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They say you can admire people from afar, but can only see their character up close.  I’ve known John & worked with him for a few years in some of his past ventures, but what I really cherish were our weekly coaching calls together (I’m not sure he’d call them that, but coach me…he did.)  During some of those weekly calls, I picked up a few lessons from John that helped shape my worldview, and also got to see his character.  I can vouch that he is the real deal.  He truely tries to help as many people as possible, all while not sacrificing his ideals as an entrepreneur and husband / father.  Here are a few tidbits that I’ve picked up from our relationship together that will forever help me.  I hope they help you too.

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The Myth of Productivity

December 27, 2014 — 1 Comment

Every ambitious person wants their work to matter. No one wants to leave the earth with their best potential left untapped. For the tech-savvy among us, Bleeding-edge productivity apps help me stay on top of every input that comes my way. Omnifocus, Things, and OmniPlan are some of my current favs. However, there’s a balance of reflection and execution. The productivity myth that I’ve bought into…..hook, line, and sinker is this:

A new app or different way of looking at my contexts will make me *more* productive.

The truth is, no matter *how* you slice the inventory of your life’s commitments, ultimately….your system only works as much as *you* do.

So, the next time you’re tempted to slice your data, contexts, GTD, etc. differently….first make sure it isn’t a sneaky excuse to avoid other work you should already be doing.

New Rhythm, New Year

December 26, 2014 — 1 Comment

I don’t know what it is about the life cycle of a new year, but it always feels right to take a fresh look at my life systems and rhythm during the final week of 2014.

I’ve heard a preacher once say that “Health clubs and churches” are both packed in January, and there’s a reason for that. Most people give themselves permission to take a fresh look at their habits in January, because that’s what our culture dictates. But what about mid-March when the cultural influence has worn off?

If you’ve found a change worth making, isn’t it also worth setting up outside reinforcement that keeps you reminded of that change after the sugar-high of a new year’s worn off?

So, the *real* question isn’t “What should I do?” this year, but “What’s motivating me to *want* these changes, and how can I get reconnected to that original inspiration after the excitement’s worn off?”

Randy LewisToday on The ProGuide, we interview Randy Lewis.  He’s the former Vice President of Walgreens, Peace Corps volunteer, Fortune 50 executive and accidental advocate who led Walgreens’ logistics division for sixteen years as the chain grew from 1,500 to 8,000 stores. Randy introduced an inclusive model in Walgreens distribution centers that resulted in ten percent of its workforce consisting of people with disabilities who are held to the same standards as those without disabilities. Its success has changed the lives of thousands with and without disabilities and is serving as a model for other employers in the U.S and abroad.  His new book explores that process: There’s No Greatness Without Goodness.

Hear the interview after the jump!

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