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Do you know why you need to determine your purpose first? (Part 2)

In the last post, we talked about the need to determine our purpose first as it is our reason for waking up every morning. We also mentioned there are a number of ways to figure it out, but I’d like…

Do you know why you need to determine your purpose first? (Part 1)

If you were to ask someone in Japan when they will retire, they would look at you with a befuddled face! You see, in Japan there is no word for retirement in their dictionary. However, if you asked them for…

How to recognize different meeting types to increase your productivity?

"ssssscrape, knock-knock-knock" I got a Slack message from Peter again! Peter: “Hey Wendy, do you have time to continue our discussion from last time about the 4 types of meetings?” Me (Wendy): “Sure. Remember last time I told you I…

Replacing meetings to gain more time on your calendar to be productive

"ssssscrape, knock-knock-knock" I got a Slack message from Peter! Wow! I think I’m changing him 😉 Peter: “Hey Wendy, I noticed that you have been rethinking how we do things around here instead of just finding time on our calendars.…

It’s important to get to know your purpose. It’s not fluffy stuff.

Leadership Memo 2022-6 “When do you plan to retire?” Have you thought about this question before? Have you asked anyone this question? After 2+ years of the pandemic, a lot of us are suffering from burnouts and are ready to…

What other meetings can we remove? What else can we cut from our calendars?

Bob and I have another brainstorm as we continue our quest to remove meetings on our calendars. “Hey Bob, we did great in eliminating status and informational meetings. Maybe we can teach people we don’t need a meeting when sharing…

What meetings can we get rid of? Aren’t there better ways to do things?

Me (Wendy): “Hey Bob, now that we got rid of that meeting with Peter, I think we can get rid of other meetings from our calendars.” Bob: “I’m all ears!” Me: “How about the Tuesday weekly status meeting that takes…

Do we have to do video calls? Aren’t there better ways to do things?

“Ding!” I’ve got mail! Bob is asking when I can meet with him and Peter. Strange. He usually Slacks me. Then I see Peter on the “CC” list. Everything is a meeting for Peter. When he wants to share some…

The case for 21st century leadership: Current European case study

Leadership Memo 2022-5 In March, I did a high level case study comparing 21st century leadership and 20th century leadership using the events that are happening in Europe. As the events continue to evolve, let’s see what we can learn…

What does it mean to transition a company to fully remote work?

In my last post, I advocated not letting a virus decide whether we need an office or not, especially if all we need to do our work is a laptop and an internet connection. I also urged us 21st century…