This Simple Productivity Tip Nudges The Easily Distracted — Ever So Gently

by Lila MacLellan

Despite its intense title, Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction (Viking) is not a book written exclusively for hard-charging, elite-level time managers. Chris Bailey, its author, calls for kindness when you catch your attention slouching on the job. Why be hard on ... Read & React

The Most Productive Meetings Don’t Have Slide Decks

by Simone Stolzoff

Most meetings are not conversations. They are a series of lectures. Jim from accounting gets up in front of a seated room. He shuffles through a series of slides, reiterating the words on the screen. Jenny, an assertive, quick thinker from sales, offers the lion’s share of feedback. Jim uploads ... Read & React

Leader: It’s Time to Develop Your Listening Muscle

For the record, I love Tom Peters’ latest book, The Excellence Dividend: Meeting the Tech Tide with Work that Wows and Jobs that Last. It reads like a common-sense punch-in-the-nose reminder on pursuing excellence in the moment with every breath and action you and your colleagues take and make ... Read & React

Improving Employee Engagement

One of the hot topics of the day is how to improve employee engagement. Together public and private sector organizations have invested billions of dollars in trying to crack this nut. The Office of Personnel Management has established a high priority goal of improving performance management and ... Read & React

Possible Explanation for Why Some People Get More Colds

by Dr. Francis Collins Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Colds are just an occasional nuisance for many folks, but some individuals seem to come down with them much more frequently. Now, NIH-funded researchers have uncovered some new clues as to why. In their study, the researchers found that the cells that line our airways are quite adept at ... Read & React

Three Reasons Leaders Should Ask for Help

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

There’s a hero myth that can build up around leaders. The great leaders stand alone, indomitable in the face of adversity, accomplishing their goals in the face of all obstacles. The last thing they need is help from anyone else. Their strength, wisdom and resolve brought them to this point and ... Read & React

For The Sleep-Deprived, Small Distractions Can Have Dire Results

Small distractions can have serious consequences for people deprived of sleep, according to the largest experimentally controlled study on sleep deprivation to date. The findings reveal just how detrimental operating without sleep can be in a range of situations, from bakers adding too much salt ... Read & React

Learning from Government’s Past to Anticipate Its Future

At any given moment in time, governments in the United States and around the globe are carrying out key missions in service of their citizens, learning from and engaging with partners in other sectors, and acting as cost-effective stewards of public resources. The countless positive daily ... Read & React

For Remote Workers, Virtual Body Language Really Matters

by Kathleen Pai VP of HR, Ultimate Software

When we’re getting to know new team members, we might take note of how firm their handshakes are, whether they make eye contact, how they say hello, or if they say hello at all. Their body language is critical. When remote workers join our teams, they don’t have a physical presence, but they ... Read & React

Why Vague Feedback is So Destructive and What to Do About It

When feedback is not specific and behavioral, it’s not actionable. Heck, it’s not even comprehensible. Give vague, constructive feedback to a conscientious person and expect them to take an emotional nosedive striving and struggling to figure out what they are doing wrong. Feedback Dissonance ... Read & React