10 Life Productivity Hacks

Tom Spencer

This is a new experience for many of us, and poses new challenges and distractions that can make it difficult to stay focused and productive. I’ve been getting asked a lot lately about productivity, and so I thought I should dedicate an article to it.

More Meetings = More Clients

The More Clients Blog

The purpose of B2B marketing is to get meetings with prospective clients. Let’s say you’re a manager who’s looking for somebody to help their team work more productively and creatively. And you do that by meeting more people and getting to know them.

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Are Your Meetings a Priority - or are They Wasting Time?

Strategic Planning and Management Insights

When it comes to strategic planning, every organization will go about scheduling their meetings in a different way. Regardless, having scheduled strategy progress and project management meetings will remain essential to fulfill your organizational goals and objectives.

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.

The Impact of Direct Dials on Sales Productivity

Leveraging the latest industry research, this eBook highlights the impact of direct dial phone numbers on sales productivity with the goal of empowering reps to have more conversations with prospects, and consequently, schedule more meetings, increase opportunities, and close more business - fast.

The productivity imperative in insurance


Most carriers are struggling to meet their cost of capital, and productivity has barely moved over the past decade. Taking a more structural approach to productivity is required to make significant progress.

Solving the productivity puzzle


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

How to Stay Productive Working from Home

Tom Spencer

As my firm and project team have adjusted to working from home, I’ve compiled a list of best practices that have helped me maximize my productivity during this strange time. Normally, everyone on my team meets in person, and we chat about things that need to get done for the day.

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.

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.

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.

How to Assess Entry-Level Product Manger Positions

Tom Spencer

Associate Product Manager (APM) positions are well known in Silicon Valley as rotational, mentorship-focused programs designed to accelerate the careers of young aspiring product managers. Do you feel like it’s easy to meet with people at the company, regardless of their level?

What to Do When Your Meetings Have Gotten Too Big

Harvard Business

Leading teams Meetings Productivity Digital ArticleYou have three options.

What to Say Once You Get a Meeting

The More Clients Blog

I’ve been writing a lot about the importance of setting up meetings with prospective clients and those who can lead you to prospective clients. How to Get 100 Meetings. More Meetings = More Clients. Let’s say your meeting is with a good networking contact.

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”).

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?

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

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.

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.

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?

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


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

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 Debate Ideas Productively at Work

Harvard Business

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Transforming Media Core Technology to Meet Digital Demands


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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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.

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.

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

Can Aerospace and Defense Companies Meet Their Great Expectations?


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.

Your report meets spec … here’s why that’s a problem

Rod Burkert

They meet spec. If they all meet spec, is it any wonder our pricing is collapsing. You have just further commoditized your product. If we both meet spec, what is going to make my report stand out against yours? Greetings from Big Bend, Texas.

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.

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.