4 Pivot Questions to Boost Your Productivity

This is a guest post by Wayne Turmel. Find out more about Wayne at the end of the article.

To say productivity is important is an understatement, but it’s especially important when you work away from your team. Not only because you want to stay employed (if you don’t get your work done you won’t have a job very long) but your team relies on you getting your work done and being productive. That’s one of the main differences between being a team member and being a teammate.

Admittedly some days that’s easier than others. We all have times we feel stuck, and when you’re a long-distance teammate you don’t have someone in the next cube to help you. And let’s face it, occasionally it’s your teammates being the reason you’re stuck. Constant interruptions on Slack or through text messages, too many meetings, multiple requests for help…All this creates the big question: How do you manage your own performance while being a good teammate?

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From The Marksman

A Reel Leadership Article

One of my favorite actors returned to the big screen this past Friday. Liam Neeson takes on the role of Jim. Jim is a down-on-his-luck rancher that happens to be in the wrong place at the right time.

Jim’s ranch is right on the border of Mexico. Illegal aliens are constantly crossing the border, walking through his land.

Liam Neeson in The Marksman

Jim happens to be there as Rosa (Teresa Ruiz) and her son Miguel (Jacob Perez) are fleeing Mexico and the Cartel. He stops them, calls in the border patrol, and then tries to save them as the Cartel pursues them. A shootout ensues and Rosa is shot.

As Rosa dies, she asks Jim to take Miguel to her family in Chicago, Il. He is hesitant to do this and turns the boy over to the authorities. Once he realizes the Cartel isn’t stopping, he helps break Miguel out and begins their journey to Chicago.

5 Tips For Building Strategic Relationships

We all know relationships are important. The relationships you build today may be the relationships that get you the next leadership position in a new organization, move you up in your current organization, or help you with a pressing problem you’ve been dealing with.

Relationships are also a struggle. I’ve struggled long and hard over relationships that feel way too transactional and not enough relational. The relationship always seems to turn toward business talk and what we’re doing to grow our businesses.

4 people sitting around a wooden table working on laptops

Photo by Annie Spratt

It makes me tired and sad. It feels like it is not a real relationship. But it is. It’s a different kind of relationship. These relationships are strategic relationships.

A strategic relationship is one that:

  • Benefits both parties
  • Helps you grow your business or yourself
  • Encourages you to do better
  • Keeps you focused on your goals

The Art Of The Pivot

What Is Pivoting?

We’ve all heard about pivoting and the need to pivot quickly. Many of us may not understand what pivoting is.

Pivoting is simply the noticing there’s a change that needs to be made in your business. This could be a shift in the product you produce (during COVID-19 we saw plenty of this. One of the pivots I really enjoyed seeing was a sign company that went from producing signs to producing personal protection equipment using clear plexiglass). This could be a shift in the customers you serve. Or it could be shifting the social media platforms you are using.

A road that turns back on itself

Photo by Tanner Larson

All of these require you to move from one place to another or from one direction to another. That’s a pivot. It’s the movement of going from one industry to another industry, one product to another product, or one kind of customer to another.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Wonder Woman 1984

A Reel Leadership Article

Oft-delayed but finally released in a strange release agreement, Wonder Woman 1984 hit the big screen and the small screen at the same time. Released on Christmas day 2020, Wonder Woman was released to theaters and the HBO Max streaming platform.

The first Wonder Woman film was a smashing success. It felt as if the DC Movie Universe was on the right track. And it was.

Wonder Woman 1984 continues the right track for DC movies. This new entry is a great, fun movie to watch with friends and family.

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in Wonder Woman 1984 with colorful background

Wonder Woman 1984 reunites us with Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot). She is also reunited with her thought-to-be dead love, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine).

Not only is Wonder Woman 1984 a love story, but the movie is also a great action movie. Wonder Woman 1984 introduces two new villains, Cheetah/Barbara Minerva (Kristen Wiig) and Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal from the Mandolorian).