Minimalist Manager Challenge Part 6: Gratitude Day

For task 6 in my #MinimalistManager journey, I explored opportunities to show gratitude.

In this post, you will hear what I learned about expressing gratitude, what surprised me, and the profound effect it had on me personally and professionally.

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Minimalist Manager Challenge Part 4: Organize Office

The 4th task in my #MinimalistManager Challenge is here, and by random selection that means it’s time to…

Organize my office!

Several things went wrong on this particular task. I will be sharing ALL the nitty-gritty details with you below.

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Vision and Mission FAQs: Facebook Live #1 [Video]

Have you ever wondered what makes a good vision statement, and whether or not it’s necessary for your business to succeed?

I answer these questions—and much more—in a Live Facebook Video session.

View the video here, or read the transcript below (which includes bonus content!)

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Is Your Strategic Plan in SHAPE?

As much as we try, there are some things that come naturally and some things that don’t.

One of those “love-it-or-hate-it” activities is business planning, also known as strategic planning. The whole point of doing this is to define your organization’s:

  • overall direction (Strategy),
  • which goals you want to achieve (Objectives),
  • using which actions and resources (Tactics), and
  • how you’ll know it was successful (Measures).

I abbreviate Vision, Mission, Values, Objectives, and Measures with the acronym VMVOM.

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The Ultimate Strategic Planning Framework Tool: Introduction

My great-grandmother, like most women in the early 1900s, had two sets of dishes. One was a plain set for everyday family meals, and the other was a very fancy set that she only brought out on special occasions. Each plate, cup, and saucer was decorated with a design of delicate pink roses, curled ivy, and a beautiful gold inlay that encircled the scalloped edges.

She left the set to my grandmother, who then passed it on to my mother, who quickly discovered that fine china with gold detail is no match for the power of a modern dishwasher. The inconvenience of hand-washing every single item (and the risk of chipping or breaking the dishes) was too great. So those heirloom dinner dishes were hidden away in a china cabinet and only emerged on rare occasions.

As a strategic risk expert, I believe many leaders treat their strategic plan like a set of fine china. They know their plan is important; they invest time and money to create it. The final plan is detailed, logical, and beautiful.

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