Do You Know How to Say No?

Some of my coaching clients have way more to do than they can manage. Some of my project portfolio clients are struggling with how to say no. My most recent Pragmatic Manager newsletter is all about what to do when you have too much to do. Read it at Do You Have Too...

How to Say ‘No’

I originally wanted to write about how to start an agile project, possibly the pilot agile project in your organization–if it was starved of resources, people, machines, space, whatever. But I can’t write that article because no advice is worth the space. You...

No: Such a Difficult Word

Pat meets me in the lobby and walks me to the conference room for our 9 a.m. meeting. She yawns several times during our two-minute walk. She yawns a few more times before everyone else arrives. “Late night?” I ask. “They’re all late,” she replies. “I’m way...

What’s on Your Not-to-do List?

Summary: Drawing up a to-do list sounds like a logical starting point when you want to prioritize your workload. But if you have an extra-long list of tasks, the list you should start with is the not-to-do list. Doing so forces you to take an extra hard look at what...