Why Groups Struggle to Solve Problems Together

Why Groups Struggle to Solve Problems Together

December 06, 2019

Why are so many meetings so unproductive?

Many professionals, fed up with calendars chock-full of long, disorganised, soul-bruising sessions, resort to uncharitable, even cynical explanations

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Social Media’s Productivity Payoff

Social Media’s Productivity Payoff

November 29, 2019

Social technologies are not just giant time sinks that keep your employees from getting their work done. On the contrary, they may become the most powerful tools yet developed to raise the productivity of high-skill knowledge workers.

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To Resolve a Conflict, First Decide: Is It Hot or Cold?

To Resolve a Conflict, First Decide: Is It Hot or Cold?

November 22, 2019

As a leader, you’re going to face conflict. It comes with the territory. But before you try to deal with a conflict, you first need to stop and ask yourself the following question:

Is it hot or cold?

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5 Mental Mistakes That Kill Your Productivity

5 Mental Mistakes That Kill Your Productivity

November 15, 2019

If you’re sometimes frustrated about how little you accomplish during your workday, you’re not alone. Research indicates that only 26% of people often leave the office having accomplished the tasks they set out to do. 

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Mapping the value of employee collaboration

Mapping the value of employee collaboration

November 08, 2019

Although collaboration is at the heart of modern business processes, most companies are still in the dark about how to manage it. Linear, process-based tools such as activity-based costing, business process reengineering, and total quality management have long been effective at measuring and improving the efficiency of people and organisations in accomplishing individual tasks. But ...

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Why Are We Here?

Why Are We Here?

November 01, 2019

Over the past decade, “purpose” has become a management watchword. Since 2010 it has appeared in the titles of more than 400 new business and leadership books and thousands of articles. And no wonder: Many people—not just Millennials—want to work for organisations whose missions and business philosophies resonate with them intellectually and emotionally.

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The Executive’s Guide To Better Listening

The Executive’s Guide To Better Listening

October 25, 2019

Good listeners tend to make better decisions, based on better-informed judgments, than ordinary or poor listeners do—and hence tend to be better leaders. By showing respect to our conversation partners, remaining quiet so they can speak, and actively opening ourselves up to facts that undermine our beliefs, we can all better cultivate this valuable skill.

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How to Actually Start the Task You’ve Been Avoiding

How to Actually Start the Task You’ve Been Avoiding

October 18, 2019

The biggest challenge to moving forward on anything is the transition to working on it. It almost always represents a shift from doing something comfortable to doing something uncomfortable.

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Digital Transformation Is Not About Technology

Digital Transformation Is Not About Technology

October 11, 2019

A recent survey of directors, CEOs, and senior executives found that digital transformation (DT) risk is their #1 concern in 2019. Yet 70% of all DT initiatives do not reach their goals. Of the $1.3 trillion that was spent on DT last year, it was estimated that $900 billion went to waste. Why do some DT efforts succeed and others fail?

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7 Questions to Ask Before Your Next Digital Transformation

7 Questions to Ask Before Your Next Digital Transformation

October 04, 2019

Although digital investment is almost unquestionably the right course of action for most firms, organisations still struggle to create the desired results. Estimates of digital transformation failures range from 66% to 84%. Such a high failure rate isn’t surprising, as leaders are trying to create entirely new competencies and wedge them into an organisation with strong legacy cultures and operating models.

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Agility: mindset makeovers are critical

Agility: mindset makeovers are critical

September 27, 2019

In today's dynamic markets, leaders need very different mindsets from those used to manage traditional organisations in less-demanding times. We find that three primary mindset shifts are required to lead agile organisations designed for innovation, collaboration and value creation.

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To Control Your Life, Control What You Pay Attention To

To Control Your Life, Control What You Pay Attention To

September 20, 2019

One of the best insights on what true productivity means in the 21st century dates back to 1890. In his book The Principles of Psychology, Vol.1, William James wrote a simple statement that’s packed with meaning: “My experience is what I agree to attend to.”

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Collaborative leadership: moving from top-down to team-centric

Collaborative leadership: moving from top-down to team-centric

September 06, 2019

As business landscapes become increasingly networked and distributed, more companies are ditching hierarchical leadership models in favour of collaborative leadership approaches. In fact, 51% of respondents in a 2018 Deloitte survey rated “C-suite collaboration” as very important.

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Protecting Company Culture Means Having Rules for Email

Protecting Company Culture Means Having Rules for Email

August 30, 2019

A study out of Virginia Tech University confirms something that just about every knowledge worker already knows: Dealing with after-hours emails produces anxiety which is damaging not only to the worker but to their family, too.

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Preparing millennials for the age of automation

Preparing millennials for the age of automation

August 23, 2019

lip-reading system, more proficient than a professional human lip-reader. An artificial intelligence (AI) system that can diagnose pneumonia from chest X-rays better than expert radiologists. These are just two real examples of how machine intelligence seems primed to substitute work activities that currently only humans can do...

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What is learning-in-the-flow-of-work?

What is learning-in-the-flow-of-work?

August 16, 2019

As automation, AI, and new job models reconfigure the business world, lifelong learning has become accepted as an economic imperative. Eighty percent of CEOs now believe the need for new skills is their biggest business challenge.

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5 tips to Help Employees Navigate Digital Transformation

5 tips to Help Employees Navigate Digital Transformation

August 09, 2019

The consumer packaged goods (CPG) landscape has been going through a significant shake-up. Coca-Cola reshuffled its leadership team to focus on growth, innovation, and digital. Unilever acquired Dollar Shave Club, a young startup, for $1 billion in a move to introduce a new...

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Does Your Team R.O.C.K. ?

Does Your Team R.O.C.K. ?

