GTDRetail Updated


You may have noticed the new GTDRetail facelift! The new format is quite a bit more visually appealing, and I think generally quite a bit easier to navigate. Alongside the blog updates, of course my new book has been released and is getting good reviews so far, and I have finally gotten with the [...] Continue Reading…


I Published a Book!


I just published a new book. It is titled In Your Shoes: Leadership Advice for the New Leader. You can find it on Amazon for your Kindle now! The book collects and sums up a lot of the feeling of this blog, but the articles are all entirely new. I hope that you read and enjoy the book, especially if you are new to a management position and are simply looking for where to start.
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Thoughts on Leadership


We must overcome the notion that we must be regular… it robs you of the chance to be extraordinary and leads you to the mediocre.

-Uta Hagen
A respected leader in my company passed away and left Uta Hagen’s quote behind. It got me thinking about a few questions about my own leadership: What does it [...] Continue Reading…


Sly Sammy

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The other day, I sat down for a frank and honest discussion with one of my peers – the only one of my peers that does the exact same job as I do. Our discussion revolved a lot around the topic of performance management and what we are diagnosing to be [...] Continue Reading…


15 Tips for New Managers,
(a reminder for the rest of us)


When first starting out in management, it seems like there are pitfalls everywhere in your interaction with everyone and everything around you. It doesn’t take long to figure out that these roadblocks can bring your productivity to a screeching halt. I have compiled a list of 15 tips to help smooth out the potholes:

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Even in Business, Death and Taxes are Certain

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Your employees will leave you. If they don’t, then they will retire or promote. Between voluntary exit, promotion, and retirement is termination. The final option is that you leave. These are certainties, and they are non-negotiable, the same as paying taxes on your business income or the lease on your storefront. Thankfully, however, as [...] Continue Reading…


A Proof Your Manager Shouldn’t Work With You


Think about every manager you have ever had. Which ones did you like? What were the attributes that made them a “good” manager versus a “bad” manager. Maybe they cared more about your feelings? Or they delegated in a way that seemed more “fair?” Or maybe they [...] Continue Reading…


Humphry’s at the Bay


When was the last time you went out for a show – let’s say a concert? Ok, so when was the last time you saw one with the San Diego Bay in the background? Better yet, when was the last time you saw a concert from a kayak on the San Diego Bay?

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Managing your day with a Post-It


Mark McGuiness over at The 99 Percent has an interesting take on how to manage your to-do lists (and your sanity) through restricting the physical size of your day planner. Essentially, Mark claims that what can be written on a post-it by the average person is about equal to the amount of tasks that [...] Continue Reading…


San Diego One-Stop Comedy Shop

Comedy Store Stage

Can you buy laughs? At the La Jolla comedy store, yes you can, but laughs aren’t cheap. However, if you are in the mood for a guaranteed great night out, check out this La Jolla venue for both local and national comics. In the 5 or 6 times we have visited the Comedy Store, [...] Continue Reading…

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