Archive for productivity SmartBlogs
Want to be more productive? Daydream.
When I was 6 years old, I remember my grandmother saying I was going to be a philosopher when I grew up. Apparently, I would spend hours happily looking outside a window daydreaming. One caveat to point out: This was in Pakistan in the 1970s, and there wasn’t anything good on TV![…] Continue Reading »
Be honest. If you had a gas or water leak, you’d fix it. If an investment was draining your portfolio, you’d sell. So, why are so many smart leaders willing to accept “discretionary effort” as an inevitable feature of — and drain on — business today? Why do we allow employee energy — a precious natural resource — to routinely be wasted?[…] Continue Reading »
If you’re a workaholic like me, you wake up rearing to dig into your to-do list every day (this includes weekends). Secretly you know that you can’t possibly get it all done that day, but no harm in trying, right? Wrong. There is an old Zen saying:
“Practice not-doing and everything will fall into place.” — Lao Tzu
I know what you’re thinking: “I’m getting paid to produce, get things done, make things happen.[…] Continue Reading »
Gap International’s Leveraging Genius Conference began Monday in Scottsdale, Ariz. Nearly 200 global executives and their teams from multiple industries and cultures have come together in a weeklong journey to discover and leverage the origins of their own great performance (SmartBrief recently interviewed Gap International co-COO Bob Rothman). The following excerpts come from Gap International’s in-conference interview with John Peoples, vice president, global franchise marketing and innovation, Merck Consumer Care, about the business impact of the work under way.[…] Continue Reading »
Have you ever noticed that committees or management teams tend to spend way too much time in meetings endlessly debating the most unimportant or mundane topics, while at the same time, not enough time on the most important or strategic issues?
Most of us have either led or participated in a meeting where this phenomenon has reared its ugly head.[…] Continue Reading »