Productivity

Talent acquisition (TA) leaders recognize that the achievement of their organizations’ business strategies hinge on their ability to bring in the best talent. In the process, they must shrewdly leverage data and marketplace insights to enable talent decisions, deliver targeted sourcing/acquisition of talent, impact representation, continuously improve experience for both the candidate and the hiring
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The majority of mergers and acquisitions fail, and most of the time when they don’t work out, “culture synergy” is the culprit. Yet organizational culture is rarely explored at the outset of M&A transactions…it’s almost always about the economic or business fit. New research from the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) reveals that high-performance organizations
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Takeaway: There are countless ways to form a new habit, which James Clear covers in Atomic Habits (and in our interview). A few of my favorites: sort your habits by how much they’ll help you out in the long-run; become more thoughtful about your environment; question habits that provide immediate enjoyment; make new habits take
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Predicting what lies ahead for your business is always a tricky proposition. Never has that been truer than right now, when business leaders find themselves in an environment of frequent, almost constant disruption—an environment in which an organization’s priorities seem to shift by the second.   All that said, we asked the group of business
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One overarching focus encompasses the top priorities of strategic chief human resources officers in the coming year: To provide their boards, CEOs, and other business leaders with data-driven insights and corresponding actions related to workforce readiness and risk. These critical insights and actions will be focused on enabling the execution of an evolving business strategy,
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Whether you’re on the road a lot, like our Productivity Ninjas, or you’re often running from one meeting to the next – skipping meals and grabbing food on the go often becomes the norm. Having said that, making poor choices on the road, is also often the main source of sabotage while we’re implementing the
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To leaders across industries, organizations, and business functions, the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) is synonymous with next practices. A next practice is a strategy strongly correlated to better market performance, but in use to a very limited extent by organizations overall. Typically, next practices are found more frequently in high-performance companies—those that consistently excel
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Relaxing seems like an easy enough task to do without even thinking about it. But in today’s always connected world, even a Productivity Ninja might not always be able to relax. We are often occupied with thoughts about what we have to do the next day, or even the things we should have already done yesterday
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Takeaway: When we have a bit of time to relax, we tend to spend time on activities that provide us with a quick dopamine hit. This is especially the case when we spend our downtime in the digital world. The key to relaxation is to invest in strategies that make your mind less stimulated. Usually
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In Part I of this two-part conversation with collaborative change and organizational design expert Gervase R. Bushe, Ph. D, we explored rethinking how to approach major change initiatives using the concept of Dialogic OD and generative change.  In this continuation of the conversation, and building on i4cp’s Culture Renovation® research, which revealed the criticality of
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Only five months remain until the i4cp 2020 Next Practices Now Conference , the #1-ranked conference for senior HR leaders, brings together over 400 senior human capital executives for three days of focus on cutting-edge HR approaches and high-level networking. Already boasting a speaker list of top executives, i4cp is pleased to announce the addition
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We frequently hit busy spans which make us hope for more than 24 hours in a day. As a Productivity Ninja, you will know, no matter how many hours you spend at the office – the work never stops. Keeping that in mind, it’s important to use your time to rest and recharge. But are
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From mastering email etiquette to holding effective meetings, the ability to communicate affects productivity, success and the ability to achieve larger company goals and visions. Since a lack of communication is one of the most significant complaints that employees have against their employers, it’s imperative for businesses to become successful communicators in order to beat
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Takeaway: Meditation saves you time because it allows you to work more efficiently. Five practical benefits of having a meditation ritual: you’ll be happier (which makes you more productive); you’ll have greater clarity of what’s important as you work; you’ll develop deeper relationships; you’ll focus deeper; and you’ll become less dependent on your addictive devices.
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Takeaway: We constantly tell ourselves stories about who we are. If you’re not careful, this tendency can stress you out and make you pretty anxious. Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes, 19s. As we go about our lives, we tell ourselves a lot of stories about the kind of person we are and the life we
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Stress is a word that consumes our society, we’re all Human, not Superhero and even the best Productivity Ninja can have times where the pressure becomes too great. Practical steps learnt from Productivity Training are only employable if we have the headspace to utilise them. A clever way to consider your stress is using the
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Takeaway: Three ways to hold yourself accountable for doing aversive tasks: get a deadline (however you can); fire up Focusmate; and get an accountability partner. Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes, 2s. Podcast Length: 16 minutes, 33s (link to play podcast at bottom of post). Research shows that the more unstructured a task is, the more
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Takeaway: Have a good reason for investing in becoming more productive. Otherwise, you’ll fall into a common trap: that your reward for becoming more productive will be having more work to do. Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 29s. The other day, I was reading Haemin Sunim’s delightful1 book, The Things You Can See Only When
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Even the most effective Productivity Ninjas out there encounter stress and anxiety from time to time. After all, even after extensive Time Management Training workloads can still pile up and anxiety can take hold. With addiction being an increasing topic in news headlines, it is important to discuss ways to cope with stress and anxiety
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Takeaway: The paperback version of Hyperfocus comes out today! It looks awesome. Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 12s. One year ago, my second book, Hyperfocus: How to Manage Your Attention in a World of Distraction, hit store shelves! I consider the book to be the best thing I’ve created to date. It’s about how to
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With constant demand for workers comes new demand for talent acquisition leaders. Couple that with historic talent shortages, progressive organizations are thinking outside the box when it comes to finding heads of TA who can develop a competitive advantage. Ivan Perry, i4cp’s VP of Talent Acquisition and co-leader of i4cp’s HR executive search firm, weighed
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Takeaway: For the greatest performance benefits, drink caffeine strategically, instead of habitually. Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes, 50s. Podcast Length: 24 minutes, 35s (link to play podcast at bottom of post). This week on Becoming Better, we dig into the science behind how you can extract as much energy—and productivity—out of caffeine as possible. I
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Conversations around optimizing workplace productivity have always existed—the only real changes to the conversation are the solutions that business leaders consider to ameliorate the productivity gap. In the past, these solutions often had to do with individual performance (how each team member can operate more efficiently). But today, the conversation has shifted to also include
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Takeaway: Some experts are worth listening to, and others aren’t. To find the good ones, look for those who have dug deeply into a topic, aren’t afraid to be vulnerable about where they fail, don’t speak from a pedestal, and are further along in exploring a topic than you are. Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes,
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