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10 Secrets to Overcoming Procrastination

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Infographic- 10 Secrets to Overcoming ProcrastinationIf “Be More Effective” is on your list of things to do this year, don’t miss our newest infographic, 10 Secrets for Overcoming Procrastination (opens a PDF). Procrastination is one of the most common ways people block their own productivity. We hope you will find the information useful…and share it with others!

The information featured in this overcoming procrastination infographic is pulled from the popular video, Time ChallengedTime Challenged reminds us that just “wishing for more time” isn’t an effective strategy. The character in the video learns how to identify and avoid behavior that is causing him to waste time, while also discovering ways to prioritize and accomplish tasks.

Using Teamwork Videos to Foster Productivity and Improve Results

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Bringing your company’s mission and purpose to fruition requires more than the individual efforts of star employees. Teamwork is absolutely essential to any organization’s long-term success. However, issues with communication and interpersonal dynamics can create obstacles that keep groups from working well together. Teamwork videos help your employees overcome these obstacles and create highly functioning teams.

Using Team Building Videos to Foster Productivity and Improve Results

Through compelling examples and proven instructional models, teamwork videos can help  teams overcome obstacles while expanding their capacity for collaboration, innovation and execution. You can use videos to improve team performance in these crucial areas:

  • Communication: When team members are unable or unwilling to communicate effectively, it is nearly impossible for the team as a whole to function properly. Barriers to team communication can include personality conflicts, lack of trust, disrespect, and false consensus (where people are reluctant to express an opposing opinion). Many popular team building videos address these issues while providing information on how to keep group communication honest, respectful, positive and productive.
  • Achieving Goals: In the workplace, teams are generally created for a specific purpose. Empowering teams to set goals helps individual team members work beyond their own personal agendas while keeping everyone focused on the task at hand. When goals are unclear or group members aren’t sure of how the part they play contributes to the overall team objective, accountability suffers and the team becomes ineffective. Teach your teams how to set realistic goals, gain everyone’s commitment to those goals and track performance with videos that provide team training in these areas.
  • Solving Problems: Even the best of teams will occasionally hit an obstacle. How a group overcomes such obstacles can determine the degree to which they will be successful over time. Some of the best teamwork videos available are those that provide inspiration and instruction in this area. Highly recommended are videos that tell true stories of remarkable team accomplishments, such as the team that worked tirelessly to overcome setbacks and save 33 miners trapped underground in Chile…or the team that helped a blind mountain climber reach the summit of Mt. Everest.  
  • Leadership: Without great leadership, groups may be able to get some things done…but it is unlikely that they will really become a “team” in the truest sense of the word.  The right kind of leader helps unify the group and ensures that all voices are heard.  He or she keeps the team on course, nips conflict in the bud, and celebrates victories along the way. Using teamwork videos specifically designed for teaching people how to build and lead a high-performing team will set both the designated team leader and the team itself up for success.

Why Use Videos?

Using videos as a medium for teamwork training offers some notable benefits.

  • It is important for each member of a team to receive the same training information as every other person in the group. Video training provides this kind of uniform experience.
  • Teamwork videos engage employees through both sight and sound, helping them retain more information than through written or audio training alone.
  • Finally, many teamwork videos profile real-world teams comprised of ordinary people who’ve accomplished extraordinary things by working together. This provides a highly effective form of motivation.

Teamwork videos are essential training resources for any employer interested in creating teams that excel in productivity and leadership.

Recommended Training Resources: The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team, based on the best-selling book by Patrick Lencioni, helps teams overcome the most common barriers to peak performance.  And, Everest, a documentary account of the amazing team that enabled blind mountain climber Erik  Weihenmayer to reach the summit of Mt. Everest.

Beware of These Common Cognitive Biases

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

If critical thinking was easy, everyone would do it.

Every day we are faced with cognitive challenges to effective thinking. From emotions to unchecked assumptions and ambiguous data, we constantly make decisions without applying the rigors of critical thinking. Cognitive biases are frequent barriers to rational thought and effective decision making, but we are rarely conscious of our own biases.

Here’s a great graphic from Business Insider (see just below) that shows 20 of the most popular cognitive biases in decision making. (more…)

4 Ways to Combat Negativity at Work

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

attitudevirusworkforce_thumbNegativity in the workplace can be related to overwork, job insecurity, lack of leadership, boredom, lack of rewards, personality conflicts and many other factors.

Any one of us can be tempted to “go negative” from time to time.  Sadly, for some, it is the way they communicate most of the time. Whether you are working to combat your own negativity or are needing to respond to negativity from others, here are a few things to keep in mind: (more…)

Managers Must Manage Themselves First

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

If you ask people to share a piece of life-changing advice they’ve received from a manager, you might hear a few noteworthy pearls of wisdom. However, you are more likely to find that what typically sticks with someone is not the particular pieces of information that were shared, but how a manager presented the advice. 103

Here’s why. A manager’s ability to influence employees is, first and foremost, related to the manager’s ability to manage him or herself. Managers often botch “teachable moments” because their message is mixed with an expression of anger or frustration. When messages are delivered in this manner, without consideration for the individual and the situation, it can create the opposite of the desired effect. (more…)

The Power of Boundaries

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

“It felt like I had no choice.” These words were spoken by a successful corporate executive who managed million-dollar high-tech projects, and pioneered new ways of communicating within her organization and for her clients.

She was describing what can happen when we don’t have good boundaries.

CRM    --     452 compressed“I resented feeling like I had to say ‘yes’ to every request, no matter what,” she continued, “I watched colleagues heading out to lunch, going home at a reasonable hour, while feeling like I had to make the client happy at any cost.”

You might think this was an expectation within her corporate culture. It wasn’t. As she came to realize, it was a question of her own boundaries — or lack thereof. (more…)

Knowledge Transfer: Why it’s important, and how it’s done

Monday, June 29th, 2015

“It’s easier to just do it myself.” Have you ever heard that said? And be honest: have you ever said it?

It can feel true. Teaching what you know takes time and energy that are hard to spare from the everyday demands of your job. And teaching what you know isn’t part of most people’s job descriptions. So why not just do it (whatever “it” is) yourself, rather than teaching someone else?

There are many reasons – and here are three questions to consider if you’ve been saying “it’s easier to do it myself.” (more…)

Resolving to Be a Better “You” At Work – 12 Success Behaviors for the New Year

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

No, we’re not going to tell you how to keep your New Year’s resolution to go to the gym, eat more vegetables, or spend more time with your kids.

We are going to suggest a dozen resolutions you can adopt that will make a difference to your career, your organization, and even your sense of personal satisfaction in your work.

These suggestions are all about your interactions with people – including yourself.

Ready?  Let’s go!  Repeat after us … (more…)

Is “Business Etiquette” Still Relevant?

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Impressions Count In the WorkplaceIt wasn’t that long ago when people at work greeted co-workers and customers with sayings like “How do you do?”, or “Good morning, Miss Jones”.  In general, employees went to work knowing that they were expected to dress and act with a high degree of professional decorum.

The workplace certainly has changed from those days, and what was once considered proper business etiquette would now be thought ridiculously formal and stuffy. In fact, given how casual most offices are these days, you might wonder if “business etiquette” is even relevant any more.

We’d like to make the case that it is.  Because etiquette is really just another name for courtesy, and courtesy is always relevant.

Last week, a delivery man came bursting into our office with music absolutely blasting from a player on his belt, shouting about needing a signature. Fortunately, our office manager was quick on the uptake and took him outside to sign for the package…but not before everyone within a 30-foot radius stopped their work to see what the ruckus was. (more…)


 

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