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  • Blog Post: Agile Results for 2016

    Agile Results is the personal productivity system for high-performance. Agile Results is a “whole person” approach to personal productivity. It combines proven practices for mind, body, and emotions. It helps you realize your potential the agile way.  Best of all, it helps you make the most of what...
  • Blog Post: Productivity Power Magazine

    "Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before." -- Franz Kafka One of my experiments over the weekend was to do a fast roundup of my productivity articles. Here it is --   Productivity Power Magazine: Productivity Power Magazine I wanted to create a profound...
  • Blog Post: How To Stay Motivated for 2016 with a Vision Board

    "Big thinking precedes great achievement." -- Wilferd Peterson The way to stay motivated for 2016 is to begin with your end in mind. Keep in mind that your end in mind is dynamic, and it will change as you change, but it's still a great place to start. A simple way to visualize your end in...
  • Blog Post: Prime Your Mind for 2016

    “Chance favors the prepared mind.” -- Louis Pasteur The future is either created or destroyed by the decisions we make and the actions we take. It's 2016 and change is in the air. For some people, this time of year is their favorite. It's a time of year filled with hope, possibility, and dreams. ...
  • Blog Post: Agile Results for Year-End Reflection

    If you use Agile Results, from Getting Results the Agile Way , as your productivity system, you already know that the key to the system is using The Rule of Three: Three Wins for Your Day Three Wins for Your Week Three Wins for Your Month Three Wins for Your Year This helps you prioritize outcomes and...
  • Blog Post: How To Defeat Procrastination

    “I never put off till tomorrow what I can possibly do - the day after.” ― Oscar Wilde Procrastination is a silent killer of hopes, dreams, and aspirations.  It’s one of those quiet energy vampires that people don’t always notice, sucking the life force out. Procrastination is a sense of urgency...
  • Blog Post: 10 Personal Productivity Tools from Agile Results

    “Great acts are made up of small deeds.“ -- Lao Tzu The best productivity tools are the ones you actually use and get results. I'll share some quick personal productivity tools from Agile Results, introduced in the book, Getting Results the Agile Way. Agile Results is a Personal Results System for work...
  • Blog Post: Your New Technical Skills

    One of the struggles a developer faces when moving up the ladder is how to keep their technical skills. If they are used to being a high-performing, individual contributor, and a technical go-to resource, this is especially challenging. Why? Because the job is different, now. It’s no...
  • Blog Post: Teach the World Your Skills in a Mobile-First, Cloud-First World

    “Be steady and well-ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work.” -- Gustave Flaubert An important aspect of personal effectiveness and career development is learning business skills for a technology-centric world. I know a lot of developers figuring out...
  • Blog Post: Personal Effectiveness Toolbox

    “Private Victory precedes Public Victory. Algebra comes before calculus.” – Stephen Covey At last.  It’s here.  It’s my Personal Effectiveness Toolbox : Personal Effectiveness Toolbox It’s the real deal.  This is my hand-picked collection of principles, patterns, practices, and tools to...
  • Blog Post: 3 Fights Each Day

    “Sometimes the prize is not worth the costs. The means by which we achieve victory are as important as the victory itself.” ― Brandon Sanderson Every day presents us with new challenges.  Whether it’s a personal struggle, or a challenge at work, or something that requires you to stand and deliver...
  • Blog Post: The Top 10 Project Management Books

    "No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra." — H.E. Luccock Being an effective program manager at Microsoft means knowing how to make things happen.  While being a program manager requires a lot more than project management, project management is still at the core. Project...
  • Blog Post: The Ultimate Personal Productivity Platform is You

    “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” ― Stephen King The ultimate personal productivity platform is you. Let’s just put that on the table right up front so you know where personal productivity ultimately comes from.  It’s you. I can’t possibly give you...
  • Blog Post: What Life is Like with Agile Results

    “Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow.” -- Mary Anne Radmacher Imagine if you could wake up productive, where each day is a fresh start. As you take in your morning breath, you notice your mind is calm...
  • Blog Post: 30 Day Sprints for Personal Development: Change Yourself with Skill

    "What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when we bring what is within us out into the world, miracles happen." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson I've written about 30 Day Sprints before, but it's time to talk about them again: 30 Day Sprints help...
  • Blog Post: Hugh MacLeod’s Illustrated Guide to Life Inside Microsoft

    If you remember the little blue monster that says, “Microsoft, change the world or go home.”, you know Hugh MacLeod. Hugh is the creative director at Gaping Void.  I got to meet Hugh, along with Jason Korman (CEO), and Jessica Higgins, last week to talk through some ideas. Hugh uses cartoons as...
  • Blog Post: The Best Productivity Book for Free

    "At our core, Microsoft is the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world." -- Satya Nadella We take productivity seriously at Microsoft. Ask any Softie. I never have a lack of things to do, or too much time in my day, and I can't ever make "too much"...
  • Blog Post: Skilled for Life

    A while back, a colleague challenged me to find something simple and sticky for the big idea behind Sources of Insight.  After trying several phrases, here’s the one that stuck: Skilled for Life He liked it because it had punch.  It also had a play on words, and you could read it two different...
  • Blog Post: Dealing with People You Can’t Stand

    “If You Want To Go Fast, Go Alone. If You Want To Go Far, Go Together” – African Proverb I blew the dust off some olds posts to rekindle some of the most important information for work and life. It’s about dealing with people you can’t stand. Whether you think of them as jerks, bullies, or just difficult...
  • Blog Post: Visionary Leadership: How To Be a Visionary Leader (Or at Least Look Like One)

    “Remember this: Anticipation is the ultimate power. Losers react; leaders anticipate.” – Tony Robbins Have you ever noticed how some leaders have a knack for "the art of the possible" and for making it relevant to the current landscape? They are Visionary Leaders and they practice Visionary...
  • Blog Post: Are You an Integration Specialist?

    Some people specialize in a narrow domain.  They are called specialists because they focus on a specific area of expertise, and they build skills in that narrow area. Rather than focus on breadth, they go for depth. Others focus on the bigger picture or connecting the dots.  Rather than focus...
  • Blog Post: Life Quotes That Will Change Your Life

    Life’s better with the right words. And life quotes can help us live better . Life quotes are a simple way to share some of the deepest insights on the art of living, and how to live well. While some people might look for wisdom in a bottle, or in a book, or in a guru at the top of a mountain, surprisingly...
  • Blog Post: Boost Your Confidence with the Right Words

    Confidence is one of those things that makes all the difference when it comes to realizing your potential. So many people have great ideas and great ambitions, but lack the confidence to follow through when it counts. They hold themselves back. Their amazing and bold ideas turn into lackluster ideas...
  • Blog Post: 7 Habits of Highly Motivated People

    Motivation is a powerful skill. It can lift you up from the worst of places, and inspire you to new heights. After all, nothing is worse than slogging your way through your days, or working your way through a bunch of mundane tasks. But, like I said, motivation is a skill. You need to learn it.  ...
  • Blog Post: 10 Leadership Ideas to Improve Your Influence and Impact

    "In a battle between two ideas, the best one doesn't necessarily win. No, the idea that wins is the one with the most fearless heretic behind it." -- Seth Godin One leadership idea can change your life in an instant. Like the right key, the right leadership idea can instantly unlock or unleash...
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