4 Mistakes to Avoid at Your Corporate Offsite Meeting

Your company's conference or annual meeting should help improve productivity or lead to other gains, productivity expert Maura Nevel Thomas says.

I present and train at corporate offsite events and meetings of all sizes, and I’ve seen many that could have been improved. To prevent you from making the same mistakes, this is the second half of my two-part article on improving your annual corporate offsite meeting. According to Harvard Business Review, “a successful off-site can align executives, galvanize corporate performance, […]

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3 Steps to Improve Your Annual Meeting

Lots of articles have been written about how to improve meetings, but they’re mostly about the day-t0-day meetings you have at your organization. Not a lot has been written about your biggest and most expensive meeting: your annual corporate conference. Yet this is a large expense with lasting consequences. It can inspire and motivate employees, or it can […]

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Productivity Improvement Techniques to Help You Work Fewer Hours

Productivity expert Maura Nevel Thomas shares productivity improvement techniques to help you work fewer hours.

Does working only 40 hours (or less!) per week seem like an impossible dream? Are you convinced that your career will suffer if you don’t work “all the time?”  Limiting your hours so that you can have a balanced life is actually very possible, if you use the right productivity improvement techniques. I shared some tips on improving […]

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Work Without Walls Review: A ‘Must-Read’

  My latest book, Work Without Walls, has been steadily gaining momentum since its launch in February. It’s great to see the book resonating with readers and reviewers who want to learn how to create thriving, productive workplace cultures. I’m especially excited about the latest Work Without Walls review. The influential Kirkus Reviews calls the […]

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Reduce Stress By Embracing Attention Management

Knowledge workers need attention management to reduce stress and be productive.

If you’re like many knowledge workers today, you feel stuck in crisis mode. You’re getting more harried and overwhelmed by the day. But the organizational skills you’ve been taught, like time management, aren’t helping anymore. You need a new strategy to reduce stress, raise your productivity and just keep from burning out. That key skill […]

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Personal Productivity and Your To-Do List

The way you write your to-do list can help - or hurt - your personal productivity, productivity expert Maura Nevel Thomas says.

Does your to-do list help you stay on top of your daily tasks and make progress toward your big goals? If not, it’s time for a list makeover. I talked with Fast Company magazine about how your to-do list can boost your personal productivity. One problem with to-do lists is that they can become obsolete […]

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3 Overlooked Components to Improve Productivity

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Before you can improve productivity, you have to define it for yourself . The definition I use for myself and to inform my work with clients is, “achieving or producing a significant amount or result.” (Emphasis mine). Productivity is subjective (and hard to measure) because each person gets to determine what is significant, and the significance changes […]

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Productivity Measurement in the Knowledge Economy

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Until recently, the emphasis for workers has been on production (output); however, with the transition to a knowledge-based economy, the focus has shifted to performance that produces results (outcomes), and the quality of those results. Leaders need to clarify expectations about knowledge workers’ availability and understand that a new basis for productivity measurement is necessary. There […]

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Manage Distraction —It Could Cost Millions

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Companies can save millions of dollars by helping workers manage distraction.  According to recent research, it’s not only possible but you can do it with a simple shift of perception (that will ultimately affect corporate culture, employee morale, overall productivity and, ultimately, the corporate bottom-line). Rather than focusing on “time management” issues in your organization, recognize that […]

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Increase Productivity by Maximizing Your Time

Increase productivity by maximizing your time

Do you have only 100 minutes, or less, to get your work done in a day? Today’s always-on, all-access economy has led to unnatural patterns that are counter-productive and are damaging to knowledge workers. From checking  and sending work communications at all hours, to thinking that email is not ‘real work,’ to the fear of missing out […]

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