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An expert in time management was invited to speak to an MBA class. After a brief introduction she reached down and produced a very large mason jar and set it on a table in front of her.
Great image, great anecdote
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More than ever before, customers now have the power to decide how, when and whether they will do business with a particular company. As a result, companies
Good high level overview of why customer centricity is important and why it is hard to achieve
Warren Berger, author of A More Beautiful Question, collected the provocative questions top designers, tech innovators, and entrepreneurs ask...
6 Questions that can help you make bolder decisions and counter the fear that surrounds innovation.
No matter how much email you receive, there is always someone who gets more. So how do they keep up? By not answering every piece of communication that comes across their desk.
Email is a massive time suck - here are some great ways to reduce the load on yourself and your colleagues
keep up or get out. this helps.
Your education doesn't have to stop once you leave school—freedom from the classroom just means you have more control over what you learn and when you learn it.
Here's a run down of all the free online courses running this summer. Most of them are Massive Open Online Courses. This means you will be in a group of 1000's of other students from around the world. Courses will normally consist of video lectures, assignments and discussion forums.
There's some amazing free learning to be had, but you need to be enthusiastic and motivated to make it through a MOOC. Don't underestimate how much work is involved. On the other hand who says you have to finish it, it's free and you can just pick and choose the bits you are itnerested in if you're not too fussed about gettign a certificate at the end.
Creative projects often require us to pick up new skills – and fast. Learn how the Flatiron School accelerates the learning process through collaboration.
There are many ways to learn. This is a nice example of the power of collaborative learning. It doesn't have to take place in a classroom.
Being assertive -- standing up for yourself and speaking your mind in a clear yet respectful way -- can be remarkably hard on a good day.
We worry if we ask for what we need, we'll put someone out. Or that we'll come across as a you-know-what. So we just let what we want go unsaid.
It's a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments -- you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to ge
Do you avoid saying no because you're afreaid that you might hurt, anger, or disappoint the person you're saying "no" to? The English love to apologise, and tip 4 is a great reminder that sometimes doing so weakens your case!
Interesting article ! worth a read folks
Covey’s Time Management Matrix separates Urgent vs Important tasks via 4 Quadrants. See full article for examples with comics.
What's the difference between important and urgent and why does it matter to your productivity? Read this it's good.
The Simple Secret to Time Management: Jedi Time Tricks. How to Stay Productive When You're on the Road. Ask an Expert: All About Paperless Living.
Focus on the improtant things not the urgent things
Schedule your priorities
Do the most important thing first
One at a time
Email expert Itzy Sabo sets Microsoft Outlook to color-code all email addressed only to him blue, because those messages are more likely to be more important and require action from him.
A simple tip to make it easier to prioritise your emails
Ineffective meetings, waste time and money, as well as contributing towards creating a poor opinion of the skills of the chairperson by the reluctant attendees.
Meetings in any business need not be tedious, time wasting, demoralising or simply painful, instead chairpersons should aim to run great meetings, where the talent in the room is leveraged and everyone's time is used effectively.
This excellent article, identifies the seven reasons meetings usually suck, and it then provides 10 tips that chairpeople can follow to ensure that their meetings run effectively.
THis article contais some sublte hints for the chairperson to leverage all the talent in the room and make sure everyone's time is used effectively.
Nothing worse than a pointless meeting or a meeting about a meeting. Some great tips to be found here.
This link does what it says on the tin and provides 10 tips for better meetings, but search the tag facilitationfriday, and you'll find so much more...
Some days you may wonder if the meetings you attend are nothing more than a kind of bad performance art. There’s Negative Nelly, Blowhard Bob and Always
Some creative suggestions for avoiding "meetings from hell".
Knowledge plays an important role in the productivity and prosperity of economies, organizations, and individuals. Even so, research on learning has primarily focused on the role of doing (experience) in fostering progress over time. To compare the effectiveness of different sources of learning, the authors take a micro approach and study learning at the individual level.
"We do not learn from experience ... we learn from reflecting on experience." Key concepts include:
Having trouble focusing on what you really need to do? You're not alone. According to a survey by Salary.com, the average worker admits to wasting 2.09 hours of each eight-hour workday, not including lunch or scheduled breaks.
Eight simple tips to help you focus, free up time and get more done every day. If you're struggling to make room to Take10 each day, why not start by looking at how you manage your day?
Let us know if you or your team would like some help with this. We've got a whole box of tricks that will transform the way you work.
Work expands to fill the time available for its completion. If you're into productivity, you'll know this proverb as Parkinson's Law. This interesting stat (Utilising Parkinson's Law to the absolute max.
Sound advice on how to allocate approriate amounts of time to differenct tasks
Working together has been part of the educational process since ancient Greece, if not before. But in today’s increasingly collaborative world, where answers to information are mere seconds away, this approach is being reinvented by active learners, for active learners. Ongoing improvements in personal technology and online communities have redefined what it means to be social. And this will, in turn, redefine what it means to teach and learn.
Let’s go myth-busting.
A good look at what social learning is and isn't. Don't confuse social media with social learning
1. Social learning is not new
2. Social learning is not the same as social media
3. Social learning is powerful
4. Social learning is for everyone
perhaps old ways of "testing" knowledge should be turned to new ways to verify that knowlege can be applied.
Stress relief — Discover the why, when and how of saying no to reduce stress.
Something from the medical experts!
These simple tips on saying no give you easy ways to say no to requests on your time without having to be pushy, so you can say no to more stress and yes to the things you really want in life.
Some great tips on how to say no. I liked the suggestion of telling someone that you'll think about it and get back to them best; I'm going to try this.
Daily stand-up meetings have become a common ritual of many teams, especially in Agile software development. However, there are many subtle details that distinguish effective stand-ups and a waste of time
There are several goals for a daily stand-up meeting:
As a mnemonic device, think of GIFTS:
Good Start, Improvement, Focus, Team, Status
You're composing that email to Someone Very Important, and you'd do backflips if it would get him or her to actually open the message.
Get faster replies to your emails and create some good email karma by using clear and to the point subject lines in your emails.
Discover 200+ free online courses by great universities -- Harvard, Stanford. MIT, etc. Most offer
This is an amazing resource for finding lots of free stuff!! There are two great courses starting in March: 1) Foundations of Business Strategy and 2) Leading Strategic Innovation in Organizations.
Why not give one of them a try and let us know how you get on??
Ground rules for effective meetings and the amazing difference between a values-based approach and a behaviour-based approach towards team-working.
What's the best way to manage a steamroller in a meeting, read this for some insight on focussing on behaviours and concentrating on impact.
Most meetings are structured around the person doing the talking.
The energy and focus are directed towards the person at the front of the room.
In this type of environment, the leader probably starts planning the meeting by asking the question, “What am I going to talk about?”
But in a flipped environment, this structure is reversed. The participants are the focus.
Don't meet to talk about what to do. Meet to do it. Some great insight into "flipping" your meetings; where the participants as opposed to the "leader" are the focus.