How busy, successful leaders manage their time


Mellie_Price_HeadshotThis is the second half of our interview with tech entrepreneur Mellie Price. Mellie is an experienced investor and a startup innovator. She has an impressive resume and you can read her full bio here. Most importantly, she is a leader that cares deeply about the people she comes in contact with and her own personal accountability. She is constantly reflecting on her life and decisions and is actively becoming a better leader.

In Part 1, Mellie provides some great insights into being a leader and a woman leader. If you missed that amazing episode, listen to it now.

We started to talk about the concept of work-life balance in the last episode. Mellie really latched onto Kirk’s idea of seasons (not balance) and she even took it a step further. Kirk and Mellie also discuss advice she would give to a new entrepreneur, how she says “no” to good opportunities and the power in the edges of a bell curve.


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Today’s Topics Include:

  • How Mellie struggled with not always being on 110% of the time, she realized that humans need to break things up to charge their batteries.
  • The concept of “seasons” instead of work-life balance.
  • How to be aware of other people’s “seasons” and let others know when you are entering a new season.
  • The way Mellie schedules her time.
  • What happens when you get burned out and the impact it has on those around you.
  • The ineffective way many leaders respond to being overwhelmed.
  • How to say no, especially when you want to do it all.
  • The consequences of constant rescheduling and how to stop rescheduling for good.
  • The structure Mellie insists on for meetings to make sure they are meaningful for both parties.
  • How Mellie uses open office hours to keep her calendar under control.
  • The value of being your true self.
  • The power at either end of a bell curve
  • Should you work on your weaknesses or hire to compliment them?

Links and Resources:


“I believe in seasons of time, work life balance is just a fallacy.” Kirk Dando

“Balance to me means I’m listening to myself, when I can crank out high quality work, I just ride it.” Mellie Price

“Good leaders recognize that different people have different cycles – creatives, programmers, and finance people have different work cycles or seasons. Recognizing these are critical.” Mellie Price

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