Archive for July, 2010

Working on a Railroad

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

One might think that government employees at the Texas Railroad Commission would take great pride in taking care of trains in the Lone Star State. It’s too bad, then, that the agency has no authority over railroads.
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Workplace Productivity and Motivation

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Rewards and punishments are such an integral part of organizations it’s hard to imagine doing anything else. Yet a new video reminds us that these are the least effective ways to motivate anyone.
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Ring, Ring Go Away

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

When it comes to being productive, a ringing telephone is far from helpful. In fact, many would agree the nuisance is downright distracting.  But can this type of communication be avoided when conducting business? To Slaughter Development’s founder, the phone can and should be handled more intelligently.

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Should Workflow be Lightweight?

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Andrew McAfee has been singing the praises of “lightweight workflow.” But is he really talking about reducing churn or just trying to better leverage interruptions?
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The Power of Zoning

Monday, July 19th, 2010

At our last event in the 2010 Productivity Series, we talked about Workplace Artifacts. A powerful component of effective forms, files and workspaces is the use of zoning.

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Dissipating Fear With Trust

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Despite the occasional need for rollercoaster rides or horror films, fear is not an emotion most people want to experience often. This is particularly true if it shows up in the office.

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No Review; Plan And Do

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

Robby Slaughter, founder of Slaughter Development, recently addressed a dilemma posed in the B2B Social Media Digest regarding performance reviews. His suggestion: “We don’t need to review, we need to plan and do.”

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Blog Indiana and Total Insanity

Monday, July 12th, 2010

I’m speaking again at Blog Indiana this year on the topic of blogging and productivity. This year’s topic: “Producing Content Without Agony.”
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Retirement R&R?

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Believe it or not, the time has come for baby boomers to trade in meetings and work weeks for some well deserved R&R. For my father-in-law however, the process of retirement—let alone the idea—is anything but relaxing.

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Disregarding Decision

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Jacob Miller prides himself on his decisiveness. No matter what options, alternatives or dilemmas forthcoming, he makes a choice and sticks to it. That is of course, until he chose to construct a home.

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