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The End of an Era


Pearson says that the problem we’re facing is that many people have not recognized that we’ve entered a fourth economic period. That means we’re still investing in what worked in the previous period, and those investments are producing dramatically diminished returns. Continue reading

The 80/20 Time Revolution


  Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least. – JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE In a previous post, I introduced Richard Koch, the author of The 80/20 Principle; The Secret to Achieving More with Less. Be prepared if you decide to read this book; it will make you uncomfortable … Continue reading

80/20 Thinking


Richard Koch is the author of The 80/20 Principle; The Secret to Achieving More with Less. Be prepared if you decide to read this book; it will make you uncomfortable about the way you spend your time, and perhaps even about the way you live your life.  The premise of the book comes from the … Continue reading

Getting It Done Versus Getting It Right


If you read my blog posts regularly, it will not surprise you to learn that I am strongly task-oriented. Tips for goal setting, tips for getting organized, tips to keep you on track – it’s obvious that I care about getting things done.

But there are differences of opinion, even among strongly task-oriented people. Dr. Rick Brinkman and Dr. Rick Kirschner, authors of Dealing with People You Can’t Stand, calls the two types of task-oriented people “Get it Done” versus “Get it Right.” And even though we both focus on tasks, we can drive each other crazy. Continue reading

How to Be More Persuasive Part 2: Reciprocity


Influence is a book about how to be more persuasive, written by Robert Cialdini, Ph.D., who admits in the introduction that he wanted to research how and why he became such a patsy. “For as long as I can recall,” he writes, “I’ve been an easy mark for the pitches of peddlers, fundraisers and operators of … Continue reading

How to Be More Persuasive


All business communication is persuasive communication. Whether you’re in sales, business development, advertising, PR, or another persuasive profession, or leading a team, creating policies, or recruiting, you’re working on persuading someone else to take action. Influence is a book about how to be more persuasive, written by Robert Cialdini, Ph.D., who admits in the introduction … Continue reading