Productivity

3 Tips for More Productivity with Less Stress

September 5, 2017

When you think “time management,” what are the productivity practices that will make the most difference? We’re always trying to squeeze as much as we can out of our days. But here’s the thing: there are only so many hours in the day and only one of you. I’ve finally surrendered to the fact that […]

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Help Your Team Be More Productive with these 4 Tips

August 9, 2016

If you asked your team members what saps their productivity, what would they say? They’d probably mention unnecessary meetings, interruptions or poor communications, right? What if — shockingly — you were listed as one of the reasons that your team couldn’t get their work done? Wait a minute, you say, I’m not a micromanager; I […]

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How to be Productive When You Work for Someone Else

April 25, 2016

What’s your favorite day of the work week? I bet you said “Friday,” right? Because it’s the day before the weekend starts. Fair enough. Tuesdays are my favorite day of the week. Why? Because I’ve implemented a time management process that helps me stay focused and get lots of work done. I’ll lay out the […]

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4 Ways Leaders Can Bring Sanity Back to Their Team’s Workload

March 10, 2016

When you lead a team, there are two elements to productivity: managing your personal output and overseeing others’ workloads. And there’s no shortage of interruptions, distractions and organizational tomfoolery to make it seem like there’s no way you (or your team) will ever accomplish anything meaningful. On Smartblog on Leadership this month I write about the […]

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Beliefs, Deadlines and Productivity Measurements

February 18, 2016

Before I interviewed Hyrum W. Smith for his new book The 3 Gaps, I asked my Facebook friends to submit questions for the best-selling author and former CEO of Franklin Covey. He graciously extended our interview to field those questions. If you’ve never heard Hyrum Smith speak, here’s what you need to know: he’s energetic, […]

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Closing the 3 Gaps – A Blueprint for Inner Peace

January 12, 2016

Hyrum Smith’s teachings have had a profound impact on the way I prioritize my life. As a young professional, I recall listening to an audio tape on how to effectively use the Franklin Planner time management system. Hyrum, then the founder of the Franklin Institute, was a charismatic speaker who was passionate about helping people […]

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Reinvigorate Your Leadership Goals with 60 x 6

January 15, 2015

Did your New Year’s resolutions include being a better leader? Perhaps not exactly, but if you’re like the many people who want to “get more organized”—it’s the #2 resolution according to research by University of Scranton—then there are opportunities to up your leadership game. But it won’t happen automatically: a mere 8% of people say […]

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9 Hidden Benefits of Showing Up

May 27, 2014

Inspiration of the “aha!” sort is a capricious companion at best, and waiting for inspiration to strike before taking action leads to missed opportunities. Not feeling at all inspired by the task at hand? Here are nine reasons to “show up” and find a way to make meaning out of your work.  Thanks to my […]

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Why We Hate Conference Calls [video]

January 27, 2014

When it comes to phone conferences, clueless people and technology conspire to create many deadly phone conferencing sins. What would it look like if your conference call took place in real life? That’s what Mashable envisioned when they put together this hilarious video. Take a look and then share with me in the comments section: what’s […]

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How Do Leaders Create Continuous Improvement?

December 10, 2013

I’m writing an article for my HR Answers expert page on the ways that leaders can foster “continuous improvement” for themselves and for their teams. I’m looking for specific examples and am keeping the definition fairly broad: whatever you think “continuous improvement” means, I’d love to hear your idea. What are ways you personally strive […]

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