Most collaborative projects start out simple enough but somehow can end up getting slipperier and more chaotic as time goes on. Here are 3 things that you can keep in mind when dealing with a project that gets as slippery as a Crisco watermelon.

One of the traditions of the…

All too often, we make ourselves fit available options rather than making options fit us. It’s true of job-searching, partner-seeking, or life-building. I believe that we are better served when we flip that and make the options fit us.

Too many of us are trying to figure out how to…

When you’re working on-site or in the office, there are lots of cues and norms about when it’s time to go home. Without those cues and norms, WFH workers are struggling to stop working.

Leaders, it’s on you to nudge your WFH teammates to “go home.”

One of the underrated…

A common challenge with delegation is that it often seems like delegating to someone else takes more work than just doing it yourself. This is especially true of task-level delegation, but that’s but one of three levels of delegation.

In many cases, it is more work, and to understand why…

Don’t let the blank screen and ghosts of deleted intro paragraphs haunt you and keep you stuck.

You don’t have to start writing from your intro; you can start in the middle and come back to your intro once you’ve figured out where you’ve gone.

When I was a philosophy…

Leading through a turnaround or big mess scenario creates springboards for your career. In today’s atomic essay, I share the two most significant big mess scenarios that shaped my career.

In The CEO Next Door, the authors note that one of the three major career catapults for executives is the…

Many owners and leaders avoid making SOPs, checklists, and workflows because it takes time from doing the actual work. But when you look at what doing the actual work entails, it’s spending time doing stuff that SOPs, checklists, and workflows would prevent.

After nearly 15 years of running with and…

I learned very early in my graduate career (in the early 2000s) that I needed different apps for the different phases of writing (drafting, editing, and publishing/printing). Word was great for the latter two, but it was terrible for drafting for me.

Since then, lots of tools have come and…

This post is part of a series of “atomic essays” published on Twitter for the #Ship30for30 program. You can check out more of the conversation on Twitter, and in the previous post from this series about push and pull factors.

Oftentimes, it’s only after space is made for the truth…

This post is part of a series of “atomic essays” published on Twitter for the #Ship30for30 program. You can check out more of the conversation on Twitter, and in the previous post from this series about addressing your default mental traps.

All too often, we decide to do things based…

Charlie Gilkey

Author of Start Finishing: How to Go From Idea to Done => startfinishingbook.com. Founder of Productive Flourishing => productiveflourishing.com

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