Teaching Self-Discipline: Controlling Non-Productive Urges at the Team Level

Teaching Self-Discipline: Controlling Non-Productive Urges at the Team Level by Laura Stack

"We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort." -- Jesse Owens, American Olympic athlete. I love Robert Orben's famous quip, "Don't smoke too much, drink too much, eat too much, or work too much. We're all on the road to the grave—but there's no need to be in the passing lane." Most folks see this statement as a warning to take care of yourself and do everything in moderation. But like all good humor, it contains multiple levels—and when you get right down to it, Orben's statement is also about championing self-discipline over self-indulgence. Many Americans know Orben best for his newsletter Orben's Current Comedy, where he introduced tens of thousands of gags over the years. Back in t … [Read more...]

Take the Stairs: The path to true success

I’d like to introduce you to Rory Vaden, who has been a friend of mine for many years. He has a novel area of study---he is the world’s only Self-Discipline Strategist.  His first book, Take the Stairs, just released this week, reached the #1 ranking in all categories on Amazon.com as well as Barnes & Noble, and just yesterday, he’s #1 on the USA Today list and #2 on the famed NY Times list.  Rory sent me a review copy of his book, which I really enjoyed, as we somewhat play in the same sandbox (my book Leave the Office Earlier, had an entire chapter called “Discipline”). I recently connected with him to expand on some of the most interesting concepts presented in the book.  Laura: What do you think is the biggest challenge facing business today?  Rory: Procrastination is the most ex … [Read more...]