The number one goal for you, and for everyone on your team, is to protect the QBR so that the QBR can drive the business forward without distraction or interruption.
Specificity is a crucial ingredient. The more focused and particular a gathering is, the more narrowly it frames itself and the more passion it arouses.
The researchers evaluated the campaign of bombing in Britain in early WWII. In the midst of the chaos of the bombings, how did the posters “Keep Calm and Carry On?” do? Were they effective in calming the nerves of the people frayed by the bombings? Do people find and pursue goals regardless of if the […]
Alex Honnold is a climber that climbs without ropes on some of the hardest routes in the world. One mental slip and he’s dead, so of course he cuts all social media in the month before the hardest stuff he does. We need more of this in business. Newport supposes that in the future there […]
Today, most marketers don’t have a data problem—they have a filtering problem. There is an endless sea of data to be gathered, from heatmaps to affinity categories and every granular detail in between. And that data is only as useful as your ability to put it to work. However, this issue is solved with the […]
Picking a few priorities is only half the equation. The other half is the harsh requirement that you must obsess over your chosen area of focus to excel.
Certainly there are seasons in life that require focused time and commitment. And we should never discourage working hard on things that matter. Unfortunately, however, most of us have become busy over all the wrong things and we have allowed false assumptions to drive our schedules.
While I have nothing against promotions, sales, or projects, it’s just a fact that humans are absolutely terrible at working that way. We’re lousy focusers, we spend far more hours at the office than needed, and we’re horrible estimators of how long things will take. This is all people I’m talking about — it’s how […]
Deliberate practice isn’t a lot of fun, and it’s not immediately profitable. It means being in the pool before sunrise, working on your swing or stride when you could be hanging out with friends, practicing fingering or breathing in a windowless room, spending hours perfecting details that only a few other people will ever notice. […]
When people don’t understand the power of the ONE Thing, they try to do too much — and because this never works over time, they end up making a horrific deal with themselves. They go for success by sacrificing their health. They stay up late, miss meals or eat poorly, and completely ignore exercise. Personal […]