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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What Your Brain Needs to 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 […]

Sneak Peek: My New Guide to Corporate Productivity

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 […]

Effectively Manage Business Text and Instant Messages

Email isn’t the only high-tech distraction that makes it hard to focus at work. You’re probably also struggling to  manage business text and instant messages, not to mention notifications from services like Skype and Slack or HipChat. A client recently wrote me to ask for tips on the best ways to manage messages from these sources. […]