Self-awareness is a key component of being able to be successful in business and life. Thales of Miletus was a Greek philosopher, mathematician, and astronomer. He was regarded by Aristotle as the first philosopher in the Greek tradition. He is also recognized as the first philosopher to have engaged in scientific philosophy, leading many to refer to him as the father of science.

Thales is largely responsible for the ancient Greek aphorism “know thyself”. Thales had been asked what is the most difficult thing in life?, to which he replied “The most difficult thing in life is to know yourself.”…


Habits can have both a positive and negative impact on your life, work, and relationships. They can drive the greatest successes in life and love or your greatest regrets. Each of us has a set of habits that we are a part of how we work and operate every day. For example, you may have good habits such as paying your water bill as soon as it arrives in the mail or drinking 1 cup of coffee each morning. …


In 1955, Cylrnil Parkson published an essay in the magazine The Economist. The first line of that essay was “Work expands to fill the time available for its completion”. This observation, which later became “Parkinson’s Law’, describes a phenomenon where the more time you give someone to complete a task the longer that task will take.

You may have seen this law at work in your own life. Take for instance a Saturday afternoon where you’ve been tasked with cleaning out your garage. This is a task, that realistically you might be able to complete in about an hour. However…


Today I’m taking a break from my regular day-to-day job. I’ll be stepping out after work this afternoon and will return the first Monday after next week. While I’m out I will have turned off notifications for email and Slack. I want to be sure that I can be present with my family and enjoy disconnecting from work so that I can return fully recharged and ready to pick up projects where I’ve left off and take on new challenges.

Smart organizations give their teams time off as a way to ensure that they can perform at their highest levels…


Reorganizations are a normal regular part of the way companies evolve to continue to be successful in the markets that they serve. As consumer habits change, competitors change to take advantage of new opportunities, other companies must adapt as well to stay competitive and meet their customers where they are.

Reorgs can cause a lot of turmoil and fear within an organization. Leadership needs to lead their teams with confidence through the entire process to ensure that employees remain engaged and focused on their goals.

Why Do Companies Reorganize?

1. The market has changed

Sometimes the market changes around an organization. What worked historically for that organization will no…


Every business and professional need to stay organized. Ensuring that you have access to what you need when you need it is key to staying productive. There are many paid tools and many free tools out there that can help you stay organized and at the top of your game.

Everyone business providing free tools also wants to sell you something. They are often attempting to upsell you from a free tier or a product into a paid tier. This is called the freemium model. They give you just enough of a product to have value, but also just short…


I’ve always enjoyed reading and as I got older I enjoyed writing myself. When I was a kid in elementary school we had an assignment to write a book. Our teacher bought us blank hardcover books and we went through an exercise to come up with an idea, outline it, write numerous drafts and finally actually write and illustrate the final version of our books. It was a blast! I still have that book on my bookshelf today.

As I got older and gained experience in the business world, I began to mentor new or younger employees. I realized I…


Many companies have begun returning to the office if not in a full-time capacity, in a voluntary, or a part-time capacity. During a lot of these announcements the leadership of these companies makes statements like “Our company culture needs in-person interaction”, “Everyone is telling me they can’t wait to see their coworkers in person.” or “Collaboration is who we are and we need to be in-person for that to work.”. Each time I read or hear about one of these announcements, I can’t help but think this is a misrepresentation of what many of the employees in that company feel.


There are good managers, managers, and those that are somewhere in between. Good managers have loyal teams, good results and are loved by those that work for and with them. Bad managers have teams that jump ship as quickly as they can, struggle to achieve greatness, and are reviled by everyone that has to work with them. Where do you land on the good manager bad manager scale? Are you a great manager helping your team to steer the ship, or are you a bad manager that your team can’t stand? Let’s find out!

As you go through each point…


Most companies have an annual performance review process. They set aside time every year for the management team to look back at the performance of each employee and grade them on some type of internally developed scale. These scales usually look like something like performing below expectations, at expectations, and above expectations. Every employee wants to be rated at performing above expectations because that is usually what is required for the best raises and potential promotions.

For many, the performance review process can be very stressful. The employee is worried about what their review will look like and if they…

Nicholas Brownfield

Hi! I write about leadership both personally and professionally. I’ve been in leadership roles for 20 years with both small and multi-billion dollar companies.

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