Productivity

On this episode, we chat about how to avoid “all or nothing” thinking—also known as the “eff it” effect, or the abstinence violation effect, if you want to get technical about it. Topics covered include: ⁃ Not being satisfied by partial success⁃ How the effect plays out across different time scales⁃ The idea of “sunk
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It’s impossible to read any business publication these days and not come away with the understanding that senior executives, functional leaders, and other business professionals are spending a lot of think time under the same topic umbrella—the future of work.  Some are asking the questions you’d expect: What will work encompass? Who will do it
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The turmoil that sparked last summer’s social justice and racial equity demonstrations shook political and social foundations. It also compelled corporate leaders to make unprecedented promises to address systemic inequities in the workplace and beyond—a survey fielded last June by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) showed that approximately 90% of the 216 organizations polled
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Takeaway: Reflect deeply on where your goals come from—whether you accept the default goals that are expected of you, or choose them for yourself. Accepting the default script puts you at risk of living out of alignment with your true self. Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes, 38s. I’ve been thinking a lot about goals lately.
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Just-in results from the latest i4cp survey confirm that employers continue to prefer encouraging, and not requiring, employees to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. Most of the just over 400 respondents (62%) surveyed last week say they encourage employees to be vaccinated or plan to; only 4% require or plan to require the injections. In both cases, 30%
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Takeaway: Some problems are best solved by continuously chipping away at them. For others, there’s a real benefit in letting your mind wander. This allows us to connect the future, past, and present and come up with new ideas and be intentional about our goals. Capture mode, problem crunching mode, and habitual mode are two
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The Business Challenge With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the family of organizations that make up the Providence healthcare system faced a severe shortage of healthcare workers. Long before the pandemic hit, myriad forces had been at work that portended a crisis-level talent shortage in healthcare. Specifically, enrollment of students in nursing schools had
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Takeaway: It’s only possible to connect the arc of your career in hindsight. There are ways to work within this uncertainty of your future pathway, like by asking whether you’re pointed in the right direction, not worrying if you can’t figure things out, and by planning (while expecting that things will change). Estimated Reading Time:
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A solid employee listening strategy is imperative to organizational performance both when times are good and in times of crisis. Prior to the events of 2020, the Institute for Corporate Productivity’s (i4cp) groundbreaking study, Culture Renovation: A Blueprint for Action found that 41% of high-performance organizations used frequent and short employee pulse surveys to gauge
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As the Hiring Manager for numerous roles reporting directly to me at several leading organizations, I have been very involved in the Talent Acquisition (TA) process. As such, I am quite familiar with what is required regarding time allocation, additional resources to interview, preparation, documentation, follow-through, decision making, and the management of simultaneous regular/irregular priorities
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Takeaway: Capturing ideas helps us log what’s on our mind and think more clearly throughout the day. What you capture can be super broad, from tasks, to follow-up reminders, to actual insights. The ways of logging those ideas are equally diverse, and include digital and physical notepads, task managers, and messaging tools. Estimated Reading Time:
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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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Leadership accountability is the first order of business in a new administration, governmental or commercial. And it’s a must-have component underlying any strong, purpose-driven organizational culture.  Incoming Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced this week that senior Pentagon leaders have two weeks to provide him with reports on the status of sexual assault prevention programs in
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Fervently hoped-for COVID-19 vaccines are making their way to frontline workers and beyond, but many business leaders remain undecided about their organizations’ policies on vaccinations for employees, suppliers, and other stakeholders. Data from The COVID-19 Vaccine & The 2021 Workplace, a new pulse survey by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), shows that corporate decision-makers
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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: Traditional goals are kind of overrated: they don’t have a natural end point, and sometimes not much even changes when we accomplish them. It’s far more productive to focus on projects and habits.  Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes, 18s. I’ve been thinking a lot about goals lately. This post is the first of three in a short series sharing a few disparate ideas I
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In mid-2020, well into the COVID-19 pandemic, the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) partnered with Dr. Jeffrey Pfeffer on research to identify vital organizational stakeholders, their responsibilities, decision-making criteria, and other key aspects of the healthcare ecosystem.  Pfeffer, a longtime i4cp Thought Leader Consortium member and the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior
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To encourage … or to require? A new survey by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) found that employers are far more comfortable with encouraging (68%) employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine once it’s widely available than they are requiring inoculation (5%).   Having settled on encouragement, organizations have answered a core question. But that
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It’s not news to anyone that personal stories told by leaders, especially those that reveal vulnerability, garner attention. They are powerful. We remember them. When we tell our own stories well, we can move and even influence people. This approach is an artform for Dan Price, CEO of Seattle-based Gravity Payments, who gained folk hero
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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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