Managing the worst employee on your team…

You know the one. She’s late a lot; not just to the office, and to meetings, but her work doesn’t even show up on time. Usually, when you call her on it she blames someone else. The truth is she’s going in 100 different directions at once, and all the things she’s doing are important. You can never tell what her priorities are. But she works hard and she’s totally committed to the company’s success—in fact—we wouldn’t be here without her.

Do you know this person? Is it you?

We’ve talked a lot this week about leadership, but the truth is, the hardest person to manage is yourself.

How do you think it looks to your team members that you constantly harp on everyone to fill out their timesheets when you never complete your timesheet? How do those conversations about getting things done on-time sound when they are late because they were waiting for your input?

As I was working on this I came across the following tweet from James Clear:

Thinking about these quotes today…

“If you want to be successful, find out what the price is and then pay it.”

—Scott Adams

“If you don’t get what you want, it’s a sign either that you did not seriously want it, or that you tried to bargain over the price.”

—Rudyard Kipling

@James Clear

If my ambition is strong and my vision is clear, then, keeping that before me, I will do the things I need to do. I will find a way to manage the beast that is inside me so that I can reach those goals.

  • I want to live to see my grandchildren, so I get up and go to the gym.
  • I want to demonstrate my expertise so that I can do more of the work I love, so I write these emails (usually before 6AM).
  • I want to live with integrity, so I make sure that I take careful notes in meetings, transfer all the to-dos to my to-do list and get them done.

Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can do what others can’t.”

~ Jerry Rice

How are you going to manage yourself so that you are a better leader for your team, so that you can make a bigger difference and reach those ambitious goals that you’ve got?


13 tips for making the switch from a consumer to a creator

Nathan Berry is the founder of ConvertKit, a business he’s taken from founding to over 1M in monthly recurring revenue in just 6 years. This week he talked about how he went from watching other people create to being a creator. Read it, then do it!

Are you full of energy or borderline burnt out?

If all that talk of burnout and rest from last week is still on your mind, then Breaking Down Your Business Ep 294 might be worth a listen. Jill and I talk about how to tell when you are burnt out, and what to do about it. Listen in.


Parenthood is a giant game of chicken where I try to see if my kids will get tired of doing That Annoying Repetitive Thing before I get tired of hearing and/or seeing it. @amahnke

“Trust your gut” is really bad advice. There are usually actual, easily obtainable data available to trust. @agiletortoise

To Become what you want to be, you must Kill who you are currently @MikeRMedici

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