Take Ownership

Take Ownership, Knowing It’s NOT a One-Man Band

So many people want to have ownership, and that makes sense. Economy, ownership, and authority are key aspects of advancement. They’re signs that you are progressing.

However, one of the big mistakes a lot of people make is to assume that when they take ownership, it means that they don’t need help.

A lot of people rightly delegate to those who report to them. The big mistake they make is that they block out those who are close to them as they get more autonomy and more responsibility, along with the authority that naturally follows. They block out their peers and possibly even their managers, their leaders.

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Humble Confidence at the Grocery Store

Quick tip for moms and wives: if there’s one place that your husband may lack humble confidence, it’s in the grocery store!

I hate grocery shopping. No matter how many lists my wife makes me, I always come home without something. And I always come home with something extra.

But what’s worse is the process of the shopping itself. I don’t know the store nearly as well as you do, honey, and what happens is that I go and end up traversing the store at least 17 times, passing the aisle I need to be in, just to find where the rice or the beans or the milk or whatever it is is.

I’ll admit it: I know where the staples are, but odds are, that spice I’ve never heard of? I have no idea where it is!

Here’s a tip: organize your shopping list in the order of the aisles. That will save at least an hour every time your husband goes to the store.

Seriously. Organize your list! You know the store. You know the layout like the back of your hand. That’s why it frustrates you to no end when I come home and it’s taken me longer than it should have.

You know how to shop the grocery store better than I do, so go through a simple process when you’re making your list. Line it up according to the aisles in the store, and all I have to do is go through the store, check out, and come home.

Otherwise, I guess I’ll keep getting my exercise at the grocery store…

Question: Grocery shopping certainly isn’t the only place men lack humble confidence. What are some other ways the women in our lives can help us have the tools we need to live humble confidence outside the office? I’d love to hear from you! You can leave a comment by clicking here. Learn to live an integrated life with humble confidence. Get it Now

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Building Trust in Your Teams

There’s a fundamental need for trust in every organization. By building trust within your organization’s teams, you can:

learn to have healthy debate, deal with issues and topics, and get to team-built solutions.

This also helps hold people accountable. If there’s trust, people are much more willing to hold you and your team accountable. Being accountable to each other is important.

One way to build this trust is by having people work toward a common goal or mission. One way I’ve found to build trust and teamwork within an organization is to put people on a mission.

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Finding Joy in What Others Love

Finding Joy in What Others Love

So often we get caught up in being miserable having to do things for other people.

We all know the jokes that go around about the men who have to go shopping with their wives. Or how about the women who put up with men and their love for sports?

One of the lessons I’ve learned in my own marriage and family over the last few years is finding joy and learning to love what those I love love.

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4 Ways to Optimize Your Lent Using Business Techniques

Catholic tradition sets aside the 40 days prior to Easter as a period of prayer, penance, and repentance. I typically head into Lent like most Catholics do, having chosen a couple of sacrifices that will fulfill my obligations and remind me of the reason for the season.

This year I chose to do something different.

I applied lessons I’ve learned through my business experience to Lent. Instead of giving up coffee, dessert, or some other nicety, I challenged myself to strategically define Lenten sacrifice to ensure that it had a real impact on my life.

Here are a few tips that may help make your Lent a little more powerful.

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What’s on My Phone: Fitbit

I wear a Fitbit Force (just upgraded from the Flex, and am glad I did) and have a Fitbit Aria (scale) in my bathroom.

While it’s not the most mature wearable activity tracker on the market, Fitbit does a fabulous job with its user interface. They provide graphical data that helps me to stay aware of how well I’m doing at moving around, staying active, and monitoring my health.

By staying aware of my activity level, I’m able to make sure that I move around more and get a bit more exercise. This makes me feel more refreshed, more energized, and more alert. I’ve also lost about 15 pounds in the four months I’ve been using it.

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Family Decisions and Work Life Balance

There’s No Such Thing as a Family Decision in the Integrated Life

So often we talk about family decisions as though they’re isolated from the rest of our lives.

It’s so easy to talk about work and how it hinders everything else in our lives. But how often do we consider the ramifications of our decisions in those other more personal areas and how they affect the other aspects of our lives?

Here are two examples about how major decisions I’ve made have benefited me both professionally and in my family.

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MR MOM WEEKEND

Mr. Mom Weekend: Behind the Numbers

Last weekend was one of the most productive weekends I’ve had in a long time.

And it happened to be the weekend that I was playing Mr. Mom.

How can this be? I think I’m still trying to figure that out myself, but I believe it may be the increased focused on priorities.

I think my Mr. Mom Weekend gave me renewed focus and energy. 

This last weekend (the one after my Mr. Mom Weekend), I patched a hole in a wall, brought my spring clothes out of storage, and cleaned my closet, changed light bulbs, cleaned my home office, hung some pictures, and all sorts of other small jobs that I’ve been wanting to do for a while.

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If You’re Not Failing, You’re Not Making the Right Decisions

Recently one of my senior leaders, who I’ll call George, was responsible for an initiative that didn’t exactly turn out like we all hoped. In fact it was less than impressive results, though it wasn’t a total failure.

George was the first to take responsibility. He held himself accountable, stood up, and said, “I take responsibility and I will fix this issue.”

But along with that, George also wanted to make sure that he was held accountable in a more serious way for the actions that were taken and for the lack of results. He was looking for some sort of punishment.

My response? Leaders don’t avoid adversity or even failure. One of the signs of a great leader is how they handle that adversity and how they move forward.

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The Difference Between Product Management and Project Management

It never ceases to amaze me how few people in the software industry understand what a product manager does.

So many times when we open up for a product manager, of the resumes we have submitted, around 80% will be for a project manager position, not for product management.

Project management is very important, but it is not product management.

The role of a product manager can be described using the analogy of a railroad. The product manager is responsible for laying the tracks. They navigate the landscape and determine where the train will go. It is their responsibility to avoid the obstacles and make sure the train is successful at arriving at its destination.

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