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Where do I focus next?

In productivity, getting things done by neville

In my newsletter of September 8 I first introduced the concept of the 5-stage framework for assessing how well your business is doing. This week, we’re going to take this one step further to see how we can use the framework to not only assess performance, but also how to use the model to plan. What’s in a name? Having …

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The 5 Conflict Management and Negotiation Strategies

In productivity, getting things done by neville

Progress is impossible without conflict – and resolution – of some sort. Yet, we’re never taught how to manage conflict – either in our personal or our professional lives. So we often get stuck in conflict situations without progress, wasting time, effort and emotional energy. The same situations occur in leadership teams, sometimes exacerbated by the same big or forceful …

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Building a business is an emotional thing

In productivity, work-life balance, getting things done by neville

The most common reason startups fail is because the founders build something people don’t want. The second most common reason – less well known – is because of disagreement between the founders. When you start out building a company with one or more partners, everything is exciting. There’s the buzz of the startup, the excitement of the first product launch, …

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The key to living an authentic life

In getting things done, life by neville

The “meme” word was first introduced by evolutionary biologist, Richard Dawkins, in 1976. “Meme” comes from the Greek word “mimema” (meaning “something imitated”, American Heritage Dictionary). Dawkins described memes as a being a form of cultural propagation, which is a way for people to transmit social memories and cultural ideas to each other. And they can drive me nuts. The one …

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A slip is not a fall

In getting things done, life by neville

Some 92% of us don’t achieve our New Year’s resolutions. There are many reasons we fail at reaching our goals – everything from biting off too much or not having a plan to patently unrealistic way-out-there goals that are way too big to achieve without breaking them down into smaller bites. Often we will give up after the first failure – …

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Three things I learned as a turnaround CEO

In getting things done, team, life by neville

This is a personal story. I’ve been hesitant in publishing this because I was not sure that other people could get value from it. But on the recommendation of a few trusted advisors I am publishing it now – the lessons apply broadly to anyone in a leadership position. The story is set in 2001-2003 when I had just joined …

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Dealing with Overwhelm

In productivity, work-life balance, getting things done, life by neville

Tsunamis are one of nature’s greatest forces of destruction. Formed in the sea by earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions or meteorite impacts, they can travel at incredible speeds and cause unimaginable destruction. The deeper the water, the faster the tsunami. In the deep ocean, tsunamis can move as fast as a jet plane, over 500 miles per hour, and can cross …