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By Mark Shropshire
Shrop talks about his interests around leadership, productivity, and technology. Specifically leading and mentoring teams. Check out his other podcast goServeOthers at
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Managing Your Calendar Effectively


Being Grateful
In this episode, Shrop talks about the nuanced differences between being thankful and being grateful by diving into two examples. He also mentions a technique to help have a gratitude-focused life.
November 22, 2020
Managing Your Calendar Effectively
In this episode, Shrop talks about techniques to manage a very full “managers” calendar. Goals include appearing and actually being available and having time to focus on important work. It’s all about calendar ROI. Makers vs. managers calendar article mentioned in this episode:
November 8, 2020
Uncertainty Induces Fear
In this episode, Shrop discusses uncertainty and how it allows fear to take over your thoughts. He shares some techniques he finds helpful to reduce distractions and anxiety.
October 5, 2020
Saying No to Work You Believe In
In this episode, Shrop talks about saying no to work you believe is a great idea and could be successful. Regardless of how great the work is, saying no could be the right thing if it pulls you away from your true purpose and calling.
September 20, 2020
Timebox Your Life
In this episode, Shrop talks about expanding a project team technique for usage in everyday tasks and initiatives. He explores how to implement timeboxing and the related benefits.
September 15, 2020
Don’t Give up When Things Get Hard
In this episode, Shrop talks about how sticking with your vision is even more critical when challenges come up. Focus on your vision and getting through the rough spots, not on others who don’t believe it’s possible. Be different.
September 5, 2020
Areas of Focus Methodology
In this episode, Shrop talks about the Areas of Focus Methodology where 80% of your time should be focused on your passions that align with your organization’s needs. Listen to learn more about how to set your focus time up for success!
August 29, 2020
The Word “worry”
In this episode, Shrop talks about how replacing the word “worry” with “challenged” can make all the difference in shaping how you think about life’s obstacles. It’s not just semantics. Reclaim lost energy dwelling on problems by facing the challenges.
August 22, 2020
Leading with Transparency
In this episode, shrop talks about how leaders should approach transparency through team and individual awareness, timing, tone, and the desire for feedback.
April 21, 2020
Leadership During Uncertain Times
Shrop talks about how to lead teams during uncertain times, providing actions you can take today to help your teams and other leaders in your organization. Key points include leading with confidence, maintaining focus for your teams, and not losing sight of your organizations long-term goals and vision.
March 17, 2020
Setting Goals
Shrop talks about setting one goal at any time during the year instead of setting yourself up for failure with New Year’s resolutions. The focus should be on one goal at at time that is attainable, building positive and sustainable habits.
December 31, 2019
Work Logs for Productivity and Communications
In this episode, shrop talks about why he logs his completed daily tasks and accomplishments.
November 3, 2019
Creating a Personal Vision Statement
In this episode, shrop talks about how to approach career growth through the lens of a greater personal vision and mission.
October 20, 2019
In this episode shrop talks about motivation; how to keep it even when you have tasks that you really don't want to do. He also chats about passion for work and how it relates to motivation.
August 25, 2019
Alert Fatigue
In this episode shrop talks about how alert fatigue can get in the way of focusing on work and life.
July 1, 2019
From Perfectionism to Shipping
In this episode shrop talks about how perfectionism can get in the way of shipping work and how he turned around a recent project by focusing on excellence.
June 15, 2019
Life Balance
In this episode shrop talks about the fallacy of life/work balance and how life balance is a term that better defines what we all want and need.
April 9, 2019
The Blend Between Consistency and Flexibility
In this episode shrop talks about how having a consistent schedule or routine in our personal and work life allows us to manage and deal more easily with the curve balls life throws at us.
February 6, 2019
Blocking out Focus Time on Your Calendar
In this episode shrop talks about techniques to gain focus on your most important work and administrative tasks by blocking out that time on your calendar.
December 17, 2018
Stop Using DMs (Direct Messages)!
In this episode shrop talks about how to limit the use of direct messages and how open channel communication creates team transparency and growth.
November 2, 2018
Saying No Gently, with Explanation
In this episode shrop talks about how saying no is important to clear the way for focus, but it should often be followed up with explanation.
October 13, 2018
Understanding The Problem Before Starting on The Solution
It is easy to jump quickly to solutions for problems in life and work. In this episode, shrop talks about a recent experience and how he missed the opportunity to full understand a problem and jumping to the solution early wasted time.
August 29, 2018
Taking Responsibility
Two aspects of taking responsibility that is guaranteed to earn respect and build team trust.
August 12, 2018
Multitasking During Meetings
We can’t work on other things “multitask” and be a valuable part of a meeting. Learn more on this episode.
June 25, 2018
Dealing with Extreme Workloads
Extreme workloads happen in projects from time to time. The discussion items in this episode can help you and your team through the more challenging times.
May 29, 2018
Team Delegation
Why do we agree delegation is good, but don’t do it enough?
May 15, 2018
Don’t Create Team Panic
Don't panic and don't panic your team. Step back and reflect.
April 17, 2018
Piecemealing Vision
Don’t piecemeal vision by fixing things in the short term as a result of panic. If the next steps don’t guide you forward to your project vision, step back and refocus.
April 17, 2018