Execution – Projects & Tasks

Stephen Lynch’s guide to managing projects and tasks and holding people accountable to execute your strategy more effectively

No excuses culture

To create a high-performance, no excuses culture, start by implementing these management best practices.

Does writing down goals really work?

The 1953 Yale goal setting study is a myth. Does writing down goals actually work? Yes, but with provisos.

Open vs Closed Door Management

Carve out 2 hours of uninterrupted time to get “The One Thing” done every day. Then set aside “open door” times for team members to speak with you.

The 70-20-10 Ratio

The 70-20-10 ratio has several applications: Time allocation in meetings; Resource allocation for driving innovation, Job training

The Tyranny of Metrics (Book Review)

The side-effects of poor metric choices. Beware of letting measures replace your good judgment of “What is the right thing to do here?”

Less is More

Less is more. It is better to do less and do it well than to take on too many things and spread yourself too thin. Focus on less to achieve more

How to Set SMART Goals (The Right Way)

How to set SMART Goals that everyone clearly understands, is happy with, and fully committed to achieving.

The Dark Side of Transparency

McKinsey article, The Dark Side of Transparency describes extreme edge cases and does not negate the benefits of running a transparent organization

The Real Difference Between Leadership and Management

Leadership and management are functional roles to be performed, not a statement about what sort of person you are. Both functions are vital to business success.

Managing Up – How To Manage​ Your Boss

Managing up involves clarifying expectations and making sure your performance is aligned to the goals and wishes of your boss