Productivity

Zoom or Teams fatigue. Are you feeling it? Despair no more, as this month I’ve pulled together my top 5 “meetings check-ins” for you.Over the last year I’ve been collecting check-in or icebreaker games and meeting energizers. These games not only help energize or quieten our brains, but also help us connect with each other, awaken
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Takeaway: If you’re feeling burnt out or worried you’re heading in that direction, check on the six areas of your job that are most likely to contribute to that state: your workload, level of control, how rewarding your job is, how much community you have, how fair things are, and whether your work aligns with
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On this episode, we count down our all-time favorite productivity habits—this week we cover numbers 10-6! Topics covered include: The point of becoming more productive How productivity can make us more human Earning back time, enjoying the journey, carving out time for what’s meaningful Keeping an accomplishments list The “Zeigarnik Effect” How often to review
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Takeaway: Your ideas are worth less than you think—it’s all about how you execute upon them. Take the example of the S-logo, below. Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes, 9s. A decade or so ago, as I was getting a haircut, and my barber told me that she had a brilliant, billion-dollar idea. The idea was
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In every organization there are go-to people who make everything work. They are the subject matter experts, the influencers, the energizers—the people the company can least afford to lose. Yet, ask senior leaders who those people are, and research shows they can’t identify the majority of them. That’s because they are often buried in the
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In January 2021 COVID-19 vaccines—still new at the time—began to gain traction, and business leaders turned their attention to what the growing availability might mean for their organizations and workforces.  At the same time, the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) began its series of monthly surveys to track the evolution of leaders’ thinking and actions
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The Institute for Corporate Productivity’s (i4cp) study of how nearly 70 different leadership behaviors changed (or haven’t) as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic found that a single one clearly stood out as a next practice—defined as a practice, process, or behavior that analysis shows has high positive correlation with market performance, but that few
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When the COVID-19 pandemic drove masses of employees from corporate offices to work from home, it also prompted unprecedented numbers of relocations—temporary and permanent moves by employees across states and regions. For total rewards leaders and others responsible for setting compensation policies in the U.S., those worker migrations present complex and ongoing challenges when it
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Takeaway: Try replacing online news with a subscription to the local paper. This is a way of buying back your time, attention, energy, and mental health—you stay informed while also calming your mind. Physical newspapers “refresh” once a day (versus every few minutes). They also offer perspective, let you connect with what’s happening in your
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According to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau, between March and April of 2020, “3.5 million mothers with school-age children left active work—either shifting into paid or unpaid leave, losing their jobs, or exiting the labor market all together.” As of February 2021, nearly 1.5 million fewer moms of school-aged children were actively working
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Takeaway:The processed food industry has become incredibly sophisticated in the way it gets us to eat more of what it makes. Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 37s. For this week’s podcast episode I sat down with Michael Moss, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Salt Sugar Fat and now, Hooked: Food, Free Will, and How the Food Giants Exploit Our Addictions. Hooked is an incredible book: a deep dive into
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