7 Ways to Generate Your Next Big Business Idea

How do you get your best business ideas? My observation is that most entrepreneurs fall into 2 camps: those that solve their own problems (i.e. “scratch your own itch”) or those who seek exploitable or underserved markets (i.e. “markets matter most”). Personally, I gravitate towards the former: I find it easiest to brainstorm and work […]

Getting Organized

“Losers have goals. Winners have systems.” – Scott Adams, Creator of Dilbert Comic Strip I’ve never been a very organized person.  I don’t plan vacations months in advance.  I forget to respond to emails.  And I’m typically absent-minded, leaving things behind and forgetting appointments. Over the years I’ve tried a number of different tools to […]

Do First Things First

“Effective executives do first things first and they do one thing at a time.” – Peter Drucker We all know we need to prioritize to be effective.  Yet if you’re like me, you still end up wasting obscene amounts of time on unproductive activities.  These frameworks have helped me stay focused on my most important […]

Build On Your Strengths & Interests

“The effective executive looks upon people including himself as an opportunity. He knows that only strength produces results. Weakness only produces headaches – and the absence of weakness produces nothing.  He knows moreover, that the standard of any human group is set by the performance of the leaders.  And he, therefore, never allows leadership performance […]

Achieving Flow

“To do two things at once – is to do neither.” – Roman Philosopher Publilius Syrus We know our BPTs.  We schedule rest and recovery into our work week to give us finishing lines to strive for.  And we’ve started implementing positive energy rituals to maximize the quantity, quality, focus and force of our energy. […]

Riding Oscillation: How to Build Stress and Recovery into your Work Schedule

“Il dolce far niente”  (Italian for “the sweetness of doing nothing”) Who conditioned us to believe that working longer and more continuously is the best route to high productivity? As explained in Managing Energy, not Time, is the Key to High Performance, we are oscillatory beings and therefore need to work stress and recovery into […]

The 4 Dimensions of Energy: Physical, Emotional, Mental and Spiritual

So we’ve figured out our biological prime times (BPTs).  But how can we be fully engaged during those BPTs?  After all, even though I’m a morning person, I’ll waste away some mornings distracted and disengaged.  Why do we give more of ourselves to certain tasks then to others? According to Dr. Jim Loehr, we have […]

Managing Energy, Not Time, is the Key to High Performance

“The ultimate measure of our lives is not how much time we spend on the planet, but rather how much energy we invest in the time we have. “ – Jim Loehr Today’s business culture is obsessed with time efficiency.  We hear it all the time: “Time is money.”  Our computers, mobile phones, and 24/7 […]

Manage Your Energy and Attention

“Energy, not time, is the fundamental currency of high performance.” – Jim Loehr This week we attack a topic that is critically important yet rarely – if ever – taught in business schools: managing your energy and attention for peak performance.  Most of my source material comes from Dr. Jim Loehr’s pioneering book, The Power […]

Work on your Habits

“Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.” – Benjamin Franklin First, recognize the importance of your habits.  They allow us to do many things – both positive and negative – on autopilot.  Reflect on the long-term, cumulative effect each habit will […]