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Putting the human back in human resources

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This is a guest article by Sheila Bouman. Technology has changed our world—from the way we work to the way we play and everything in between. For most companies, the human resources function is no exception.

Grow your ability to delegate

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Executives often struggle to delegate well, so I was impressed by advice I recently saw from Halley Bock, the president and CEO of Seattle-based Fierce Inc. , l eadership development and training experts. Following is an email interview I conducted with her about the model and how to apply it.

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Are You Presenting a Professional Image on Social Media?

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Social guidance company, PeopleLinx, has compiled this infographic summarizing the three main planks of social business, as a checklist to ensure that your are representing yourself and your company in the best way possible. Continue reading → Networking professionalism social media at work

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8 Habits of Effective Critical Thinkers

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10 ways to become a better critical thinker at work and in life. Continue reading → Problem-Solving decision making self-improvement

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10 quotes on leadership

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Here are 10 of my favorite leadership quotes. I hope they inspire you as much as they inspire me! Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” John F. Kennedy. The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born—that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.” Warren Bennis. There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” Colin Powell. “Don’t

3 Tips for Practicing Mindfulness in a Multitasking Workplace: Neurologist Shares the Science Behind Its Effectiveness

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Mindfulness – being focused and fully present in the here and now – is good for individuals and good for a business’s bottom line. Continue reading → Time Management multitasking productivity Time management

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Your future is on your to-do list

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This is a guest article by Jeff Davidson. Everyone maintains a to-do list in one form or another. In the day-to-day hustle and bustle, too often we fail to realize that the items we include on our to-do lists have a direct impact on our futures.

6 Tips to Overcome Overload

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We’re living in a fast-paced, technology-centered world, and that can take a toll on your productivity and performance. Use these tactics to minimize the pain associated with cyber-overload—and prevent total burnout: Limit multitasking and task switching. If you want to … Continue reading → Productivity Time Management healthy lifestyle stress work/life balance

How to Escape Your Unemployment (or Under-Employment) Trap Principal Recruiter Lays the Blueprint

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Richard B. Alman offers a blueprint that can help would-be employees in these tough positions. Continue reading → Goals career advancement process improvement self-improvement

Remembering ‘The 7 Habits’

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“Seek first to understand,” my little girl admonished me a few months ago, when I reprimanded her before asking any questions about a situation. I was busted. A few weeks earlier I had tried to pass along one of the lessons from Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

12 tips for mastering your to-do list

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This is a guest article by Jeff Davidson. Some people are more effective at maintaining a to-do list and executing the items on the list. Here are a number of do’s and don’ts gleaned over the years from my observations on what makes a successful career professional. Things to do with your list: Think ahead. Draw up your list at the end of the day for the next day, or very early in the morning for the day that will unfold.

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Minimize everyone’s wasted time

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The following is a guest article by Catherine Ahern, Web editor of Briefings Media Group. The other day I had to go to one of my least favorite places in the world: the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Is Email a Friend or Foe?

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Check out this great infographic I found over at Aol.com. Continue reading → Productivity Email technology time wasters waste time

Results vs. relationships: Find your balance on the leadership seesaw

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This is a guest article by Lee Ellis. As a child, riding a seesaw was fun, wasn’t it? Well, except when you didn’t have equal weight on both sides—then it was just out of balance and someone got stuck in midair. That bears the question—is your leadership out of balance?

10 questions to improve your productivity

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To do the right things, first you must identify what those actions are. Productivity coach Bruce Lee recommends regularly asking yourself these questions: How well does my use of time match my priorities? What am I doing that doesn’t really need to be done?

3 reasons people multitask in your meetings

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Even when they do it under the table, you know when meeting participants are tapping away on their mobile phones instead of paying attention. Maybe you even hear someone on a conference call clicking computer keys.

4 services that ease business travel

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The following is a guest article by Catherine Ahern, Web editor of Briefings Media Group. . Business trips can provide great opportunities—or excessive stress and frustration. The following services will ensure that your upcoming business travel is painless and productive: LugLess.

Problem-solving can be a matter of life or death | The Organized.

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The ability to effectively identify and resolve problems is critical to the life of an organization. Recently, I had an opportunity to reflect on a dozen factors in problem-solving during a life-threatening situation

The argument for writing it down | The Organized Executive's Blog

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Have you noticed a trend of waiters and waitresses not writing down your food order? I had, so I read with interest a New York Post article this week about why servers opt not to take notesand customers' uneasiness with

18-Minute Productivity Boost

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You don’t have to overhaul your entire work process to create more time each day. Continue reading → Time Management

Focus on the task at hand

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This is a guest article by Jeff Davidson. A study published in Science magazine suggested that people spend 47% “of their waking hours thinking about something other than the activity they’re actually involved in.”

