Archive for productivity SmartBlogs

Madeline is sitting in her boss’s office, patiently waiting for his full attention so she can preview a client presentation she has to deliver tomorrow. Meanwhile Rob, her boss, is sending a text on his smart phone. Before he’s finished with that, the computer pings, signaling an incoming e-mail that Rob says he must answer immediately. He interrupts that process to grab a ringing phone and finally waves Madeline away, mouthing “I’ll catch you later,” as she backs out the door.[…] Continue Reading »

Do you know the one thing in common in companies like Skype, eBay and Facebook?

True, they are all successful in their own industries. But how did they get there?

One reason is that each used simple management technique called the 3Ps — the technique of progress, plans and problems. Now, it might sound silly to summarize the success of such remarkable enterprises to a single management method, but there is no reason to undervalue the true power in it.[…] Continue Reading »

From the time of Alexander the Great to the invention of the steam engine in the 18th century, there was almost no increase in people’s productivity.

The speed a soldier in Alexander the Great’s army could travel was limited by the speed of the horse he rode or the beasts pulling his wagon; and weapons they used were all hand forged.[…] Continue Reading »

David Pearl is the author of “Will there be Donuts? Better Business One Meeting at a Time” (published in the U.S. by HarperCollins, October 2013, available at Amazon and B&N), an international business consultant and head of Pearl Group. His book, which SmartBlog on Leadership excerpts here, is not about ending meetings but about reforming meetings — cutting out the clutter and making the most of what meetings remain.[…] Continue Reading »

This post is by Aaron Dignan and is a selection from “Manage Your Day-to-Day,” (Amazon Publishing, 2013), edited by Jocelyn K. Glei. Dignan is the CEO of the digital strategy firm Undercurrent, where he advises global brands and complex organizations like General Electric, American Express, Ford Motor Co., and the Cooper-Hewitt on their future in an increasingly technophilic world.[…] Continue Reading »