Mental energy

169: Use a Success List (Instead of a To-do List)

by Monica Harrison on February 13, 2018

Instead of a to-do list, you need a success list — a list that is purposefully created around extraordinary results. A to-do list becomes a success list when you apply Pareto’s Principle to it.

Does it seem like every day you and your team have more and more that “simply must get done”? Do you often feel overbooked, overextended, overcommitted, and “in the weeds”? Do you (or your direct reports) feel like a human pinball, bouncing from task to task throughout the day, hoping to check as many things as possible off your to-do list — but later realizing you didn’t actually accomplish anything that truly matters? [click to continue…]

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168: Singleness of Purpose

by Monica Harrison on February 6, 2018

Success demands singleness of purpose.
~ Vince Lombardi, arguably the greatest football coach of all time

Extraordinarily successful people, companies, and teams always have one product/service/idea they’re most known for or that makes them the most money. They may have other important things too, but only one of them is the most important. [click to continue…]

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165: Using the Domino Effect for Extraordinary Results

January 16, 2018

When one thing (the right ONE Thing) is set in motion, it can topple many things. Even more significant, a single domino can bring down another domino that is 50% larger. That provides that opportunity not only for linear progress, but exponential progress.

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164: The ONE Thing to Do This Week for Extraordinary Results

January 9, 2018

What’s the ONE Thing you (or your team) can do this week such that by doing it, everything else would be easier or unnecessary? Behind every successful person is their ONE Thing. No matter how success is measured, personal or professional, only the ability to dismiss distractions and concentrate on your ONE Thing stands between […]

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Ultimate Multitasking: My Take on the Walking Desk

July 1, 2015

I have used a standing desk since 2008. This week, I added a small treadmill to my setup, thus stepping up to a walking desk. I first began seriously considering a walking desk (also known as a treadmill desk) in 2013 after reading EAT MOVE SLEEP and interviewing the author, Tom Rath. In the summer […]

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073: 14 More Ways Leaders Re-charge Their Batteries: How to Increase Energy, Improve Mood, and Manage Stress

January 23, 2014

Following up on the previous episode, Jesse and his wife Erin discuss 14 additional tactics to increase energy, improve mood, and manage stress. These re-charging tactics may not all work for you, based on your personal wiring and season of life. Pick 1-3 tactics to try this week or month. Keep what works, discard what […]

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072: 14 Ways Leaders Re-charge Their Batteries: How to Increase Energy, Improve Mood, and Manage Stress

January 16, 2014

As leaders, we are wired for action, for serving others, for carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders. But we need to invest in re-energizing practices; otherwise we risk “killing the golden goose” by sapping our health and/or losing our passion. Jesse and his wife Erin have noticed that it can be particularly […]

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28 Ways Leaders Re-charge Their Batteries: How to Increase Energy, Improve Mood, and Manage Stress

December 28, 2013

In 2006, Google became concerned that their highly intelligent, passionate employees were burning out. The effect on Google was significant: illness, lost innovation (even though people still worked long hours), and turnover. In 2007, the company experimented with training 15 director-level Googlers on healthy energy management. Based on the results, Google began expanding the program […]

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Create the Perfect Moment: 6 Ways to Make the Most of Time with Key People

September 6, 2013

Who you are in your personal time directly affects who you are professionally. You either have the discipline of consistently adding value and energy, or you don’t. If you are an Energy Drainer with family and friends, it’s unlikely you are an Energy Leader in your work. By “your work,” I don’t just mean your occupation, […]

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Are You an Energy Leader, or an Energy Drainer? Test Yourself.

August 30, 2013

In his upcoming book Die Empty, (releasing 9/26), Todd Henry explains the importance of establishing a personal “code of ethics,” which is a set of lenses that defines how you engage in your work. One of Henry’s own ethics has been “Energizing.” I would add more energy to any situation than I took away. I […]

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Doing Less, Thinking More, Leading with Greater Impact

April 17, 2013

Recently, I was struck by a similar emphasis from three different thought leaders. Leadership is about the courage and discipline to think things through for ourselves and the moral courage to stand up for what we believe to be right. Self-knowledge can only be gained through introspection, frequently in solitude. Reading books rather than email, […]

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Formula for Leading Human Energy

March 13, 2013

In most endurance races, I push myself to achieve a breakthrough performance. Preparing for a successful race requires weeks and months of focus and discipline. The actual race performance requires energy management. Of course, the same is true of leadership. Race day. All of my training, physical conditioning, and nutritional management has been focused on […]

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