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  • Blog Post: How To Think Like a Microsoft Executive

    One of the things I do, as a patterns and practices kind of guy, is research and share success patterns.  One of my more interesting bodies of work is my set of patterns and practices for successful executive thinking. A while back, I interviewed several Microsoft executives to get their take on...
  • Blog Post: Ten at Ten Meetings

    Ten at Ten are a very simple tool for helping teams stay focused, connected, and collaborate more effectively, the Agile way. I’ve been leading distributed teams and v-teams for years.   I needed a simple way to keep everybody on the same page, expose issues, and help everybody on the team...
  • Blog Post: 10 Big Ideas from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

    It’s long over-do, but I finally wrote up my 10 Big Ideas from the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People . What can I say … the book is a classic. I remember when my Dad first recommended that I read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People long ago.   In his experience, while Tony Robbins was...
  • Blog Post: Inspirational Work Quotes at a Glance

    What if your work could be your ultimate platform? … your ultimate channel for your growth and greatness? We spend a lot of time at work.  For some people, work is their ultimate form of self-expression .  For others, work is a curse. Nobody stops you from using work as a chance to challenge...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Company Where Everyone Gives Their Best

    “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” —Steve Jobs What does it take to create a company where everybody gives their best where they have their best...
  • Blog Post: Success Articles for Work and Life

    "Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." -- Winston Churchill I now have more than 300 articles on the topic of Success to help you get your game on in work and life: Success Articles That’s a whole lot of success strategies and insights right at your...
  • Blog Post: 100+ Motivational Quotes to Inspire Your Greatness

    I updated my Motivational Quotes page. I’ve got more than 100 motivational quotes on the page to help you find your inner-fire. It’s not your ordinary motivational quotes list.   It’s deep and it draws from several masters of inspiration including Bruce Lee, Jim Rohn, and Zig Ziglar. Here is...
  • Blog Post: Fearless Speaking

    “Do one thing every day that scares you.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt I did a deep dive book review. This time, I reviewed Fearless Speaking . The book is more than meets the eye. It’s actually a wealth of personal development skills at your fingertips and it’s a powerful way to grow your personal leadership...
  • Blog Post: 100 Articles to Sharpen Your Mind

    Actually, it's more than 100 articles for your mind.  I've tagged my articles with "mind" on Sources of Insight that focus on increasing your "intellectual horsepower": Articles on Mind Power and the Power of Thoughts Here are a few of the top mind articles that you can quickly...
  • Blog Post: Time is The Great Equalizer

    Time really is the great equalizer. I was reading an article by Dr. Donald E. Wemore, a time management specialist, and here’s what he had to say: "Time is the great equalizer for all of us. We all have 24 hours in a day, 7 days a week, yielding 168 hours per week. Take out 56 hours for sleep (we...
  • Blog Post: Simplicity is the Ultimate Enabler

    “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” – Albert Einstein Simplicity is among the ultimate of pursuits.  It’s one of your most efficient and effective tools in your toolbox.  I used simplicity as the basis for my personal results system, Agile Results , and it’s...
  • Blog Post: Engineer Your Own Luck

    “Chance favors the prepared mind.” - Louis Pasteur Are you feeling lucky? If you’re an engineer or a developer, you’ll appreciate the idea that you can design for luck , or stack the deck in your favor. How do you do this? As Harry Golden said, "The only thing that...
  • Blog Post: High-Performance Patterns: Find Your Personal High-Performance Pattern

    At Microsoft, it’s a high-performance culture.  There are high-expectations as well as regular one-on-ones, ongoing feedback, training and development opportunities, mentoring, performance reviews, and more. To keep up with the game, you need a combination of learning proven practices for personal...
  • Blog Post: High-Performance Mode for Outstanding Personal Performance

    One of the best books I’ve been reading on personal high-performance is Patterns of High Performance: Discovering the Ways People Work Best, by Jerry L. Fletcher. In the book, Fletcher explains the difference between getting results through grind-it-out mode vs. high-performance mode . The gist is this...
  • Blog Post: Physical Intelligence and How To Live Longer with Skill

    I’ve added another category to Sources of Insight: Physical Intelligence I think it’s a good way to consolidate, integrate, and synthesize all of the body, health, fitness, and mind-body connection stuff.   I’m also increasingly appreciative of the power of intelligence .   ...
  • Blog Post: 10 Big Ideas from Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

    My parents taught me early on to focus on growth over greatness. The idea was that while natural ability can take you only so far, it’s things like curiosity, challenges, continuous learning, the power of persistence, taking risks, etc. that would take you further. They also taught me that if I worried...
  • Blog Post: Social Intelligence and 95 Articles to Give You an Unfair Advantage

    Social Intelligence is hot. I added a new category at Sources of Insight to put the power of Social Intelligence at your fingertips: Social Intelligence (Note that you can get to Social Intelligence from the menu under “More Topics …”) I wanted a simple category to capture and consolidate the wealth...
  • Blog Post: 10 Big Ideas from XYZ

    I’m trying out a new way to do book reviews, to share more value in a better, faster, and easier way, with a predictable experience.   My new approach is to focus on 10 big ideas. Here’s an example: 10 Big Ideas from BRIEF Side note – BRIEF is a powerful book with hard-core techniques for getting...
  • Blog Post: How To Have Your Best Year Ever

    There’s a little trick I learned about how to have your best year ever: Commit to Your Best Year Ever That’s it. And, it actually works. When you decide to have your best year ever, and you make it a mission, you find a way to make it happen. You embrace the challenges and the changes that come you way...
  • Blog Post: Declaration of Interdependence

    You might already know the Agile Manifesto : Individuals and interactions over processes and tools Working software over comprehensive documentation Customer collaboration over contract negotiation Responding to change over following a plan But do you know the Declaration of Interdependence : We increase...
  • Blog Post: The Power of Annual Reviews for Personal Development

    Talk about taking some things for granted.  Especially when it’s a love-hate relationship.  I’m talking about Annual Reviews.  I didn’t realize how valuable they can be when you own the process and you line them up with your bigger goal setting for life.  I’ve done them for so long...
  • Blog Post: 25 Holiday Classic Movies and a Lesson Learned

    A few years back, I put together a roundup of 25 holiday classic movies to help people find their holiday spirit: What 25 Holiday Classics Teach Us About Life and Fun The post was pretty broken in terms of formatting, but the content is evergreen, so I took the time to revamp it.  It should be 1000...
  • Blog Post: Personal Development Articles Free and At Your Fingertips

    Browse free personal development articles that will elevate your game in work and life.   If you have a passion for personal development, then you’ll enjoy this knowledge base of personal development articles on Sources of Insight: Personal Development Articles There are more than a 1,000 personal...
  • Blog Post: Lists at a Glance

    Lists are your friend when it comes to productivity, focus, and personal effectiveness.   If you’re  a Program Manager, you already know the value of lists, whether it’s a list of scenarios, a list of features, a list of bugs, a list of milestones, a list of open work, etc. I use lists...
  • Blog Post: 10 Emotional Intelligence Articles for Improving Your Effectiveness in Work and Life

    Emotional intelligence is one of the most important tools to add to your tool belt, whether you are a leader, a manager, a manager of managers, or an individual contributor that needs to influence without authority. Emotional intelligence is “the ability to identify, assess, and control the emotions...
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