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Be Nice. That’s It. Just Be Nice.

Be Nice. That’s It. Just Be Nice.
in Leadership & Communication

At a recent visit to a local hospital, it was hard to not notice the signage in the elevators indicating that abusive or aggressive behavior would not be tolerated there. To me that seemed so obvious that I was befuddled that it had to be blatantly stated with a professionally created sign to visitors. Then I happened upon an article from Harvard Business Review (Frontline Work When Everyone Is Angry, 11/9/2022, Harvard Business Review https://bit.ly/3TBrDOx) that explained the signs I saw. Ahhh, okay – there is an issue I was unaware of in the world these days. People are being ‘pissy.’

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Sleep and Productivity…

 Sleep and Productivity…
in Time & Life Management

Sleep is one of the key factors for our cognitive functioning to, well…function. You can probably recall a time when you didn’t get enough sleep and you were not as effective as you could have been: You forgot important information, your memory was foggy, and maybe you weren’t as speedy or focused as you normally are.

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Logistics of Aging & Dying – From an Organizing Perspective

Logistics of Aging & Dying – From an Organizing Perspective
in Organizing

This month’s blog post is taking a different turn as my mother passed away recently and I wanted to write about some things I have learned from an organizational perspective during this time. Forgive me for not mentioned the emotional journey, nor any legal aspects. This is more about the logistical aspect of losing a parent and what to do before they pass, and also before it’s your turn. 

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Yes! You CAN Make Meetings Productive!

Yes! You CAN Make Meetings Productive!
in Leadership & Communication

With most meetings occurring online, I’m hearing about the frustrations of time wasted during meetings from leaders and teams’ members alike. Meetings are running overtime. The structure is lost. People can’t make it to their meetings on time – even virtually! Some people talk too much while others never utter a word. 

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How to Finish a Task!

How to Finish a Task!
in Organizing, Time & Life Management

Are you someone who starts a whole bunch of projects and tasks yet rarely finish any of them? You are in excellent company! A huge percentage (89% according to a study shared in the Huffington Post) of business people don’t finish their task list.  Starting things and not getting back to them often is a result of procrastination, excessive distractions, poor planning, or simply a lack of desire.

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The Opposite of Worrying = Planning

The Opposite of Worrying = Planning
in Leadership & Communication, Time & Life Management

Recently, I helped a client eliminate the worrying component in his narrative which was causing serious procrastination. This is not unusual, and here are some thoughts for those who find themselves trapped in this wheel of hell. I understand worry intimately. I know those who are chronic worriers and it can quite literally ruin your life. Everything elicits worry in their mind. The truth is that the majority of the things people worry about never manifest into anything at all.

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Leaders…You Don’t Need To Have All The Answers

Leaders…You Don’t Need To Have All The Answers
in Leadership & Communication

When I was in high school, there was a teacher that had a brilliant line when he was asked a question that he didn’t know the answer to in the moment. He would state: “That is beyond the scope of this course,” with a smile. The class would always chuckle because on the first day of class, he shared that he would say that exact sentence when he was asked such a question. He turned out to be a great teacher and one whom all the students admired and spoke highly of. 

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It’s Official – List Making is Here to Stay!

It’s Official – List Making is Here to Stay!
in Time & Life Management

I’ve been writing, speaking, and training the world on list making to aid in greater productivity. I have been convinced for decades that this was the simplest and most logical way to run one’s life. Yet, there are still many out there who defy my advice determined that their method (lack thereof in reality) is superior and that making a list is stupid, stressful, unnecessary, etc. (substitute your adjective here at will).

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The 'Sandwich Approach"

The 'Sandwich Approach
in Leadership & Communication

We all end up needing to have a conversation that can become uncomfortable. We may have to share with someone our unmet expectations, disappointment, or actual annoyance. This could be with a direct report, our boss, a peer, a spouse, or maybe even a child. No one likes these situations, but we must deal with them appropriately in order to address the issue at hand.

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The Dining Room Table is The New Cubicle

The Dining Room Table is The New Cubicle
in Organizing

Work-From-Home (WFH) – Hybrid Work Spaces – Home Office – whatever you are going to call it now – you probably have noticed: It is a change that is here to stay. Many people - and companies - are forced to consider different workplace options. While there are quite a few people excited to go back into an office (that they don’t live in), many are liking the new concept of working from home. Based on my clients who work for major companies world-wide, it seems to be split about 50/50 regarding going into an office or working from home.

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