Tip #736: The Pomodoro Technique

“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” Paul J. Meyer This will be an extremely brief Tip. Have you ever heard of the Pomodoro Technique? It is used for time management and was developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980’s, but […]

Tip #655: There is Never Just One Reality

“Sometimes you have to look reality in the eye, and deny it.” Garrison Keillor We know that there are many obstacles to true understanding when two or more people are trying to communicate with each other. They may have a difficult shared history that colors their perceptions of what the other person is saying. They […]

Tip #662: Getting to the Root of a Problem

“When solving problems, dig at the roots instead of just hacking at the leaves.”  Anthony J. D’Angelo There are many reasons why solutions to problems are often ineffective, such as the fact that they: address symptoms rather than the real problem. are based on insufficient or inaccurate information. are made for subjective rather than objective […]

Tip # 652: Just Because I Can Doesn’t Mean I Should

“Frustration, although quite painful at times, is a very positive and essential part of success.” Bo Bennett “Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is iess cleaning up to do afterward.”  Kurt Vonnegut I have always tried to make the most of opportunities. These opportunities […]

Tip #283: A Fee Negotiation Cautionary Tale

I hope that no current or potential clients are reading this, because I have an embarrassing admission to make: I haven’t raised my fees in many years, and I often agree to accept less than my daily rate. A hard-nosed negotiator I definitely am not! There are consultants I know who post their rates and […]