I’ve always been a big proponent that you make time for the things and people that matter. Sounds simple, right? Then, why do so many not implement this better in their lives? Let me take a moment to recognize this more explicitly.
I touched on Laura Vanderkam’s TED Talk “How to Gain Control of Your Free Time” in last week’s post. In it, she shares a story of a woman who had a leak in her home. Coordinating with plumbers, and getting everything resolved, the woman estimated that it probably took seven hours of attention. That’s seven hours of “stuff” the woman hadn’t planned on doing. If you were to ask her (or most anyone) to find seven hours in the week before, she’d have told you, “heck, no, I don’t have seven hours. I’m busy!”
I was thinking of Laura’s talk in conjunction with Jacob Christensen’s How Will You Measure Your Life. Specifically, I’m aligning “making time” with Christensen’s Resources-Processes-Priorities framework. We make (process) time (resources) for the things th…
On my recent Delta flight, I read an interesting leadership
article in Delta’s Sky magazine – the feature piece being an
interview of two of the NCAA’s most successful coaches – Coach MikeKrzyzewski (Coach “K”) of Duke’s men’s basketball team and Coach Urban Meyer of
Ohio State football with five and three national championships, respectively.
Given these two coaches’ storied careers, their leadership
has incredible sustainability. Here are my take-aways from the article: Both coaches took leave of absences in their
careers due to medical concerns. Their successes cultivated deeper motivations
to win exacting significant physical, mental, social, and emotional tolls.
After stepping away, however, each returned to coaching posts to continue
winning ways, but implemented mechanisms and understanding to keep themselves
in check. Take-away: To operate in peak
form like their respective teams, leaders, too, need to ensure
self-maintenance.The interviewer asked the coaches about social
Ever stop to think about who you are? What makes you tick
and tock? How about what you truly enjoy and what you’re good at vs. not good
at? Or what/ who has shaped you into the person you are today?
I’m at this stage of figuring out whether to continue independent
consulting while iterating on ideas for the next startup or take on some
full-time employment (consulting, product management, or otherwise). My recent
post about my daily/
weekly schedule was an interesting exercise in stepping back and
recognizing what I’m actually doing in a day, and made me really think at the
In one of my recent reflections, I thought about defining
moments in my life. One of those watershed events that truly transformed me was
my failure to make the Varsity soccer team in high school. I won’t rehash the
whole story here – shared the story almost a year ago in my post titled “Getting
Through Dark Moments and the Most Vulnerable Story I've Ever Told Publicly”.
It’s this moment that I w…