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

Doctor says, “You cannot work more than 4 hours a day”. what do you do?

What is important at work

Imagine that you are at the hospital, talking with a doctor about the impact of work on your health. Doctor says, “You cannot work more than 4 hours a day”.  

Mental Clarity – Start having a life

Mental Clarity

Your life is full of events to attend, projects to follow, things to do urgently, newly arrived top priority activities, phone calls, meetings, customers, promises,  dinners, and so much more. Creating a feeling of stress, anxiety and bad sleep (my measure for stress). But there is a methodology – which I use [and swear by] – to stay on top of all your … Read More

How to survive a crisis and get the positive out of it

heartbeat line

FrankContrepois.com is about living a life where changes are opportunities and crises do not stack up. Overcoming a crisis is the fastest way to improve. It’s how we survived as a specie,  a crisis will make your body generate the right hormones (like adrenaline) that will push your brain and body to evolve, resulting in a better YOU. A big change just happened or … Read More

Live a harmonious LIFE and forget work life balance

LIFE is too complex to be balanced The idea of work/life(style) balance has been extremely useful to introduce priorities and goals outside of work. It is not surprising that work/life balance has gained momentum when the majority of people started to marry for -real- love, when going back home became a positive experience and staying at work to avoid home became the exception. Work/life balance was … Read More

Do you know the seven levels of delegation?

Empower more, share the load, delegate

In “Turn the ship around“, Captain David Marquet, explains how he changed the usual military “leader-follower” style of command into a “leader-leader” approach, transforming his nuclear submarine from the worst one in the US navy to the best one, within a year! One key aspect of this transformation is David’s use of 7 questions and sentences, to empower subordinates, enabling more … Read More

How to embrace failure and succeed

Be fearless and do

The fear of failure is the reason why the majority of good ideas never become real. This is strange as failing is part of our DNA. Try and fail is how we learn to walk, talk and love. Failing is the natural path toward success. A one year old baby will try and discover things continuously, parents will help and support this … Read More

Are you crossing off someone else’s todo list and ignoring yours?

helping others become smarter

Are you crossing off someone else’s todo list and ignoring yours? Do you need to improve your team performance? Do you plan in delegating more but you don’t know how to start? Stop sending immediate answers.  When you deliver immediate answers, what you are really doing is helping people cross off actions from their todo list and procrastinating what is on your todo … Read More

Rehab from smartphone dependence

baby with smartphone

The challenge: one week without a smartphone I want to be smarter, so (as per previous post), I decided to complicate my life a little. I’m experimenting the effects of smartphones on my efficiency by exchanging for a week my two smartphones for a very basic Nokia. Days Setup, Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5 I invite you to follow me … Read More