Productivity

No Leadership Title? You Can Still Influence Change

August 9, 2012

A People Equation reader wrote to ask my advice on the following: Our small company is growing and we need to learn to use organizational tools like spreadsheets more effectively. I’m comfortable using these tools, but many of my peers aren’t. The tools are out of their comfort zone, but once they learn the system, […]

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Is Your Perfectionism Working For or Against You?

July 23, 2012

Are you making the most of your perfectionism?  If you’re a self-oriented perfectionist , chances are that you’re getting some good traction, because this is a type of thoroughness that’s linked to high achievement and continual self-evaluation.  So, striving for perfection has its benefits. But that’s not always the case. Do you recognize this scenario? […]

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Perfectionism – How to Break the Cycle and Get Moving Again

July 16, 2012

Are you a perfectionist? If so, do you think this trait serves you well? Your answer probably depends upon how perfectionism shows up in your life.  According to research reported in Psychology Today, there are two types of perfectionists: Self-oriented perfectionists: are people who adhere to strict standards while maintaining strong motivation to attain perfection […]

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4 Questions to Ask for Coping with Digital Stress

June 19, 2012

According to this infographic on digital stress and your brain, multi-tasking could be slowly killing you. “Not me,” you say with full confidence, “I’m a great multi-tasker.” No, you’re not. We humans suck at multitasking, but we mistakenly think we’re quite good at it. Take for example, the graphic called out in The Multitasking Lifestyle. You […]

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5 Step Plan to Kick-Start Your Work Week

June 4, 2012

Dreading Mondays seems to be a favorite meme of office workers because for many people Monday symbolizes the end of the weekend (“fun”) and the beginning of work (“not so fun”). Our “down time” is enjoyable but most of us need to earn a living too. So when it’s time to get back to work, we need to […]

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4 Roles Every Project Team Needs

November 16, 2011

Over at the HBR Blog Network author Michael Schrage says that CEO’s should assign their top creative thinkers to fix up the organization’s most boring and ineffective processes. He says that this shift in thinking—putting the brightest employees on the “most trivial/scut work” projects will send a powerful signal to the organization: “Improving efficiency and […]

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Reflections on Mackinac Island

September 8, 2011

A place suspended in time offers lessons for today’s hectic life   In August, fellow blogger Becky Robinson enjoyed the same Pure Michigan family vacation destination (during the same week!) as did my family: a day trip to historic Mackinac Island. When we discovered this serendipitous circumstance we decided to write companion blog posts reflecting […]

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8 Ways for CEOs to Tap Their Insiders

April 30, 2011

The concept of MBWA still has legs. Here’s how to capitalize on it. How much time should a CEO spend interacting with company employees versus external partners? More than you might think, according to research conducted by the Harvard Business School faculty.  There is evidence interacting with “insiders” (employees and their board of directors) is […]

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Teamwork. How Hard Can It Be?

April 21, 2011

To me, springtime means track meets. Back in the day, I used to run track for my high school’s girls 440 relay team. Even all these years later, I can close my eyes and feel it:  legs churning, heart pounding, as I round the curve, ready to pass the baton. I’m reaching my right hand […]

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5 Tips for Achieving Your Goals

January 20, 2011

We’re now three weeks into a new year. Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions? How’s it going? Research suggests that by this time into a new year, nearly 30% of people have already fallen off the Resolution Bandwagon. Whether it’s living more healthily, resolving to improve your education, or establishing quarterly business objectives, one thing […]

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