Perfectionism and other excuses (from the archives)

There are so many excuses that keep us from moving forward: “I want to make sure it is just right,” or “I need more time to develop skills,” or “The timing isn’t quite right.”  These excuses hide our fear of change and of stepping outside our comfort zone.  We try to protect ourselves against all possible negative outcomes before…

Let’s ban burnout! (from the archives)

“I’m so burned out!” “I’m exhausted.” and “I just need to make it to the weekend.”  These should be red flags, but are often just the response to “How are you doing?”  Burnout is rampant for so many people.  How do you avoid it? How do you recover? Take care of your health.  Now, I…

The 7 Reasons Your Employees Don’t Perform and What You Can Do About It (from the archives)

When you manage others, you are evaluated  based on the work your employees perform (by your customers, by your boss, etc.).  This can feel like a very risky proposition, if you don’t know how to get your employees to do good work.  Here are some of the reasons I’ve encountered that employees don’t perform. You don’t act like…

Why’s it so hard to say no? (from the archives)

Stop! You can say No!! It’s been a long time since I’ve written something new. Why’s that, you ask? Well, I’ve been taking care of some basics. But it’s really hard to slow down because it requires me to say “no” to a lot (and I wasn’t always successful). Why is saying “no” so hard?…