Forsake your electronic leash

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This is a guest article by Jeff Davidson. Nearly everybody I encounter proceeds as if they are constantly at risk of missing out on something by not being near their smartphone or other communication device. Sadly, such individuals can’t consistently muster the concentration levels necessary to execute their tasks. The notion of being immersed in a project with no possible distractions is seemingly out of the question. That mindset represents irrational thinking for many reasons.

The missing role from your meetings

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I was surprised to see a page in my fourth-grader’s school folder describing roles that are common in effective meetings. Titled “Cooperative Group Role Cards,” the page was created by the International Reading Association and National Council of Teachers of English.

The mission statement test

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Walk up to five employees today and ask them what your organization’s mission is. Can you recite your organization’s mission statement without looking it up? Has your organization even formally defined its mission? Our company, Briefings Media Group , recently adopted a mission statement that I love.

When good employees do bad: Seven behaviors that may precede a scandal

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This is a guest article by David Gebler, adapted from his new book, The 3 Power Values. Good intentions can lead to bad outcomes in business.

Choose the best days to meet

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Planning a meeting? Don’t just pick any day to decide when to meet. Choose the most productive day to bring your work group together. Follow these guidelines: In-depth meetings: Tuesdays and Wednesdays are good days to cover complex topics. People will have cleared the work that accumulated over the weekend, and they will not be in a panic to clear their desks for the next days off.

The dirty little secret hiding on your screen

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I caught only a glimpse, but it was enough to horrify me. As an acquaintance opened a program on her laptop, I saw that her desktop was littered with files and shortcuts. I’ve worked with other people who kept their desks tidy but filled their computer desktops with clutter.

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To do or not to do: That is the question

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This is a guest article by Jeff Davidson. Much of what makes your to-do list, and much of what takes up your time during the day, should not be done at all. If that sounds shocking to you, I have a simple test you can take to determine whether or not the observation is true. Get your work calendars from 10 years ago, five years ago, a year ago and a month ago, if you still have them, in whatever form they exist.

Somebody (not everybody) take note

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Who takes notes during your meetings? If you said “Everybody,” that means nobody is giving their full attention to the topics under discussion. If you designate one official note taker, that will free everyone else to focus on the discussion and other action.

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The cost and benefit of an apology | The Organized Executive's Blog

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Does saying I'm sorry make a difference? Absolutely. A recent article at Knowledge @ Wharton Today explains that offering an apology has both costs and benefits. Don't apologize and others might see you as more

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Tackling your to-do list when unforeseen events arise

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This is a guest article by Jeff Davidson. Each day when you compose your to-do list, and begin merrily proceeding down the list, do you take into account what is likely to occur in the course of a day? No matter how well we compose our to-do lists, and how productive we are in handling the products and tasks on the list, within the course of a day, invariably, unexpected obligations, interruptions and other developments arise that are going to throw us off.

The vacation dilemma: to unplug from the office or not | The.

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During my spring vacation I occasionally scanned my office email, and I regretted it. I found myself distracted by events at the office. So last month, I vowed to not look at office email during my weeklong vacation

Recover from a HUGE Productivity Killer

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When someone or something kills your productivity, follow these steps. Continue reading → Productivity Stress productivity productivity killer stress

Cut your email volume by 75%

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Last Monday morning, as my colleague Catherine was starting a weeklong vacation, I came across an interesting infographic that I thought she would like to add to one of our Pinterest boards. I copied the URL for the image, pasted it into a blank email with a brief note and didn’t send it.

One question to put you on the right course

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During happy family events, my father would reach over to Mom sitting beside him, pat her leg and ask “How do you like it so far?” For Pa it was really a statement rather than a question and his way of saying that they were having one of the best times of their lives.

Wise words from female executives

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The following is a guest article by Catherine Welborn, web editor of Briefings Media Group. As Women’s History Month wraps up, I am sharing a few of my favorite quotes from inspiring female leaders: Although these quotes are from woman, I believe their wisdom speaks to us all, regardless of gender.

Are you measuring what matters?

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The following is a guest article by Catherine Welborn, web editor of Briefings Media Group. I missed this Chip Conley TED Talk when it came out in 2010, and I want to pass it along to you.

How to schedule items on your to-do list

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This is a guest article by Jeff Davidson. The research is in, and Homo sapiens are definitely more adept at tackling big challenges earlier in the day than later. Peak energy and alertness for most people is at 8 a.m. Also, fewer interruptions are likely earlier in the day. This is not to say you can’t be effective handling large tasks later in the day, and sometimes you have no choice but to do so.

4 questions for multitaskers

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Last week I had an opportunity to listen to Joanne Cantor ’s excellent audio conference “So You Think You Can Multitask.” Cantor is an expert on the psychology of media and communications, and she speaks and consults on topics including productivity and stress reduction.

Grant employees the time off they deserve | The Organized.

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It didn't take long for me to recognize that J. was one of the most valuable employees in the department I took over. So when she asked for permission to take three weeks of vacation to visit Africa, the thought of not