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 […]

4 Mistakes to Avoid at Your Corporate Offsite Meeting

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Personal Productivity and Your To-Do List

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 […]

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 […]

Manage Distraction —It Could Cost Millions

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 […]