3 05, 2018

How less than ideal conditions are perfect conditions for success

Recently, Desiree Linden became the first American woman to win the Boston marathon in 33 years. For a little perspective, 33 years ago the Soviet Union was still kicking, an actor named Ronald Reagan became President, and Marty McFly became the first person to time travel in a DeLorean. Linden won the marathon in what [...]

30 03, 2018

What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important

The Eisenhower Matrix is a presidential insight about productivity: soon after Eisenhower became president, he visited the campus of Northwestern University to deliver an address. What he said changed the thinking about “productivity” forever. He said: “I have two kinds of problems, the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important, and the important are never [...]

27 03, 2018

The Pac-Man approach to goal achieving

Back in ancient days, well, the 1980s, there was an arcade game that conquered the world called Pac-Man. Don’t believe me? Go ask your parents if they played! Pac-Man is considered a classic and an icon of 1980s popular culture—in fact it even had an animated TV series and a top-ten hit single called “Pac-Man [...]

20 03, 2018

First, let me finish. Then interrupt.

One of the most common complaints we hear has to with something that is so fundamentally a part of the modern workplace, it’s almost impossible to avoid. In fact, we all have to deal with it. Yes, I’m talking about the dreaded interruption. Here are a few suggestions about managing and minimizing workplace interruptions. Stop [...]

16 03, 2018

Do you really know what your customer will pay for?

Everyone has two jobs to do: Do your work. Improve your work. How to improve your work In order to improve your work you must eliminate waste. To figure out what waste is in your company, ask the question whether the work or activity you’re doing is valuable to the consumer. In other words, would [...]

8 03, 2018

The easy and effective way to create an ideal customer profile

One of the keys to growing your sales is to figure out exactly who you're selling to and who are your best customers. If you focus on selling to more ideal customers and less to non-ideal customers you'll be more effective in your selling and you'll have better results. If you're like most people, this [...]

7 03, 2018

Efficiency vs. effectiveness, what’s the difference?

When you’re in the daily battle of getting things done on your task list—are you being efficient, or being effective? The last thing you probably want right now is a vocabulary lesson—but there’s only two words, and learning the difference between efficient and effective will actually increase your overall productivity. Being efficient Efficiency is how [...]

21 02, 2018

All in: the promise of workplace diversity

On a football team the most famous and recognizable player is usually the Quarterback. Most of us can name the quarterback’s of our favorite NFL teams, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Blake Bortles. But a lot fewer of us could actually name the left guard or the long snapper. While Quarterback’s are generally regarded as the [...]

30 01, 2018

Can your happiness impact your productivity?

A recent study found that employees are 22% more productive when they are happy than when they are unhappy. Now I know what you're thinking, well duh! However as obvious as it may seem we often don't act on this seemingly common knowledge. Sometimes we mentally put a barrier between our various tasks and happiness. [...]

16 01, 2018

Oh grate! Another boring meeting? You knead to know the two pizza rule!

Spicing up your meetings isn't complicated. Here's an idea you "knead." What does having a meeting and having a pizza have in common? Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos calls it the “two pizza rule.” And it's simple: Bezos says that the more people you pack into the meeting, the less productive the meeting will likely be. The [...]

11 01, 2018

3 small things you can do to win big at resolutions

Already broken your New Year's resolutions? What if I told you that there are three small things you can do to win big at resolutions. Imagine for a moment what your life would be like if you had achieved all your New Year’s Resolutions. I don’t know about you guys but if I had, I would [...]

14 11, 2017

Nothing happens until you decide

Every accomplishment starts with a decision, in fact, living is the constant process of deciding what to do. Decision making and productivity go hand-in-hand. Have you ever noticed when you go out to eat with your friends or family that often the hardest part is simply deciding where to go--and when you get there, deciding [...]