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  • Blog Post: Happiness Quotes Revamped

    I've completely overhauled my collection of happiness quotes.  It was time for a revamp.  Hear what Charlie Brown, Dale Carnegie, Aristotle, Confucius, and more have to say about the art and skill of happiness. Here is the new collection of happiness quotes fresh from the press: Happiness Quotes...
  • Blog Post: Interview with The Entrepreneur's Library on Getting Results the Agile Way

    What is Agile Results all about?   What are the most important keys to using Agile Results to master productivity, time management, and work-life balance? If you've ever wondered what Getting Results the Agile Way is all about, or want to know how to make the most of the book, this is it. ...
  • Blog Post: Bandita Joarder on How Presence is Something You Can Learn

    Bandita is one of the most amazing leaders in the technology arena. She’s not just technical, but she also has business skills, and executive presence. But she didn’t start out that way. She had to learn presence from the school of hard knocks.   Many people think presence is something that...
  • Blog Post: Habits, Dreams, and Goals

    I’ve been talking to people in the halls about what they learned about goals from last year, and what they are going to do differently this year.   We’ve had chats about New Years Resolutions, habits, goals, and big dreams. (My theme is Dream Big for 2015.) Here are a few of the insights that...
  • Blog Post: Use 30 Days of Getting Results to Help You Reach Your Goals for 2015

    Several Summers back, I used a 30 Day Improvement Sprint to share my best insights and best lessons learned on getting results.  I called it 30 Days of Getting Results: 30 Days of Getting Results It’s timeless advice to help you be YOUR best. The overall goal of the site was to help you master productivity...
  • Blog Post: Lessons Learned from John Maxwell Revisited

    I did a major cleanup of my post on lessons learned from John Maxwell: Lessons Learned from John Maxwell It should be much easier to read now.  It was worth cleaning up because John Maxwell is one of the deepest thinkers in the leadership space.  He’s published more than 50 books on leadership...
  • Blog Post: My Story of Personal Transformation

    Everybody has a story.   I thought I would share mine at Sources of Insight: My Story of Personal Transformation It’s the story of how I figured out how to do more of what makes me come alive, and how to share my unique value with the world. It’s a journey, but this story is a look backwards...
  • Blog Post: Get Your Goals On

    “Another year over, And a new one just begun.” – John Lennon Ready to get your game on? January is a great time to focus on what you want out of this year.  As you close out last year, you can reflect on what went well and what things you could improve.   Focus on the growth. January is...
  • Blog Post: Productivity Books to Help You Know More, Be More, and Achieve More

    I’ve put together a roundup of the best productivity books that have helped me get better results in work and life.  It contains many of the same books that I recommend to people and teams that I mentor.  Here is the list: Productivity Books It has a lot of books.  To be productive, it...
  • Blog Post: 10 Big Ideas from A Christmas Carol

    Sometimes with all the hustle and bustle, it can be tough to find the holiday spirit. It’s easy to say “Bah!—Humbug!”, but that’s a spiral down. The key is to find the people and ideas that lift you up and remind you what you’re capable of.   I’ve put together 10 Big Ideas from A Christmas...
  • Blog Post: Former Softie Patricia Walsh Sets a World Record for Blind Triathletes

    I’m always of fan of hearing about how Softies change the world, inside and outside of Microsoft. I was reading Blind Ambition: How to Envision Your Limitless Potential and Achieve the Success You Want by Patricia Walsh.  It’s an inspirational story, as well as an insightful read if you are looking...
  • Blog Post: Emotional Intelligence is a Key Leadership Skill

    You probably already know that emotional intelligence, or “EQ”, is a key to success in work and life. Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify, assess, and control the emotions of yourself, others, and groups. It’s the key to helping you respond vs. react.  When we react, it’s our lizard...
  • Blog Post: The Future of Jobs

    Will you have a job in the future? What will that job look like and how will the nature of work change? Will automation take over your job in the near future? These are the kinds of questions that Ruth Fisher, author of Winning the Hardware-Software Game, has tackled in a series of posts. I wrote a summary...
  • 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...
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