Four Elements of Successful Communication

I’ve written many times about communicating effectively, including here, here, and here. That’s all useful information which you may want to review. Now I’d like to take a different tack and talk about four key considerations that will help you improve your

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The Power of Yes

There’s a vast difference between the type of communication where people are trying to win or prove themselves right, and the type where people are trying to find the truth or the best way forward. Unfortunately, too much of our daily communication

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Reasons to Expand Your Limits

I feel I owe you an apology. In previous posts, here and here, I’ve shared some of my methods for expanding my self-imposed limits that had the potential to hold me back from growing my capabilities and range of experiences. I hoped

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Handling a Crisis – Part 2

As I’ve written before, it’s simply not possible to navigate your work and your life without experiencing a crisis or two. While it’s important to try and avoid them as much as possible, it’s even more important to cultivate your ability to

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First Priority: Urgent and Important

This has been said many times, by me and by others. But it’s so central to productivity and success that I’m going to say it again: Of all the things pulling at your time and attention, focus first and foremost on what’s

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To Succeed, Get Comfortable with Failure

There are countless elements that contribute to productivity and success. I’ve covered many of the important ones in this space, and will continue to cover more of them for as long as I can. One that’s often undervalued, however, is getting comfortable

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The Power of Apology

There’s an undeniable and often overlooked power of apology that everyone can benefit from mastering. I’m not talking about unwarranted apologies that stem from a lack of confidence, such as apologies people offer, as I wrote, “when they’ve done nothing wrong, undercutting

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The Power of Mastery

As you no doubt recognize, there are a great many pathways toward higher levels of productivity and success. On this website, I’ve been showing you some of them, and will continue to show you more. But I want to take a small

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Practices to Build Confidence

I’ve written before about psychological ways to build your confidence, including this column, and this column. Now I’d like to suggest some behavioral practices that demonstrate personal confidence. Exhibiting these behaviors in your work and your life can be helpful in at

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The Power of Concentration

There’s much talk about the power of “multi-tasking,” but generally it’s all wrong. Scientists have discovered that it’s difficult or even impossible to do two things at once. Sure, you may be able to hum a tune in your head while performing

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