My Week Using An Email Autoresponder And Whether I'd Keep Up The New Habit

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Last week I ranted about the implausibility of reaching inbox zero and challenged readers, and myself, to set up an autoresponder to help manage the daily influx of emails.I hypothesized that using an autoresponder every day could help me acknowledge the receipt of emailers’ messages and simultaneou

5 Ways To Change The Way Your Think About Negative Life Events

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When it comes to being resilient, the ability to reframe is an essential skill. Reframing is the ability to look at a situation or circumstance in a new way, giving it a more positive or insightful spin.“At the simplest level, it’s changing perspectives--changing the way you look at something or try

6 Reasons You Should Quit The Job You Love

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I recently left my job at a major technology company to go elsewhere, and I'm often asked why.It certainly wasn't because I didn't like my previous role. For the last eight years I worked at a company I loved. I loved the people I worked with and the products we developed.It also wasn't because I wa

5 Simple Steps Towards More Mindful Meetings

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In dinner conversations and corporate conference rooms around the world, mindfulness and meditation are becoming increasingly common discussion topics.At the same time, employees are spending more and more of their time in mindless meetings, and by most estimates, 50% of that time is wasted.What if

The Delusional Fantasies We Live With Each Day

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We fail at creating new habits because of fantasies.We procrastinate because of fantasies.We get frustrated with other people, with ourselves, because of fantasies.We miss out on the wonder of the world because of fantasies.We all live our lives in delusion most of the time. That might not seem true

How 3 Entrepreneurs' Passion Projects Transformed Their Day Jobs

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Sue Chen was one of those rare twenty-something entrepreneurs who launched a business just barely out of college. It took a young eye to start Nova Medical Products an entire collection of stylish home medical equipment that ditched the Medicare model and sold directly to retailers.Over the course o

The Most Popular Blog Posts of the Year (so far…)

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Here are the Six Most Popular Service Blog Posts of the year (so far). Each provides content and context with tools and tips you can apply right away. Take these now and share them with the leaders in your

The Best Of Peter Drucker

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Peter Drucker’s 2001 paper, “Will The Corporation Survive?” is a great introduction to his thinking and still remarkably fresh. There were however some things he couldn’t have

How Becoming A Parent Made Me A Better Manager

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Lately, I’ve been addressed a lot as “Mom,” and not just by my toddler--my baby is still too young to talk. There’s the nurse at the pediatrician’s office (“Okay, Mom, just hold her like this”--as my daughter tries to squirm her way out of immunization shots). There are the teachers at preschool (“W

5 Free Apps For Making Good Habits And Breaking Bad Ones

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We threw down the first “Habits Challenge” gauntlet today--check it out here--on wrangling your inbox using auto-replies. If you’re ready to crush the competition (the competition is yourself), this habit-tracking edition of Free App Friday is for you.As always, while they're free now, we can't guar