Entries by Marianne Renner

Do you want to become your very best?

I overheard a conversation at Starbucks today in which an employer was talking to his manager about upcoming job interviews. I heard him say that he is looking for candidates with “people skills. We’re looking for those soft skills. We can teach them all the technical stuff.” Wow, what a statement! If you’re looking to […]

Change! Who wants more?

I’m working with a lot of people going through some major changes in their lives right now. And frankly, change is scary for most people. When change hits, you feel out of control. You feel unsafe. You feel scared. Changes in external circumstances fall into that category of things you have no control over. And […]

Consistency beats rapidity

This week as I was running on the treadmill, it dawned on me how much my approach to running has changed over the past few years. I can get pretty competitive with myself – always pushing to run faster and farther. In fact, a few years ago I was beaming with pride at running 4 miles […]

No more “to-do” lists

Last week, I explained the power of the PICK tool for prioritizing tasks. One characteristic that makes this tool so helpful is that it eliminates the old and ineffective “to-do” list. This is hard for me to say, because, quite honestly, I’m a list-maker. Believe me – I love my lists! I love to write […]

A great tool to boost productivity

Are you a list maker? Does your list grow longer every day as you cross off one task only to add two more? Yep, you’re what I call, running on the hamster wheel. It’s that feeling like you’re running like mad and not making much, if any, progress. Years ago, I discovered a wonderful tool […]

8 x 8. Eight habits by 8 a.m.

Running a business takes time and energy. And as I wrote last week, we earthlings are most effective when we run on auto-pilot. So, the best way to break through to new levels of success is to create habits that are most likely to take us to those new levels. Below are 8 things I […]

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More productivity, anyone?

If you consider yourself to be an earthling, then you’ve probably heard at some point that positive thinking is a good thing. But what you may not know is that there is actually science-based research that demonstrates the tremendous impact that positive thinking has on areas of productivity and problem-solving, which are critical for success. […]