taking a break

Is it time to ban idle chit chat? (My answer may surprise you)

By |2019-03-20T15:58:52+00:00March 19th, 2019|Communication, High-performance, Leadership, Management, Productivity, stress, Teamwork, workplace culture|

It seems everyone is short on time these days. We are running at turbo speed and yet it still seems there isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done. Not surprisingly, we are all on alert to spot low-value time sucks we can eliminate from our days. Idle chit chat is often considered an easy target. On the surface, this vague chatter appears to be a waste of time. Time to reconsider? Here are six reasons why (seemingly) aimless conversations are a productive and meaningful contributor to our satisfaction at work.

6 truths your team wishes you knew

By |2018-10-30T15:32:56+00:00October 22nd, 2018|Communication, Feedback, High-performance, Leadership, Management, Productivity, Teamwork|

As leaders, we like to believe we know our team really well. But do we? Even the best leaders may have blind spots worth exploring. Ever wonder what your team is longing to tell you? Here are six truths your team wishes you knew.

6 ways great leaders make time for reading

By |2018-08-14T21:11:26+00:00August 14th, 2018|High-performance, Leadership, Management Effectiveness, Personal Productivity, Productivity, stress|

From Oprah to Warren Buffett to Bill Gates, there are countless examples of highly successful people who invest heavily in reading. Reading does so much more than expand our knowledge. Research shows reading can combat depression, make you more confident, empathetic, and a better decision maker. Reading also helps to prevent stress and dementia and improves overall life satisfaction. While this is incredibly inspiring, it can be a challenge to read on busy days. So, how do busy people find (or, more appropriately make) the time for so much reading? Here are six simple strategies even the busiest person can adopt.

Dear Stress: It’s not you, it’s me. We need to break up.

By |2018-08-06T17:43:43+00:00July 3rd, 2018|High-performance, Leadership, Management, Management Effectiveness, Personal Productivity, Productivity, Resilience, stress|

A Harvard University survey confirms a good deal of our happiness depends on how well we manage stress. Ready to end this toxic relationship? Here are 13 ways to make the break.

Why you should take a vacation from your email (no matter what time of year)

By |2017-08-15T17:52:01+00:00August 11th, 2017|Information Management, Leadership, Management Effectiveness, Personal Productivity|

These days, we practically carry the office around with us in our pocket. Smartphones create a digital tether that is hard to sever, even during a precious vacation. But just because we can check email while we're away doesn’t mean we should. A break is so much more valuable. If you have a vacation coming up, here's why you should take time off from your email too – no matter what time of year.

Need a reason to leave your desk at lunch? Here are 5

By |2017-07-13T14:05:49+00:00July 12th, 2017|Management Effectiveness, Personal Productivity, Schedule Management, Time Management|

We know the benefits of leaving our offices and getting out for lunch but far too many of us continue to chain ourselves to our desks. Here are five good reasons why you owe it to yourself – and your productivity - to make time for that much needed break.

7 ways to get out of the office earlier on sunny days

By |2017-07-13T14:11:39+00:00June 19th, 2017|Management, Management Effectiveness, Personal Productivity, Schedule Management, Time Management|

Summer means longer days but for most of us, that doesn’t mean we want to spend more time at the office. Here are our tips for making the most of your day at work, so you can get out sooner and soak up more of our precious summer.