4 Simple Steps to Productivity

Women in Consulting

Improving Productivity Feels GREAT. :: Did you know that achieving more productivity is pretty simple? Here are his four steps to improve your productivity: Step 1 – Write down your task. Have a productivity buddy.

Meeting China’s productivity challenge

McKinsey

Shifting to a productivity-led model could add more than $5 trillion to its economy—if China can make the transition. The country’s investment model for growth is losing steam. China

Solving the productivity puzzle

McKinsey

New research uncovers how three waves collided to create historically low productivity growth but finds the potential for it to recover to 2 percent or more. Meeting Society’s Expectations

Freelancers: how to spend less time in crappy meetings

Kai Davis

Do you feel frustrated at crappy, time-wasting meetings? Here are three rules you can follow to make your meetings more actionable and less sucky: Rule #1: Every meeting must have an agenda. If it doesn’t have an agenda, it isn’t a meeting. 45-minute meeting?

CEO, Meet Your Customers

Joellyn Sargent

Your time is consumed with things like financing, board meetings, product decisions, operational considerations, legal issues…the list is endless. Make the time to go out and meet your customers on their own turf. How to Meet Your Customers.

Meet the Democratic Brand

Joellyn Sargent

From creating new products to defining service terms and features, Democratic brands facilitate customer interactions in a way that inspires repeat business, referrals and recommendations. The request comes in from the major customer and the product team evaluates it.

The Most Productive Meetings Have Fewer Than 8 People

Harvard Business

There are many problems with the way most meetings are run. In an effort to not make anyone feel left out, they unknowingly decrease the quality of the meeting. Robert Sutton, a professor of organizational behavior at Stanford University, looked at the research on group size and concluded that the most productive meetings contain only five to eight people. While it may take some time, you intend to experiment with meeting size and use this theory as a touchstone.

Effective meetings

Consultants' Consultant

Consultants Consultant: The higher you get in an organisation the more time you spend in meetings. While it’s clear that for some just being in the meeting is their job (!), if you’d like to get the rest of your job done more effectively, these tools on Productive Meetings are a great place to start, and may help you […]. The post Effective meetings appeared first on Consultants' Consultant.

How to Get Your To-Do List Done When You’re Always in Meetings

Harvard Business

Time management Productivity Meetings Digital ArticleCreative ways to find the time.

Special Discussion on Starting Consulting Services Organizations Within Product Companies

Steve Shu Consulting

These are companies that are essentially independent from product vendors. However, there are a number of companies that provide consulting or professional services as part of product companies (e.g., here’s the benefit and features of our product – its the best”).

Assessment: How Productive Are You?

Harvard Business

As a coach and mentor focusing on productivity, I’ve heard this complaint hundreds of times, from managers and officials across the world. Productivity has many aspects. Productivity Time management Digital Article

Solving the United Kingdom’s productivity puzzle in a digital age

McKinsey

New research explains why the United Kingdom has been experiencing historically low productivity growth and what can be done to return to long-run averages. Meeting Society’s Expectations

Using The “Seeding” And “Facilitating” Approach In Management Meetings And Consulting Engagements

Steve Shu Consulting

One technique that I tend to use a lot in management meetings and consulting engagements involves the use of two slide types.   What challenges do have in facilitating management meetings and decision-making?

How to Debate Ideas Productively at Work

Harvard Business

Difficult conversations Conflict Collaboration Leading teams Meetings Digital ArticleThere are better and worse ways to disagree.

Are You Productive Enough?

Harvard Business

Productive: “Achieving or producing a significant amount of result.” ” As a time management coach, I’m keenly aware that you could answer the question “Am I productive enough?” I’m also familiar with the fact that individuals fall on a productivity spectrum. One person’s maximum productivity for a certain role in a particular environment could look vastly different from another person’s.