August 02, 2019

To learn about teamwork, management gurus tend to study collaboration in companies. Most don’t consider rock ‘n’ roll groups as an appropriate venue for studying teams. After all, what is a life in rock ‘n’ roll, if not a quest to escape the 9-to-5?

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5 inbox habits to help eliminate email overload and gain an extra 1hr 21min a day

5 inbox habits to help eliminate email overload and gain an extra 1hr 21min a day

July 26, 2019

The average professional spends 28% of the workday reading and answering email, according to a McKinsey analysis. For the average full-time worker in America, that amounts to a staggering 2.6 hours spent and 120 messages received per day.

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Persuasion: A 5 step formula thats worked for over 2000 years

Persuasion: A 5 step formula thats worked for over 2000 years

July 19, 2019

Ideas are the currency of the twenty-first century. The ability to persuade, to change hearts and minds, is perhaps the single greatest skill that will give you a competitive edge in the knowledge economy — an age where ideas matter more than ever.

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The Puzzle Of Productivity

The Puzzle Of Productivity

July 12, 2019

Nine years into recovery from the Great Recession, labour-productivity-growth rates remain near historic lows across many advanced economies. Productivity growth is crucial to increase wages and living standards and helps raise the purchasing power of consumers to grow demand for goods and services.

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Persuasive Public Speaking is as Simple as Breathing

Persuasive Public Speaking is as Simple as Breathing

July 05, 2019

Have you ever wondered why two people can say exactly the same thing in a meeting, but only one of them gets credit for it? Many times it’s the way we sound that makes the difference between whether or not we are actually heard.

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Are You An Agile Manager?

Are You An Agile Manager?

June 28, 2019

The agile workplace is becoming increasingly common. The shift is driven by proof that small, multidisciplinary teams of agile organisations can respond swiftly and promptly to rapidly changing market opportunities and customer demands. Indeed, more than 80 per cent of respondents in agile units report that overall performance increased moderately or significantly since their transformations began.

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What To Do In Your Next Meeting - Speak up or Hold Back?

What To Do In Your Next Meeting - Speak up or Hold Back?

June 21, 2019

In many organisations, our leadership readiness is measured in part by our willingness to speak up in meetings. How we speak off the cuff can have a bigger impact on our career trajectory than our presentations or speeches, because every single day we have an opportunity to make an impact.

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How To Boost Knowledge Workers Productivity

How To Boost Knowledge Workers Productivity

June 14, 2019

Are you doing all that you can to enhance the productivity of your knowledge workers? It’s a simple question, but one that few senior executives can answer.

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7 steps for getting your colleagues' attention

7 steps for getting your colleagues' attention

June 07, 2019

When you frame your message effectively, your audience will immediately understand the issue at hand and why it deserves their attention. Whether you’re making a presentation, sending an e-mail, or talking in private with your boss, here’s how to craft your message to get the results you want...

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Augmented Reality: A Managers Guide - Part 2

Augmented Reality: A Managers Guide - Part 2

May 31, 2019

Augmented reality starts with a camera-equipped device—such as a smartphone, a tablet, or smart glasses—loaded with AR software. When a user points the device and looks at an object...

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Augmented Reality: A Managers Guide - Part 1

Augmented Reality: A Managers Guide - Part 1

May 24, 2019

Augmented reality technologies promise to transform how we learn, make decisions, and interact with the physical world. In this package, The Harvard Business Review explains what AR is, how its applications are evolving, and why it’s so important.

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3 Major Cross-Cultural Communication Points Of Failure, And How To Fix Them

3 Major Cross-Cultural Communication Points Of Failure, And How To Fix Them

May 17, 2019

The strength of cross-cultural teams is their diversity of experience, perspective, and insight. But to capture those riches, colleagues must commit to open communication; they must dare to share. 

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Better Planned Meetings Lead To Better Decisions

Better Planned Meetings Lead To Better Decisions

May 10, 2019

Decisions are the lifeblood of organisations, and meetings are where important business decisions often happen. Yet many executives are nonplussed—at best—when describing their own experience of meetings.

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Lifelong Learning Journeys - Digital Education's Next Opportunity!

Lifelong Learning Journeys - Digital Education's Next Opportunity!

May 03, 2019

In emerging markets, the digital transformation of education is gaining traction, and all stakeholders can benefit if they seize new opportunities for collaboration.

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Defining Leadership Is Vital

Defining Leadership Is Vital

April 26, 2019

Why does a definition of leadership matter? An incomplete definition will produce piecemeal leadership development programs with a misguided focus and poor impact. While organisations get plenty of leadership advice, they lack a way to cut through the noiseMcKinsey's definition offers a starting point.

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Time Management Training Is Dead!

Time Management Training Is Dead!

April 19, 2019

The complexity of knowledge work today requires a workflow methodology that allows us to be intentional, proactive, and thoughtful. The basis of a useful workflow management methodology is the ability to make tasks and responsibilities easy to organise, track, and act upon.

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Productivity Tools Are Great But Productivity Skills Are Better

Productivity Tools Are Great But Productivity Skills Are Better

April 12, 2019

When people ask Maura for advice about choosing software to improve productivity for themselves or their organisations, she asks them this question: How will the software fit into the existing workflow management process? Regardless of the software, apps, and gadgets that a company invests in for its employees, those tools aren't going to make the employees more productive unless...

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English: The language of Business - Part 3

English: The language of Business - Part 3

April 05, 2019

An Adoption Framework Converting the primary language of a business is no small task. Adoption depends on two key factors...

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English: The language of Business - Part 2

English: The language of Business - Part 2

March 29, 2019

It’s not unusual to hear nonnative speakers revert to their own language at the expense of their English-speaking colleagues, often because it’s faster and easier to conduct meetings in their mother tongue. 

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