Best Business Books to Increase Productivity

Best business books for productivity

The Best Business Books What are the best business books to increase productivity? I have a strong personal interest in this question. As I wrote in my book Done: How to finish your projects when traditional ways don’t work, I had a serious problem finishing things – at one point I had over 25 half-written […]

Project Passion: Inner Goals Over Outer Goals

Goal Setting

Inner Goals One of the reasons that we fail to complete our projects is that we focus on inner goals and not outer goals. Have you ever considered that you might be working on the wrong goal? And, I don’t mean writing a book versus getting a new job. Heidi Grant Halvorson is a social psychologist […]

Promotion Goals, Prevention Goals

Promotion Goals, Prevention Goals

We are constantly living a life of balance to achieve the things we want and to avoid the things we don’t want. Sometimes this is determined by a preference for optimism or pessimism and at other times the situation in front of us dictates our choice. Here we look at the balance of promotion and […]

Good and Better Goal Design

Good and Better Goal Design

Ever wonder why pursuing some goals is more fun than others? There’s a reason for this. If you’ve framed your goal as an opportunity to improve your skills or relationships you’ll perform better and achieve more. Being Good A ‘Being Good’ goal focuses on you showcasing what you can do. You see the goal as […]

Two Keys to Goal Achievement

Goal Achievement - What and Why

The key to goal achievement is to select the right frame for your goal. And, our different personal preferences mean the same goal should be framed differently. Here we look at your ‘Big Picture’ and ‘Nitty Gritty Detail’ preferences. The ‘Why’ of Goal Achievement A ‘Why’ framed goal focuses on the reason behind what we’re […]

My Blog Shortcuts


You’d think after 916 blog posts that I’d have it all sorted. And, I haven’t. At the start of this year I made the public declaration that I was going to blog every single day this year. Today is 173 days in a row. We’re just under half way through the year. Pretty damn good […]

How to Design Effective Goals

Victory - Design Effective Goals

Setting goals is one thing that sets us apart from our animal cousins. We can plan for the future, they can’t. And, achieving our goals is one thing that separates the successful from the rest. Here we look at the role of goals in life and how good you are at fulfilling them. It’s been […]

Shawn Achor, Before Happiness

Before Happiness

The Book Shawn Achor, Beyond Happiness: The 5 hidden keys to achieving success, spreading happiness and sustaining positive change, Crown Business, New York, 2013. His Previous Book Shawn Achor’s first and previous best selling book, The Happiness Advantage, showed if you want to be successful it pays to be happy before you start. In this […]