Be the Leader in Your Own Life

Be the Leader in Your Own Life

I’ve had times when I’ve wanted to blame anything and everything for the problems I was having: It’d be so much easier to do my work if I had a better computer. If I got a pay rise, I wouldn’t be so worried about money. People keep distracting me while I’m trying to write this essay. Everyone else was downing shots too… You...

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Self-Taught Leadership — Is It an Option?

Self-Taught Leadership — Is It an Option?

I’ve taken classes in leadership, conflict management and a whole host of related topics. But the most valuable leadership experience I’ve had are nowhere near official. When I was in high school, I worked in my synagogue’s Hebrew school. At first, I tutored students, but then I started teaching classes. I usually got the youngest kids, although on...

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Are You a Leader?

Are You a Leader?

I get uncomfortable when I think about leadership. And yet it’s hard to avoid, in the world I move in. When I read blogs, I keep coming across phrases like recruit a small army and lead your tribe. And I think – who am I to lead? Who am I to put myself at the head of an army or a tribe? When I consider leadership: It seems too dangerous – being...

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Ukelele Music Makes for True Passion — Seriously

I can’t say that I’ve ever been a true ukelele fan. If you ride in my car, you get to hear either NPR (and me attempting to argue with the radio) or the local country music station. If I hear new and incredible music, that’s great — but I don’t particularly go out of my way to find it. This morning, though, I queued up a TED video...

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Why Great Creatives Make Great Business Owners

Why Great Creatives Make Great Business Owners

For a long time, I was a bit of a snob about writing. I wrote fiction, and I thought that non-fiction writers, jobbing freelancers, weren’t “proper” writers at all. They weren’t doing anything creative. They were just business people. And then, without really meaning too, I got into freelancing. I started writing for money – and I...

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5 Home Truths about Your Finances

5 Home Truths about Your Finances

I don’t mean to be rude, but the way you’re spending and saving your money is all wrong. It’s not just you though; most of us are unconsciously spending our money in counter-productive ways and failing to financially prepare for the future. Whilst I’m sure there will be many reading this thinking: ‘Hold on, who is this English idiot? And why...

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Productivity Plays into Leadership

Productivity Plays into Leadership

One of the first managers I ever worked with was the most incredibly unorganized man I know. You couldn’t leave a message on his voicemail because it was perpetually full, he was late to every appointment he ever set and even if you cleaned of his desk in the morning, it would be an absolute pigsty in the afternoon. I had an incredibly hard time respecting...

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Introducing the Mini-Toolbox: Three Creative Guides

If you’ve been reading Constructively Productive for a while, you’ll have heard about the Creativity Toolbox – jammed full of goodies for folks who want to be more creative and more effective. We’re now offering a mini-Toolbox, with all three guides, for just $19. (In case you’re not a math person, that’s less than $7 per guide.) You...

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Three Big Tips for Working From Home

Three Big Tips for Working From Home

I have to say, working from home is a pretty sweet gig. You have the freedom to work on your own terms. Pants are optional, you set your own hours, and no one is concerned if you talk to yourself a lot. The downside of all this glorious freedom, it that nobody is going to stop you from spending your time poorly. It’s easy to get distracted by family,...

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Where Everybody Knows Your Name…

Where Everybody Knows Your Name…

You know how the song goes: “Sometimes you want to go / Where everybody knows your name, / and they’re always glad you came.” We all feel a little more comfortable when we’re in a familiar situation. Television, in its own special way, has become an incredibly familiar place for most of us. Personally, I can tell you more about the family...

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