Articles on: Productivity

Are Distractions Killing Your Productivity?

   A recent HBR article addressed the topic of coping with the overwhelming amount of distractions we are bombarded with on a daily basis. The world is getting louder every day and without any strategies to limit the distractions, they will wreck the schedule of even the most well-intentioned productive individuals, including you! Recent studies […]

Would you consider a shorter work week?

It’s no surprise that the world is changing, but as we wrap up another Labor Day, is it time to start thinking about how we collectively labor?  It’s extremely difficult to find great new employees, it’s becoming harder to keep them and employee engagement continues to be very low (less than 20% from a global […]

Got a problem? I-D-S it…!

Every business has issues.   There are issues when business is good and there are issues when business is bad.   The reality is all businesses have issues (even yours).   It’s the ability to effectively solve those issues that often separates one business from another.  But how does one effectively and efficiently solve issues? There has to […]

Parkinson’s Law, Productivity and Summer Hours…

It’s likely that you’re familiar with the experience of having a burst of productivity right before leaving town on vacation.  Knowing that you only have a couple of days to get a lot of stuff done, miraculously decisions are made, your focus improves and action items start disappearing like cold drinks at a summer barbecue. […]

What can the Slowest Hiker teach you?

If you’re starting to think about strategic planning, it might help you to develop a different perspective as a way to challenge your thinking. It’s easy to get caught up in the idea of just doing more… ‘our plan for next year is 20% growth’ and while that might be a fine outcome, it doesn’t […]

Are you being impacted by Cognitive Disruption? I bet you are…

A survey by Pew this past January revealed that 77% of all Americans have smartphones and 92% of all Americans under age 35 have smartphones.   Those percentages would only climb if you added “employed/working ” to the demographic surveyed.  The bottom line is nearly every one of your employees has a smartphone and they are […]