Good bye Getting Things Done — Hello Pomodoro Technique

I wrapped up my Reluctant Rainmaker II webinar series this morning.  It was great.  One idea that came out of this morning's discussion came from Geoff Thompson of Avaion Inc. In the series, we'd talked about the importance of accountability tools in building new habits.  Geoff (the British version of Jeff) mentioned he uses the Pomodoro Technique. I've lifted the following straight from the "Pomodoro Technique" page on Wikipedia (link above): Decide on the task to be done Set the ..

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The Advantages of being a big fish in a small pond

I'm a big fan of Gladwell's latest book. His string of best sellers includes Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers. A few days after it's release, I saw David & Goliath was already #3 among new books on Amazon.com. I've loved the book. I recommend it. Here's the official blurb you'll find about this book at Amazon.com: "Three thousand years ago on a battlefield in ancient Palestine, a shepherd boy felled a mighty warrior with nothing more than a stone and a sling, and ever since then the ..

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Accountability: Practice of Champions?

If I haven't said this before, my original interest in "accountability" was as a tool big-hearted managers could use to support underperforming employees.  The underperformer creates his/her accountability process, they follow it (or not), it gets tweaked (or not) and it works (or not).  In the end, either the employee performs at an acceptable level or demonstrates to themselves and the boss that they are unwilling to do what it takes to perform at an acceptable ..

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