Quality time is the product of leisure time. It's not [...]
When did you last see an article entitled "I now have a richer life because I've learned to manage my time well"? There is a myth that we should be able to 'manage' our time better. What that really means is that we must manage ourselves.
When a dispute between employees becomes visible it usually falls to a manager to intervene but few are confident in doing this so they'll often ignore the conflict in the hope that it'll go away, downplay the seriousness of the disagreement, or approach it ineffectively. Research by OPP charts the costs and benefits of conflict, and a guide from CIPD identifies the behaviours that will help managers recognise and proactively manage disputes at work.
Traditional methods of motivating people at work are so 'last century'. In this TED talk Dan Pink explains what we are doing wrong. The three key drivers today, he says, are mastery, autonomy and purpose. Carrots and sticks don't work for conceptual thinkers.
People who fake working hard can actually be as productive as those nose-to-the-grindwheel types. But it's an art. Read this article by Oliver Burkeman.
Organisatons spend millions each year on staff training yet much of it is a waste of money. One pundit recently claimed that people only remember 16% of what they are taught in training. Would any organisation buy another product or service that only worked 16% of the time?
Making something a habit means that it is more likely [...]
I often hear complaints from people with demanding jobs that they are inundated with email it can become unmanageable. Thats because they don't manage it, the problem is not email, it is that we allow it to assume such importance. Employers are often to blame, but we are complicit in many of our habits.
A friend in Canada recently told me about Stephen Pressfield's book, Do the Work. I recommend it. If you have a project you haven't been able to get off the ground this little book will give you some perspectives on why that might be, and what to do about it.
My dentist will never know how happy she made me when she asked her receptionist to call me this morning.