5 Ways to Ensure Productive One-on-One Meetings with Employees

Gina Abudi

Productive one-on-one meetings enable for managers to understand employee’s needs, address challenges early on and ensure that goals and objectives are being met. Here are 5 ways to ensure more productive one-on-one meetings with your employees: Have an agenda for each meeting. The agenda should include specific items to be covered during each meeting but [.].

How to Successfully Meet the Three Biggest Marketing Challenges

The More Clients Blog

Learn how to meet those challenges and your marketing will become more successful, easier, and fun. But meeting those challenges is absolutely worth it. The post How to Successfully Meet the Three Biggest Marketing Challenges appeared first on Action Plan Marketing.

Transforming Media Core Technology to Meet Digital Demands

BCG

Most are hampered by legacy IT systems that struggle to meet digital demands. Article Tuesday, September 06, 2016. Now, it’s TV’s turn.

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Can Aerospace and Defense Companies Meet Their Great Expectations?

Strategy+Business

To meet investors' expectations for profitable growth, Aerospace & Defense companies will have to change strategy. Instead of returning capital to shareholders through stock buybacks and dividends, they will have to invest aggressively in profitable growth initiatives.

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Productivity and Creativity – awkward bedfellows or birds of a feather?

Ben de Haldevang

For me, the bit that’s really interesting and that feeds well into the current discourse is the differentiation between productivity and creativity. Even 20 seconds googling will provide you with images of linear progression, mathematical equations etc when thinking about productivity. Just as engineers measure their time in units of productivity, so do successful writers in their discipline of producing a number of words per day.

Conducting Effective Meetings as a Manager – 4 Tips

LSA Global

Are Your Managers Good at Conducting Effective Meetings? Conducting effective meetings is a fundamental management skill that has a direct impact on performance because people spend so much time in meetings. Conducting effective meetings matters. Ensure Meeting Relevance.

Has your Strategic Planning Meeting Come to a Stalemate?

Peter Stark

The following are suggestions to help you get started and ensure you have a highly successful strategic planning meeting. Let us partner with you for your next strategic planning meeting or Board retreat. The post Has your Strategic Planning Meeting Come to a Stalemate?

6 Rules to Simplify Work & Increase Productivity

Tom Spencer

Morieux gives an example of a car manufacturer that threatened to move its production engineers to the after-sales warranty department after a car went into production. The car manufacturer tried to do this by moving its production engineers to the warranty department.

The Right Way to Start a Meeting

Harvard Business

But do you ever think about the first impression your meetings make? Frequently restarting meetings for stragglers sends the message that participants have more control than you do. Monologues validate everyone’s fears that your meeting is going to be about as valuable (and as scintillating) as watching an hour of C-SPAN. If you want to have a more productive meeting, focus on a strong opening. Meetings. Meetings Digital Article

Stay productive! Clear your head in two minutes with this simple technique.

Killer Consultant

Get a sheet of paper , or a text file on your computer, or your productivity app of choice that has an inbox. KC getting things done mind sweep productivityOftentimes, your head just fills with things to remember.

Plan a Better Meeting with Design Thinking

Harvard Business

“Sometimes, when I sit in meetings, especially ones in which people don’t seem engaged, I calculate the cost in staff time. I’ve estimated that one standard weekly meeting in my bureau—50 people sitting in a cookie-cutter conference room, looking both bored and anxious—costs around $177,000 annually, and surely this scenario occurs throughout the [organization] hundreds of times a day. So many meetings are lost opportunities.”

Polite Ways to Decline a Meeting Invitation

Harvard Business

There it is in your inbox: a meeting invite to a meeting you really don’t want to attend. Whatever the reason, sometimes you need to decline a meeting invite. Meetings. How Top Salespeople Land Hard-to-Get Meetings. Start by assessing the value of the meeting.

How to Design Meetings Your Team Will Want to Attend

Harvard Business

There’s a lot of advice out there about how to make meetings more efficient and productive. And while it’s true that leading focused, deliberate conversations is critical to organizational performance, meetings aren’t just about delivering results. What is a quality experience in a meeting? Of course, you should still be focused on achieving the meeting outcomes, but thoughtful meetings and productive ones don’t have to be at odds.

