Ninety-five percent of us procrastinate. That’s what Professor Piers Steel reported in his book The Procrastination Equation: How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done. So, the question isn’t whether we procrastinate. The question is how negatively does it impact our lives? […]
The workday is frenetic. It is filled with meetings, calls, assignments, and constant requests. Running a productive day requires a delicate touch to balance others’ needs against work that must be done. Consider these suggestions to remain productive throughout a busy day. 1. Reduce Meeting Lengths by Twenty-Five Percent There are only two bad answers[…]
Urgency is the baseline feeling in today’s professional world. Securing information and staying responsive is a stated hallmark of good client service. Unfortunately, the mind’s operational systems conspire to misguide our efforts and expectations.
Layering on last month’s newsletter, Smooth is Fast (see it here), this month’s topic is Reducing Friction. I heard the phrase used recently by a friend of mine – Tom Nitopi, founder and CEO of NxGen Payment Services. Tom’s company is a global provider of payment processing solutions. He and his team spend their time[…]
Put driving a Ferrari on a closed race track on the bucket list. Nothing keeps your attention like navigating a $250K car into a hard right turn at 120 mph! The experience gets tattooed into your memory. What does that have to do with productivity? Watch the video snippet linked below and listen to what[…]
My recent collaboration Sean Murray at RealTime Performance has produced a one-day seminar for new managers at his Fortune 500 clients. Creating the program required that we narrowly focus some existing training components to help people who have never supervised others before. The delegation process was one key area that was simplified. It’s a potential land[…]
Even we “experts” fall prey to our base instincts. I was traveling last week. It was 6:00pm. My client dinner appointment was set for 6:45pm. It was a quick Uber ride from the hotel to the restaurant. All I needed was a post-workout shower and I was ready to go. Plenty of time to reply to this one last email….
We generally greet the new year with a sense of hope. It’s an internal time of renewal while everything around us sleeps. This hope is ephemeral, lasting only a month or so, but it is filled with the best of intentions.
Unfortunately, the Gulf of Life separates our intentions from our actions to fulfill them. The day-to-day demands of living clutter our minds and delay our starts. So, too, does the difficultly of change weigh heavy upon moving from intention to action.
Meetings are the most expensive periods of time we spend together. It can be surprising to add up the loaded employee cost of a simple weekly status meeting. Consequently, meetings need to be highly productive to justify the expense.
Communicating is a holistic experience. We use words, tone, and body language when we’re communicating. The famous study conducted by Albert Mehrabian described how much each part of the message content contributed to the listener’s understanding of the message.