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Your Brain and Motivation at Work

This blog probably started 30 years ago when I was a psychologist and consulting at Rancho Los Amigos hospital in the return to work department for brain injured patients.  I'm fascinated with how our brain works, and the implications for how to better structure work around what naturally motivates us and fits how our brain processes experiences most easily.  This is stuff that can change your whole

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Making “First Things First” Work

Priorities.  We all know that it's better to set and work what's priority.  Most of us are familiar with Stephen Covey's priority statement or directive that to be more successful you need to work "First Things First"  - which affirms the value of focusing on priority.  Maybe some of you are familiar with David Allen's "Getting Things Done" approach, which further expands on working what's priority.  But here's

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Project Management in Small Businesses

A just released report from project management technology reviews and research company Software Advice on Project Management Software, found that roughly 60% of the businesses interviewed are still using paper and pencil, spreadsheets, non-project management software and/or nothing at all to manage projects.  Beyond interesting, doesn’t it make you wonder “Why?”... just a bit?  In this blog, let’s look at one model for understanding what’s happening for

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What Are The 3 Keys to Implementing with Success

How many initiatives are you in charge of initiating? I bet you have several, most people in management do. Here's a pithier question. How do they typically end up?  What does the End of the Trail look like?  How many initiatives, or change efforts have you initiated and worked hard at, but they ended up getting derailed? That's a tough one isn't it, because having initiatives derailed

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Performance Appraisals, Performance Improvement and the Big Disconnect

Performance Appraisals are supposed to improve performance.  I mean that's why we do them, right?  So why do they so often seem like an unpleasant waste of time?  In fact if you reviewed the value of doing performance appraisals, you know, did a performance appraisal on doing performance appraisals, what do you think you would find out?  Keep reading. Geert Mortier, co-founder of Amplexor, suggests we “Get

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Project Management, Psychology & New Rules

Hi, I’d like to let you in on a little secret.  In our research 95% of the organizations and teams that buy project management software… (drum roll), don’t end up using it very well, and don’t get the results they were projecting.  We see it every day.  We sell project management software, and are well aware that the correlation between buying software and a change in behavior

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Mandatory versus Voluntary Best Practices

Quick question.  Are best practices mandatory where you work, treated like stopping at stop signs, or optional..., a choice, if it's convenient, or "if you feel like it"?  The issue has come front and center with GM in the spotlight this year, but this one reads like any company you and I may have worked at, and/or are currently working, keep reading and let's see. At GM, Mary

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The Work Contract at Your Office

With Gallup reporting that more than 50% of US employees are unengaged where they work, and McKinsey suggesting it is much worse outside of the US, it might make you wonder about why, and how people rationalize to themselves working when they are not engaged with what they are getting paid to do.  Beyond our capacity to rationalize, I think it all starts with the "WORK CONTRACT".  By

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How to Get More Effective, Time-Efficient Meetings

It's Monday, as I'm writing this.  A lot of us spend a significant amount of time on Monday in meetings.  For some it doesn't let up through the week.  Most of us, if grabbed in the hallway, would acknowledge that we wished meetings were run better, didn't take up as much of our time, and in general created more value for what they cost.  We might even

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Your Administrative Assistant & You

What if there was a way to help your administrative assistant be 100% more effective,  66% less frustrated... how about 33% happier?  I don't know about the exact numbers, you can plug them in.  But I do know there's a couple of things you probably aren't doing right now, that if you would just start doing them daily, you would not only help your admin, but you would also help yourself...

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