How to Fix the Most Soul-Crushing Meetings

Harvard Business

Meetings are notoriously one of organizational life’s most insufferable realities. In one global consumer products company that I work with, my firm’s organizational assessment revealed an unusually intense degree of aggravation over how much time was consumed by meetings, leaving “only evenings to do our day jobs,” according to one interviewee. They collectively spent more than 57,000 hours per year in recurring meetings. Meetings.

How to Gracefully Exclude Coworkers from Meetings, Emails, and Projects

Harvard Business

Others have tuned the meeting out, retreating to their laptops or phones. At the end of the meeting, the only real outcome is the decision to schedule a follow-up meeting with a smaller group — a group that can actually make some decisions and execute on them.

Somatics & Leadership: Preview of April General Meeting

Women in Consulting

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The Right Way to Cut People Off in Meetings

Harvard Business

You’ve spent hours preparing for the meeting. We’ve all seen scenes like this play out, whether in an hourlong meeting or at a multiday offsite. In fact, research suggests that “getting off the subject” is the number one challenge to meeting productivity.

The Paradox of Workplace Productivity

Harvard Business

At its most basic, productivity is the amount of value produced divided by the amount of cost (or time) required to do so. It’s tempting to conclude that, if individuals are able to perform their work much better and faster, overall productivity must be soaring.

8 Ground Rules for Great Meetings

Harvard Business

If you want your team to be effective, you need meeting ground rules — and you need agreement about how to use them. Meetings. How Top Salespeople Land Hard-to-Get Meetings. 5 Ways Meetings Get Off Track, and How to Prevent Each One. Meetings Digital Article

How to Establish a Meeting-Free Day Each Week

Harvard Business

Having a meeting-free day. Establishing one day with no meetings is a technique that I used throughout 2016 to complete a book proposal and write the manuscript for my third book. By giving yourself one meeting-free day per week, you reduce the context-switching that can slow down dedicated project work. A meeting-free day isn’t the best option for everyone. Even so, I struggled a bit mentally when I began to implement a meeting-free day. Meetings.

How to Be More Productive Without Burning Out

Harvard Business

Intrigued by the possibility of a way out of the burnout cycle, a coworker (Colin) and I started meeting every other week to discuss productivity. We had little to show for six months of meeting. To give more rigor to our meetings, we decided to define a metric for our productivity: average weekly hours worked. We didn’t quite know what we had done to make such a difference, other than tracking our time and meeting bi-weekly. Moment/Getty Images.

Designing One-on-One Employee Meetings to Increase Engagement

LSA Global

One-on-One Employee Meetings Can Increase Employee Engagement. One-on-one employee meetings with direct reports can be a powerful tool to increase employee engagement and productivity. What is Wrong with One-on-One Employee Meetings.

6 Reasons to Get Better at Leading Meetings

Harvard Business

Most people see meetings as a burden, a waste of time, or a general annoyance. But meetings aren’t going away. The good news is that leaders have the opportunity to significantly improve how meetings are run at your company, which could boost your influence and your career. These findings are not a huge surprise, I suppose, to anyone who has had to go to countless meetings — and yet leaders frequently forget the important role they themselves play.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Structuring Better Meetings

Harvard Business

I am frequently flummoxed by the complete misalignment between a team’s mandate and the agenda for their meetings. content, frequency, and duration) of their meetings with the job that needs to be accomplished in those meetings. Business builder meetings.

The Top 7 Pre-Call Sales Planning Meeting Questions

LSA Global

Pre-Call Sales Planning Meeting Questions Matter. Because sales reps who prepare by knowing the answers to critical pre-call sales planning meeting questions are more likely to add value, handle objections and secure the next steps required to move the sale forward. According to Forester Research , executive buyers report that less than 25% of salespeople meet their expectations, create value or get agreement for a next step during their sales meetings.

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