Four ways to ask for a promotion with vastly different results

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Ask for a promotion if you aren’t offered one You don’t ask for a promotion because you want your boss to offer it to you. Getting offered a promotion feels great. She does the hard thinking. You don’t have to go to her, because she comes to you. And you are now in the driver’s seat. […]

Episode 89: GTD And Promise-Based Management With Michael Dolan

In this week’s episode, Michael Dolan and I show you how to bring about the results you want in life by combining two powerful action frameworks: Getting Things Done (GTD) and promise-based management. GTD, also known as workflow coaching, helps you manage agreements with yourself. David Allen, my guest on episode 13, outlined this model […]

Guaranteed Miscoordination of Action [Drawing]

This is the second in a series of drawings that illustrate key principles from my podcast and writings. In this case, “miscoordination” is a shorter way of saying “everything gets screwed up.” Which, sometimes, it does. Now, wouldn’t it be nice if you could make this happen less often—if things could consistently go smoothly? What […]

Episode 79: Integral Mashup On Managing Promises [The Amiel Show]

Introducing… the first integral mashup on managing promises. I’ve pulled short audio clips from five past interviews and added my own commentary—all on the topic of how we get things done in life through conversation. This is my favorite topic in leadership development, particularly when meshed with other valuable frames, like the idea that we are […]

The Year Ahead [New Post]

Thank you all for listening to my podcast, reading my posts, and sending kudos, queries, and quirky questions. As we close out 2017 and step into 2018, I want to share a few words about what you can expect from staying in conversation with me. Growing as a leader and human being in organizations. This […]

Stop Agreeing To Unclear Requests [New Post]

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Unclear requests wreak havoc in organizations, families, friendships, and civic life. This is particularly true when the one receiving the request blindly says “yes.” What is an unclear request? It’s when you ask me to do something but are vague about what you want. Scenario A: Omission of the “What” Imagine that you are the design manager for a team creating […]