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 […]

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 […]

3 Overlooked Components to Improve Productivity

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 […]

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 […]