Tackling Distraction With ‘The Innovation Show’

Distraction is the No. 1 enemy of productivity. I talked about how to strengthen your battle plan against it during my recent interview on The Innovation Show. Hosted by Aidan McCullen, The Innovation Show is a podcast for forward-thinking leaders, entrepreneurs and anyone else interested in change and disruption. Of course, one of the biggest […]

To-Do List Tips – My ‘Sales For Nerds’ Interview

Is your to-do list making it easier or harder for you to complete tasks and move toward your goals? Some simple tweaks can make your list a whole lot more effective. I talked about better ways to create and manage your to-do list, along with other productivity topics, on a recent episode of the Sales […]

Podcast Preview: Knowledge Workers’ Productivity

If you’re a leader, do you manage with the wellbeing of your knowledge workers’ brains in mind? I talked about why this is essential during my recent interview with Andrea Simon for the On the Brink podcast. Andi is a principal and founder of Simon Associates Management Consultants and has over 20 years of experience […]

How to Retain Star Performers

Employee retention is business leaders’ top concern right now. In a competitive job market, how can your company retain star performers, making sure they are are happy and that they don’t leave for greener pastures? Raises can be part of the equation, but other perks that don’t cost money can also be helpful.  Also, are you considering employee […]

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 […]

Reduce Stress By Embracing Attention Management

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 […]

Productivity Measurement in the Knowledge Economy

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 […]

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 […]

Why You Don’t Need More Time Management Tips

My latest article for Harvard Business Review is based on something that happens to me a lot as a productivity trainer: Executives want me to teach their team time management tips and techniques to help them be more productive. But, in talking to them, it becomes clear that their staff doesn’t need time management tips […]

Lack of Innovation is a Corporate Issue

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 […]