think you’re multi-tasking? you’re not and it’s not good for you

Following is an excerpt from an excellent article on what is really happening when we think we're multi-tasking. Check it out - it is worth your time to read in my opinion. "Our brains are busier than ever before. We’re assaulted with facts, pseudo facts, jibber-jabber, and rumour, all posing as information. Trying to figure … Continue reading think you’re multi-tasking? you’re not and it’s not good for you

What Did You Say?

Good morning!  Still no snow up here in SW Michigan and in fact we have even had a few sunny days which is a great blessing. Blah-Blah-Blah!  How many presentations have you heard, meetings you have attended, or memos (emails) you have read where at the end you go "What?".  In this highly verbal world … Continue reading What Did You Say?

Is Organizing Your Email a Waste of Time?

For the GTD (Getting Things Done) adherents, the title of this post might be akin to heresy! But that is essentially what Michael Schrage is saying is true based upon research conducted by IBM (click here to read his post).  They found that people using the email search features usually found what they were looking for … Continue reading Is Organizing Your Email a Waste of Time?

Are you Squandering Your Most Productive Time of Day?

Good morning from a snowy southwest Michigan!  Our family had a fun time this weekend at the Ice Festival in our little town.  Did not have many of those down South!! Question for you - how are you spending the first part of the day at work?  What is your focus?  For most of us, … Continue reading Are you Squandering Your Most Productive Time of Day?

More Effective Emails

I don't know about you, but emails are now my primary form of communication and I have found plenty of opportunities to improve.  I still remember a simple (at least I thought it was simple) two line email caused a two and a half hour lunch meeting to clear up.  Probably has something to do … Continue reading More Effective Emails

What TV Do You Need To Unplug?

In an article, Jim Collins the author of Good to Great and other books, relates how he had to unplug his TV in order to meet his reading goal.  As long as he had availability to his TV, it kept him from his more important goal of reading.  So he unplugged his TV and his … Continue reading What TV Do You Need To Unplug?

To Do Lists – Becoming More Efficient

Good Monday morning to you! For many of us, this is the morning when we are laying out our week and determining where we need to focus our attention this week.  One of the most powerful tools that we use to steward our time is the To Do list. You can use paper or software, but … Continue reading To Do Lists – Becoming More Efficient

Nine Things to Do to Become More Effective

Highly effective or “successful” people tend to do some things differently. Heidi Halverson has documented nine things that these people do differently in an article and makes the statement that “successful people reach their goals not simply because of who they are, but more often because of what they do.” Get specific.  "Lose 5 pounds" is a better … Continue reading Nine Things to Do to Become More Effective

Questions to Help You Stay on Track

Staying on track – hard to do for leaders, especially when you are moving fast.  And, as you know, just being a little bit off course can have major consequences down the road.  The problem is, as a leader, getting off track impacts others – not just ourselves. Robert Kaplan, in the article “What to … Continue reading Questions to Help You Stay on Track