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RickLynchLieutenant General Rick Lynch has distinguished himself as an exceptional leader and strategist through his chameleon-like ability to adapt to change despite the most challenging obstacles. From surmounting his parents’ inability to pay for college by gaining entry to West Point to leading “The Surge” in Iraq as Army General with only six weeks to prepare, Lieutenant General Lynch has constructed a disciplined and effective mantra for success, which he shares with audiences across the country today.  We talk about his brand new book, Adapt or Die – Front Line Principles from an American General.

Hear the interview after the jump!

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The Strategy of Planning Your Weeks Using SoftwareLeadership – For Starters:

People define leadership in so many ways.  My personal definition is the stewardship of influence.  Influence is gained when people trust you.  And trust is created when we make and keep commitments to ourselves and others…..whether implicitly or explicitly.

Using Things Software to fill in the gaps

If you’re like me (a recovering people pleaser), it’s super important that you keep tabs on the commitments you’ve made.  I have areas of my life that need to stay on auto-pilot, but I haven’t kept tabs on them all myself.   Using the scheduling feature of software is a great way to trigger me to remember things at the right days and times.  That helps keep the wheels from coming off while freeing up our mental space.  Like David Allen said in our interview, our mind is for *having* ideas, not for *holding* them.  Creating a trusted set of reminders put stakeholders in the ground to allow us to look at our lives objectively.  It helps us think about what we should be thinking about!

For our purposes, we’ll be using CulturedCode’s Things app.  As always, check out the trial version of Things here.

Getting it Done:

1.  First, you’ll want to click on the “Scheduled” section of the Things App.  This is where we keep everything in life we have on autopilot.  The Scheduled section.  Where the magic happens

 

2.  Then, click on the “New Repeating” button at the bottom of the app.  This will create our reminder.

Leadership via repeating tasks

3.  Set the appropriate interval for the reminder.  The nifty thing about Things is that you can completely customize those intervals.  Need to remember to get that dry-cleaning done every other Tuesday?  No problem.  Picking the kids up from soccer practice every third Thursday?  That’s fine too!

The ability to set custom intervals.  Yay!

4.  Check your “Today” tab every morning.  When the appropriate day arrives, you get to see all the reminders for that day in a singular location.  Easy!

Custom automation shows up in your Today list

 

In conclusion:

That’s the gist of it!  Auto-repeating reminders have been a Godsend for me.  It’s the secretary I’ve never had, and it helps me keep tabs not only on “what I’m thinking about”…but “How I’m thinking about it.”  It’s so useful when you get to work on your own system while you’re in it.  Hope you’ve found this post helpful!

What about you?  Do you use Things or GTD software or any other life-management methodology?  What works for you?

SteveFordeOn this episode of the The ProGuide, Steve Forde (Product Manager for Adobe After Effects) shares what influencing the direction on a major piece of software is like, how they decide what features get added, and what role the community plays.

Interview with Steve Forde from Adobe:

Key Points:

  • Who is Steve Forde, and what background does he have in Special Effects?
  • How did he start working for adobe?
  • How do they decide what new features make it in to new versions of After Effects?
  • And more!

What about you?  Did you enjoy the interview?  What was your biggest take-away?

JennLimOn this episode of the ProGuide, we hang with Jenn Lim, CEO of Delivering Happiness, a company that she and Tony Hsieh (CEO of Zappos) co-created in 2010 to inspire happiness in work, community and everyday life. In 2005, she created the first Zappos Culture Book – now on its 7th edition – and has produced them ever since.  We chat about how the movement got started, and what it takes to inspire a culture of happy people.

Episode 042: Zappos Delivering Happiness CEO, Jenn Lim

Key Points:

  • How did Zappos come up with their culture book?
  • What is a chief happiness officer responsible for?
  • What essential elements inspire a culture that is fun…..and a little weird?
  • And more!

What about you?  Did you enjoy the interview?  What was your biggest take-away?