The stress of having time

having time

“I don’t have time” is the main excuse to explain why we don’t do fitness, learn a new language, play golf, learn to paint, read… The list of things we want to do is always expanding and is often a source of regrets. But what happens when there is time, after retirement or success in business for example? In this … Read More

Patience – a rarely used leadership skill

Use patience

The culture of leadership is about doing, doing more, more efficiently and for longer periods. Patience is not on any recommended skill list, but it should. The higher you get, the more patience you must have. The higher you get, the more patience you need Patience is not something you put on your CV, but if you are an executive, you … Read More

One trick to be more confident during an interview

You have lots of power during the hiring process If you are not going to an interview because you are not ready to quit, then stop over-thinking and go! An interview is a negotiation, and you have power.

Vanity metrics of a blog – lean startup methodology

Searching for gold

In the last weeks I read  [amazon text=The Lean Startup&asin=0670921602], a very good book with lots of take away. Today I want to write about how I’m applying the best practices of the book to FrankContrepois.com.  One of the fundamental topic of the lean startup is the measure of success. Are my metrics measuring success toward the blog’s goals or are they vanity metrics that look … Read More

Simon Sinek – how great leaders inspire action

If you don’t know Simon Sinek this Ted talk is the best way to start. His moto “start with why” has change the way people thing about life and business. It’s one of the most popular TED talks with more than 26M views.

A list of business friendly ways to say ” I’m creative “

Be Business Creative

Being creative is not something you put on your CV, but you should. Creativity is a welcome addition at any level of a company, specially in leadership positions. Let me give you some more business friendly names for creativity.

The best way to get promoted is to be vocal about your good work

get and give credit

They don’t know what you’ve done unless you provide the means to show it.  Waiting for the boss to notice, the colleague to show it, is typically not going to work. You need to be vocal about what you have accomplished, and take recognition. Great things need to be shared, good work deserves recognition and talents need to be made visible and cultivated. … Read More

Add the big picture to your todo list

Long term

Right now, you have agreed with yourself and others more than a fifty things to do. From changing the bulb in the kitchen to create the best product for your company. It’s easy to lose the meaning of the task after some days (Why do I have “Call James” on my call list?) or the priorities of tasks if you … Read More