Do Distractions Wreck Your Day? Here’s a Smart Fix

January 23, 2020

If you’re like most people, you occasionally (often?) wish you had more time. Meanwhile, you’re stuck with the same clock and calendar as everyone else. Personal productivity is among the most perplexing challenges facing people everywhere. It needn’t be. In fact, our personal productivity can become one of the most satisfying ingredients of our lives.…

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Stressed? Maybe Rest Can Be Your New Hustle

January 17, 2020

Paula Rizzo was sitting at her desk at Fox News Channel in New York City when she felt a dull pain below her belly button. Like many hard-charging people might do, she ignored it. After all, she was busy. She had a demanding job as a senior TV producer. She had obligations as a wife,…

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6 Practices To Help You Be A Better Manager

January 10, 2020

Are you a first-level leader? Do you manage a team of individual contributors who don’t have direct reports of their own? Then you know some of the challenges of making the leap to management. You really want to be a good manager, but your training for that role may be light or even non-existent. You…

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Airbnb Can Teach Your Business A Thing Or Two

January 2, 2020

We live in the age of disruptors. We have one in the White House, and we have multiple examples throughout the business world. Illustrations of the latter were scrawled on a whiteboard a while back by Alberto Brea, chief growth strategist at a New York marketing firm. Here’s what Brea wrote— Amazon did not kill…

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Try This Bite-Sized Approach To Personal Improvement

December 24, 2019

Achieving personal goals can be as frustrating as trying to nail Jello to a wall. Lose weight? Get more sleep? Exercise daily? Take a dream vacation? Improve a relationship? Earn a promotion? Read more books? Watch less TV? Cut back on social media? Save more money? Spend less? The list can go on. Set a…

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Why Accountability Is All About Explicit Behaviors

November 29, 2019

Accountability is all about performance, and performance is all about behaviors. In fact, the overall performance in your organization—in every conversation, in every meeting, in every project, in every activity of every kind—is the result of behaviors. So doesn’t it make sense to focus on behaviors? In organizations where personal accountability for performance is highest,…

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Bridging the Gap to Reach the ‘Why’ Generation

November 1, 2019

In many situations, the smartest questions you can ask will begin with the word “why.” Think about that. Have you noticed the inquisitiveness of young children? As long as they’re encouraged to do so, they seem to ask questions endlessly. They want to know how things work. They want to know the purpose of things.…

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Is Your Team A Winner Or An Also-ran?

October 17, 2019

You’ve seen most of the teamwork clichés:   – Together Everyone Achieves More   – Great things never come from comfort zones   – Teamwork makes the dream work   – Individually we’re a drop, together we’re an ocean But of course posters in the employee cafeteria don’t transform glib slogans into reality. Effective teamwork…

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Is ‘Motivation’ More Nuanced Than You Thought?

October 3, 2019

Corporate hallways and lunchrooms are often festooned with “motivational” wall posters. The idea seems to be that clichés enhance comradeship and performance. Military drill instructors scream at recruits, apparently assuming that insults and humiliation are inspiring. Motivation can come from many sources. A tyrannical manager may “motivate” people to work killer hours that ruin health…

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