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 […]

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 […]

LEADx Podcast Interview: Productivity Tips for Leaders

Your leadership style has a big effect on your own productivity — and the productivity of your team. I dug into this and other productivity tips for leaders as a guest on a recent episode of The LEADx Leadership Show podcast with Kevin Kruse. Kevin is the founder + CEO of LEADx.org, which provides education […]

The value of workflow management

Guest post by Shawn Thomas Imagine a lake filled with water so clear you can see the bottom, even at a depth of a hundred feet. Then, once you’ve taken moment to imagine that incredible scene, consider another, slightly different scene. This time, instead of crystal clear water, imagine a lake so murky that you […]

Why Spending Money to Save Time Pays Off

If someone gave you $40, would you spend it on stuff or on a service that helps you save time? One of those purchases will make you happier than the other one, a new study has found. And it’s not the one you might think. Researchers assigned the study participants to spend $40 one weekend […]

3 Ways to Become More Productive

Recently I was interviewed by my friend, Steve Harper, to help his clients at OwnerInsite become more productive and solve some of their productivity challenges. OwnerInsite offers construction project management software, but the advice Steve pulled out of me is relevant for any busy professional. In this 13 minute interview, I explain how construction professionals (and others) can […]

Shopping for Corporate Training? Don’t Make These 4 Mistakes

According to Training Magazine, average corporate training budgets depend on the size of the company, and range from $290,000 (fewer than 1,000 employees) to $13 million (more than 10,000 employees) annually. Throughout my 20-plus years in the corporate training industry, I consistently see mistakes—especially by smaller companies that lack learning and development expertise —that prevent […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]