your thinking. Here’s how to clean up attention residue to get your focus back.

I’ve noticed how I can’t jump from answering emails to doing thinking work. My mind stays with


This is a Chinese version of Moving From Distracted Working to Focused Results. 你的深度思考能力,策划能力,创新能力和变革能力是你最有价值的领导力资产。然而,在我们这个随时供应的世界里,你被连续不断的干扰所轰炸,以至于你从有意义的工作中分心。这里介绍如何从工作分心转向做事专注。

Moving From Distracted Working To Focused Results

Your ability to think deeply, plan strategically, and create and innovate are your most valuable leadership assets. Yet, in our on-demand world, you are bombarded with constant interruptions that distract you from this meaningful work. Here’s how to move from distracted working to focused results. 

We live in a distracted world. With computers and smart phones it seems the whole world has

How to Set Goals You Can Achieve

Setting goals is easy. Accomplishing them is difficult. Achieving your goals begins with creating goals that are achievable. Here are 5 ways to set goals that you can achieve. 

I dislike goal setting. Let’s face it, most goals just aren’t realistic. Setting pie-in-the-sky goals may be motivating for some, but for most of us we end up discouraged. I’ve found another way that

7 Reasons I’ve Gone Back To A Paper Planner

I’m back to paper! I have been all digital in my calendar, to-do list, and journal for a few years now. Now I’m back to paper – at least partially. Here’s why.

I used to be all digital. I use Google calendars to see my personal, company, and my wife’s calendars across all my devices. My coaching clients can click a link to make appointments with me at times I’ve indicated are available, without exchanging emails to set it up. I track my to-dos with Nozbe and use Evernote to capture ideas, quotes, article snippets, etc. All digital. Everything syncs and I love it.

But I wasn’t getting the most important things done. My calendar and to-do list were running me, rather than

The Best Leadership and Coaching Articles of 2017

Another year of writing on being a leader, coaching skills, and interpersonal communication and I can say interest in each of these topics is increasing. Leading ourselves and others is often mysterious, usually messy, and rarely simple. Here are the best leadership and coaching articles on my website by number of views in 2017. 

Popular 2017 Leadership and Coaching Articles

I write on a number of topics, but the most popular are practical articles on leadership, coaching, and

The Fear of Speaking And Other Bermuda Triangles For Leaders

Ships and airplanes have mysteriously disappeared in an area of the East Coast of North America known as the Bermuda Triangle. Leaders have Bermuda Triangles that make them feel helpless and fearful; things like public speaking, writer’s block, criticism, failure, and decisions. Here’s how to overcome your Bermuda Triangles.

Here’s the deal. The Bermuda Triangle is

Get More Productive At Work With Gratitude

I’m a problem-solver. I spot problems and address them. This perspective has sometimes caused the people I’ve worked with to become discouraged when I pointed out the one part of their otherwise perfect work that needed improvement. These days I have a new approach. Here’s how to get more productive at work with gratitude.

In my own work, I’m never done and it’s never good enough. I see what else needs to be done, fixed, or added. This attitude wears me out sometimes.

What’s happening is