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The Limiting Factor: Thoughts on the Coaching Relationship

Is there a single factor that keeps entrepreneurs and high potential employees from achieving their potential? I believe there is.

I’ve coached around 400 entrepreneurs and high potential employees over the past 15 years. As I think back, I’m truly amazed and humbled at the variety of situations, personalities, resources, mindsets, teams, markets, products, and organizations that I’ve worked with.

Early in my career, I was often giddy with the tools of the coaching trade that I’d studied and mastered. And in my eagerness to help (and let’s be honest, impress) my clients, I would frequently pull out all the stops.

Our coaching sessions were fast and furious affairs. We’d work on direct marketing strategy, copywriting, time management, diet, exercise, and mental stamina.

And these sessions weren’t ineffective. Frequently one of the issues we’d tackle would provide a breakthrough: a better understanding of the prospect, a better way of phrasing a benefit or presenting an offer, a technique to get two more productive hours out of each workday, etc.

But while those benefits were accruing, I was subtly but unmistakeably doing something not so smart: contributing to my client’s overwhelm.

Even the wins couldn’t erase the feeling of “not enough” that came from waging so many battles simultaneously.
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A Procrastination Exploration

Why do we procrastinate? Is there only one global reason, or can procrastination take different forms and serve different purposes in our lives?

Here’s a recording of a teleseminar in which I explore this pervasive phenomenon. Right-click to download the mp3:

http://howieconnect.audioacrobat.com/download/procrastination-2013-02-04.mp3

If you like what you hear, and think that my guidance could be useful, then I invite you to check out the Time Mastery Course.

How to Deal with Laziness and Procrastination

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How to Develop Strong Time Management Habits – Even if You’ve Failed in the Past

The true reason smart, creative, and motivated people spend time on low-value busywork at the expense of the big-picture stuff.

This article was originally published in Fast Company.

My client Felix (not his real name) was complaining to me about wasting huge amounts of time during his work week. An energetic, goal-oriented entrepreneur, he found himself doing technical and administrative tasks rather than the high-value activities that move his business forward.

This was true despite the fact that he has a staff and a reliable cadre of vendors whom he pays to perform exactly those technical and administrative functions. What is he thinking? Why is he engaging in low-value activities at the expense of the big-picture stuff he loves, and only he can do?

And how can we get him back to his sweet spot?
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Are You Too Busy to Get the Big Stuff Done?

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My Dirty Little Productivity Secret

My Search Engine Watch articles

My Fast Company articles

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New Year’s Resolutions That Do Not Fail

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Talking Nice to Myself: “Get to” vs. “Have to”

It’s been a very busy couple of days, and I’ve been catching myself ordering myself around. That kind of talk breeds internal resistance, so I’ve invited myself to experiment with more empowering language.

Instead of “I have to” / “I need to” / “I must” / “I should” – I choose words like “I get to” / “I can” / “I might want to”. I find that the invitation to autonomy puts my actions and my chosen responsibilities in a positive light, and makes it much more likely that I achieve my chosen goals.

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My video blog, the myth of Athena, and young Gary Vaynerchuk

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Time Mastery or Manipulation?

This video is sponsored by the Time Mastery Course, which almost has enough details set to tell you about…

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