Articles about Productivity


4 ways to execute a stretch assignment like a rockstar

The stakes are high here.


How to use the first five minutes of networking to impress

In the first five minutes of any conversation, the smartest networkers do what no one expects.


4 ways clever people use meetings to increase their visibility

Are meetings actually an opportunity to showcase yourself?

Office Life

Who’s the boss? Why strong leaders are ‘servants’

The best way to get your team to have your back is to win their hearts and minds. The road to that for leaders is to ‘Serve.’


The one habit that makes it easier to achieve your goals

Instead of trying to achieve all your goals at once — leading to burnout and failure — why not create your own “keystone habits” to get more done by doing less?

Office Life

8 surprising things ultra productive people do every day

You don’t need to work longer or push yourself harder — you just need to work smarter. Ultra-productive people know this. They squeeze every drop out of every hour without expending any extra effort.


Here’s why your gut instinct is wrong at work – and how to know when it isn’t

Research that I and others have conducted on decision-making offers some clues on when we should – and shouldn’t – listen to our guts.

The Job search

I’ve applied for many jobs without getting a single interview. What am I doing wrong?

Why are you not getting an interview? Our guess is you’re making the same mistake most people do: you’re making your resume about you instead of about the reader.


This is how to increase your attention span: 5 secrets from neuroscience

So how do you go about increasing your attention span? First step: don’t waste what little you have …

Office Life

How to boost trust with your boss – whether you’re new or in the doghouse

You can use specific methods to make people trust you again at work, but what happens when you're at a new job or have fallen out of favor with your manager, specifically? Here's how to get into their good graces.

Career advice

Richard Branson on flex policies, what Virgin looks for in an employee, and lessons learned

Entrepreneur Richard Branson gave a keynote presentation this week at the Adobe Summit, a digital marketing conference, in which he made a serious case for why Americans need more vacation time.


6 things I’ve learned from a decade working with female entrepreneurs

These are the six steps the most successful women entrepreneurs undertake to break through to scale.


Are your perfectionist ways holding you back?

Seriously, some of us are just born enjoying order and control.


How to ask for feedback that actually makes a difference

Here, experts shed insight on how to ask for feedback that will set you sailing toward whatever professional goal is next on your priority list.

How To

Leave the office on time and don’t take your work home

Think about why you’re working in the first place.


What things should I stop doing at work immediately in order to succeed?

We all have the same 1,440 minutes in our day.


10 ways you are killing your executive presence

Executive presence is a blending of mindset, competencies, and delivery that gives the overall impression that this person has dignity and can get the job done. Can executive presence be developed?

Problem Solving

Your first thought is rarely your best thought: Lessons on thinking

People are losing the ability to think through a problem.

The Whole Human

How to achieve your goals by creating an enemy

If used correctly, scapegoating can be a powerful tool for resisting temptation and sticking to hard goals. It can also be dangerous and backfire if used incorrectly. Here's how creating an enemy can help.


Study: Being forgetful can actually make you smarter

You can relax if remembering everything is not your strong suit. Recent research makes the case that being forgetful can be a strength — in fact, selective memory can even be a sign of stronger intelligence.


This may be the key to making your next meeting tolerable

Though banishing all meetings sounds like a nice solution, it's just not realistic.


Even if your phone’s turned off, its nearby presence is distracting you

Turns out, putting your smartphone down in front of you will not help you escape its distracting siren's call. According to new research, our phone's mere presence is enough to wreak havoc on our ability to think ... even if it's face down.

How To

3 hacks to make getting to work on time a little easier

Getting to work on time can be a never-ending struggle. Between rolling out of bed and hitting the road for yet another long commute, there are so many ways that time can slip through the cracks. Here's how to make getting to work on time in the morning a lot easier.

career change

3 common myths about what it takes to succeed in entrepreneurship

It’s necessary to separate fact from fiction.


New bill wants to give employees the right to ignore email after-hours

Do you dread answering work emails long after you have left work? A new New York City bill wants to help you ward off demanding bosses who expect answers at all hours of the day and night.