Lack of Innovation is a Corporate Issue

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The lack of individual innovation or creativity is more than just a  personal challenge – it’s a corporate problem. Profits depend on knowledge workers’ ability to generate new solutions, think on their feet and make complex decisions. When that doesn’t – or can’t – happen, it’s up to leadership to understand the dynamics and take actions […]

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Avoiding Burnout: Holistic Well-Being for Employees

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Holistic well-being of employees has not traditionally been a priority for companies. The hiring process typically involves questions around skills, knowledge and experience. However, companies are missing key questions around productivity like how they manage their day, how thoughtful are their decisions, what they do to handle distractions, or how they manage unrelenting emails. These are the very […]

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Knowledge Work Defies Traditional Boundaries

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Industrial Age work, which happened largely in factories and on assembly lines, is less prevalent and we’re now seeing a shift to a different type of work, commonly referred to as “knowledge work.” Knowledge work is the product of human brains which do not think in assembly lines nor stay confined to a factory workspace. […]

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What Your Brain Needs to Be Productive

Brain-friendly policies can hep the knowledge workers you supervise be productive.

If you’re a knowledge worker, your brain is the tool of your trade. To be productive, you have to take good care of it. If you manage knowledge workers, this means that part of your job is creating a workplace that keeps their brains happy. I teamed up with Dr. Edward Hallowell to explore this […]

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Sneak Peek: My New Guide to Corporate Productivity

Work Without Walls is a guide to employee productivity by Maura Nevel Thomas

Today, the nature of work has been upended. So what are the new rules for cultivating corporate productivity? I explore that question in my brand-new book. It’s called Work Without Walls: An Executive’s Guide to Attention Management, Productivity, and the Future of Work.    It will be available for pre-order on Amazon very soon. In the meantime, here’s a […]

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Save Time This Holiday Season

Productivity expert Maura Nevel Thomas shares ways to save time during the holiday season.

This is the season when time seems to magically speed up — and to-do lists somehow grow longer every time we look at them. The holidays don’t have to be harried, though. Today, I’ve got tips to help you save time on shopping and other holiday chores. The goal is to give you more time for […]

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Increase Productivity and Efficiency in Meetings

Forbes features Maura Nevel Thomas' tips on improving the productivity and efficiency of meetings.

Meetings take up a big part of our days, and they can be a real drain on our productivity and efficiency. Have you ever felt like you’re trying to squeeze in your “real” work around meetings? A pair of recent Forbes articles can help. In Part 1 of her report on productive meetings, writer Lisa […]

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Get Inspired (Fast!) With On the Dot Newsletter

Maura Nevel Thomas recommends On the Dot as a quick way to get inspired even if you're super-busy.

I’ve given you a lot of advice about reducing the amount of email you get. So you know a newsletter must be pretty special for me to recommend that you subscribe. But that’s how I feel about On the Dot. This newsletter is one of my favorite ways to get inspired and informed in just a few […]

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Productivity Tips to Maximize Every Minute

Maura Thomas has been featured in Fast Company

What can you accomplish in 15 minutes? Quite a bit! I shared some productivity tips with writer Lisa Rabasca Roepe for her recent Fast Company article, “Got 15 Spare Minutes? Here’s How to Make It Count.” This article focuses on how to use those stray pockets of time that might pop up in your day […]

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How Leaders Can Drive Productivity In the Workplace

'The Remarkable Leadership Podcast' interviewed Maura Nevel Thomas about productivity improvement for teams and individuals.

(2 minute read, 30 minute podcast) Leaders are responsible for both their own productivity and for productivity in the workplace. Recently, I had the chance to talk about both aspects of productivity with Kevin Eikenberry of “The Remarkable Leadership Podcast.” Kevin is an author and leadership consultant, and his podcast features discussions about leadership, teamwork […]

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