Why Asking "Why" Creates Better Employees - David DeWolf

Why Asking “Why” Creates Better Employees

In his book (and TedTalk) Start with Why, Simon Sinek advocates for “purpose built” marketing. He makes the argument that powerful brands are built from an inspirational purpose and that people are naturally inclined to buy, and be passionate advocates for, something that they can identify with and believe in.

Purpose, or what some people call mission, is also essential for organizational success. Jim Collins, the Author of Good to Great, and many other articles and books on business and leadership advocates for developing a strong “core ideology” which includes a “reason for being.”

Unfortunately, we often see “Why” as a tool for putting together long-term strategies, not short-term tactics.

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3 Rules for Great Digital Communication - David DeWolf

3 Rules for Great Digital Communication [Graphic]

We live in a noisy, overly digitized world.  In many cases this enhances communication, but when we begin to rely on bits and bytes exclusively, we can loose the personal touch that helps us to get our point across.

Here are three rules to keep in mind for great digital communication.

If you communicate promptly, proactively, and directly, you’ll see a significant uptick in your effectiveness.  Your influence will increase and your impact will be great.

1. Promptly: Use the 24 Hour Rule.

2. Proactively: Think before you jump.

3. Directly: Pick up the phone.

I explain these three rules in my earlier post on this topic.

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Why Great Products Require Great Leaders - David DeWolf

Why Great Products Require Great Leaders

Several years ago I met Frank. After taking over a recently acquired division of a large public company and successfully stabilizing the business, he worked with his team to reimagine what the product line could be.

He had an innovative approach and a strong vision for how the business could disrupt the market and create an entirely new sector. He understood one of the staples of the information industry – innovate or die. I thought he had a real chance of reinventing the business.

Unfortunately, he failed.

After gaining executive support and a 7-digit budget, Frank began to build his next generation product. He made two fundamental mistakes.

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3 Steps for Consistent Writing When You’re Not a Writer - David DeWolf

3 Steps for Consistent Writing When You’re Not a Writer

Do you hate writing? Find it cumbersome? Simply can’t seem to find the time?

I enjoy writing, but I don’t always have the time to do a lot. I am the CEO of a global business and have six young children. I’m not a professional writer, and I never will be. To tell you the truth, I don’t want to be.

Blogging, however, demands consistent writing. Putting that into practice if you’re not a professional writer and you already have a consumed schedule is very difficult.

Here are my four steps for creating leverage for writing within my own life. These steps have allowed me to run my business while also building a personal platform.

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How I Plan My Life for Optimal Performance - David DeWolf

How I Plan My Life for Optimal Performance

As part of my daily routine, I have a habit of planning my day. It’s a crucial part of how I plan my life and try to ensure optimal performance.

Planning my day is more than looking at my calendar, adding events, and moving things around. In fact, my planning has almost nothing to do with my calendar.

The power of my daily planning is that what I’m really planning is what to do in my work time. Typically we only schedule meetings or blocks of time. By having a queue of tasks, I can spend my time knocking the highest priorities off of my list instead of recalling what I might need to do.

Here’s how I do it.

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Is Technology Enriching or Destroying Your Life? - David DeWolf

Is Technology Enriching or Destroying Your Life?

For years, technology development has been focused on optimizing the workplace. Advancements were focused on automating mechanical routines, providing tools to enhance productivity, or optimizing the storage and retrieval of information. From ERP software to some of the complex robotic systems that automate the production of automobiles, technology development was focused on work.

In the past decade, this focal point has shifted dramatically. Technology is beginning to impact the way we live and play just as much, if not more, as it is the way we work.

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3 Ways to Negotiate - David DeWolf

3 Ways to Negotiate

There are three ways to negotiate: play hardball, work for a good, fair deal, or manage the situation and be willing to walk away.

Think about negotiation as a pendulum. You can pull the pendulum all the way to the left and try to take advantage of the situation to get the best deal possible for you and you alone. You can hold the pendulum all the way to the right, which would be to fold and give everything to the person on the other side of the aisle. You can also walk away from a person who refuses to yield the pendulum from their side.

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