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Guidelines for Optimally Using Your Brain at Work

brain_running_on_treadmill_400_clr_10257 Before I  got immersed into consulting to businesses and ultimately ManagePro, I was a clinical psychologist for 20 years .  During that two decade stint I consulted with brain injury patients at the Rancho Los Amigos Hospital in the middle of a lot of private practice hours spent doing therapy, and became very interested in the brain and how it works.  I want to take a moment to share 4 things about

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What the Research Says About You & Goals

businessman_running_to_target_400_clr_11141 What if I could guarantee that you'll learn something valuable that you didn't know before... if you read this blog?  I think I'm pretty safe making that guarantee with what you'll find below.  In the past I've covered a number of topics on goals, ranging from smart goals to engaging goals, and the impact of conflict/discomfort avoidance on the pursuit of goals.  But I'll know you will

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Your Brain and Motivation at Work

happy_face_smile_button_400_clr_9149 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

PriorityChoice 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

Project Plan 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

EndofTrail 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

Meetings-538x218 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

FirstinBrainWS62-538x218 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

stop_sign_with_traffic_cones-400x218 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

WorkerpeeringOverBrinkofCanyon-500x218 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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