Productivity

Question – How can you save £26k* a year? Answer – By investing time and effort in virtual meetings AND doing them properly. If there’s one thing that elicits more dread than the thought of sitting for hours in an office meeting room, it’s spending the same time on a Skype call! But as the
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It’s fair to say that these are the most challenging times some of us have seen in our lifetime. With so much uncertainty in the air and the way we live our lives changing so drastically, it’s even being compared to times of war. Amongst all of this, we do believe it is possible to
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How do you motivate a remote team and lead them to feel empowered, autonomous, trusted to work with flexibility and retain the same level of productivity?  All of which ultimately feeds into a virtuous circle of higher engagement, motivation, wellbeing and productivity. Many people today are screaming for empowerment, autonomy and flexibility from their jobs.
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Takeaway: Change is inevitable and we need to learn to embrace it. Four tactics to get you started: have an awareness for change and how it interacts with your expectations, see every data point as part of a broader trend, shift your mindset to view change as the default state of the world, and meditate.
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Takeaway: Many of us want to read more but are unsure of how to do it. A handful of tactics to try: set specific times to read, create a comfortable physical environment, identify less meaningful activities and replace them with reading, read shorter books, have multiple books on-the-go, put down books you’re not enjoying, make
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Takeaway: It’s common productivity advice that you should begin each day by “eating a frog”—doing the hardest thing on your list. I find it even more helpful to begin each morning with the task I’m proudest (and most relieved) to have accomplished. Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes, 18s. There’s a common bit of productivity advice that suggests we begin
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Takeaway: Success can distract us from the problems that may compromise our future achievements and happiness. It can draw attention away from what needs to be fixed, provide a false sense of comfort, and lead to harmful side effects. Always be on the hunt for problems to fix—while also staying grateful (and humble), and recognizing the price of the success you’ve achieved.  Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes, 1s. Ed Catmull, Pixar’s cofounder and past president,
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Data from the Institute for Corporate Productivity’s (i4cp) latest pulse survey of 315 business leaders found that addressing the issue of racial inequity enterprisewide is a top priority for most companies. Among larger organizations (those employing >1,000 people), the importance placed on this is undeniably distinct—a combined 80% said last week that the level of this
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Takeaway: The next time you reach a strong impasse with a problem, sleep on it, by writing down the problem before heading to bed. Incubating unresolved problems overnight lets your mind wander, rest, and unearth insights you might not otherwise have had. Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes, 13s. Podcast Length: 18 minutes, 34s (link to
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Takeaway: Last week I challenged you to go as many days as possible without charging your phone. Some practical tips to help you do that (especially during this anxious time): rethink which jobs you hire your phone for, rearrange your home screen, take advantage of your phone’s many modes, and opt to get news alerts from a
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Takeaway: This week, try going three days without charging your phone. Or, if you can’t stomach that idea, try two. Estimated Reading Time: 44s. Could you make your phone’s battery last two days without charging? As a stretch goal, what about three days? How differently would you need to use the device to make it
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With the U.S. Election Day (November 3) nearly upon us, most employers are anticipating disruption to their workforce cultures both before and after the election, according to the latest data from the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp).   Of the 114 larger organizations polled (those with workforces of >1,000), nearly half (48%) reported that they
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Back in March, the world shifted. Travel halted. Offices shut. Businesses closed. We stopped being in the same room as each other and started only seeing each other through a screen. For Think Productive, as a Productivity Training Company delivering face to face workshops in people’s offices, it was a scary time for us. Luckily,
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Takeaway: A few tactics to help you inbox with intention: track your email usage, adopt email sprints, take an email vacation, suggest phone calls for longer discussions, and send less email. Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes, 38s. Podcast Length: 26 minutes, 8s (link to play podcast at the bottom of post). While the idea of Inbox
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Over the past two weeks since i4cp published its initial guidance on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) recent ruling on human capital disclosure (member only), we’ve engaged in many conversations with a cross section of senior-level business executives – including several who serve on public company boards –  to gain insight into the corporate
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Takeaway: The most productive people don’t hustle themselves into an early grave—they work with calm deliberateness, prioritizing thoughtfulness over speed. This will help you work with greater intention. Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes, 45s. There seem to be two schools of thought for how we should approach productivity advice.   The first is that we should hustle
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This week’s Learning and Development action call hosted special guest Andre Martin, VP, People Development at Google. Martin was interviewed by i4cp CEO and co-founder Kevin Oakes. Here are some highlights from the call: The value of user-generated content and peer-to-peer learning. A program at Google that has been particularly valuable this year has been
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