Timely Insights

  • Commit to an Advisory Board. . .

I love PROFIT magazine’s current series of Growth Planner instalments, timely advice for entrepreneurs from their peer group. The most recent is a short article by Greig Clark of College Pro Painters on the advantages of setting up and maintaining an Advisory Board.

He offers a concentration of sound, practical advice that is pure gold for business owners and consultants alike. Take a few moments to digest and then reflect; if you appreciate the style, sign up for PROFIT’s newsletter and follow the series.

  • Go for It Now – or Later?. . .

Harvard professor David I. Laibson has authored a great article that explains how we make gratifying decisions – where we resolve to exercise more, but end up in front of the TV at the end of the day instead of at the gym; we promise to clean up our diet and then overindulge at the office holiday party; we pledge to put money away for retirement, but end up maxing out credit cards that charge 14 percent interest.

This is insightful and illuminating, whether you’re trying to understand your own or other’s behaviors; it seems that a deeper understanding of how our minds work is becoming a compelling topic for all leaders.

  • HBR's 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself . . .
The path to your own professional success starts with a critical look in the mirror. What you see there — your greatest strengths and deepest values — are the foundations you must build on. Harvard has combed through hundreds of HBR articles on managing yourself and selected the most important ones to help you.

This collection of best-selling articles includes: "Managing Oneself"; "Management Time: Who's Got the Monkey?"; "How Resilience Works"; "Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time"; "Overloaded Circuits: Why Smart People Underperform"; "Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life"; "Reclaim Your Job"; "Moments of Greatness: Entering the Fundamental State of Leadership"; "What to Ask the Person in the Mirror" and "Primal Leadership: The Hidden Driver of Great Performance".

These collections can save you time and help you meet a specific management challenge. One-page overviews draw out the main points. Annotated bibliographies point you to related resources. Includes original HBR articles.

 Quotable Quotes . . .

"The happiest people don't have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have."                                         -- Anonymous
"The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action."   
                                  -- John Dewey
"Failure is never final and success is never ending. Success is a journey, not a destination."
-- Ben Sweetland