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Category Archives: Improving Productivity at Work

The Secret to a Productive Business Team

The key to a productive business team The Business Therapist

Do you know a great salesperson with really sloppy paperwork skills? Maybe a fantastic bookkeeper who'd be mortified if they had to go out and procure new clients? We all have strengths and weaknesses. The strongest, most effective business business teams have a diversity of strengths. Consider this: It’s really hard to improve our weakness... Continue reading

Teamwork and Productivity in Business

There is a legend about teamwork and Belgian draft horses. If each horse can pull 2,000 pounds by themselves, when they team up and pull together, they can pull 8,000 pounds. By pulling together they accomplish twice as much as the sum of the individual accomplishments. I have done a little research and I am not convinced the legend can be ver... Continue reading

This is a Five Minute Job!

This expression has stayed in my mind for years and these 6 little words have really helped me be more productive at work.  I had an employer who would write notes of tasks to completed during the workday that were often neglected; mostly because the little jobs weren't 'easy' or 'fun' (think toilets!). My boss would bold, underline and highlight... Continue reading

A Productivity Tool For Businesses – Kanban Board

The 'kanban' concepts have Japanese roots and were developed for managing workflow in manufacturing projects. Two key concepts are 1) it is a visual representation of the project or projects and 2) it requires you to limit the current capacity for work in progress – i.e. limit the current number of things you are working on. Consistent with... Continue reading

Book Review – ‘Remote’

I just finished the new book Remote by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, the founders of 37Signals.  The writing style is quite pleasant to read as it is very short chapters with lots of white space (so you can read a lot of pages faster).  They also wrote a book Rework, that was a New York Times bestseller. I wouldn’t recommend read... Continue reading

3 Tips for Dealing with Constant Interruptions

With all the great technology to make the world more productive it seems there are more ways to be interrupted than ever! Here are 3 tips to help you get your work done: 1)     Create your own barriers – If you don’t ask your co-workers to stop invading your space, why would they stop invading your space? I think the key is to start by 'as... Continue reading

Business Tip – The Power of a Good Purge

For most of us it feels pretty good to do a 'purge' in our business lives. For example, it is a commonly known fact that a clean desk can result in a more productive workspace.  However, there are two main types of purging: 1)     The 'Chip Away At It' purge – This type of purge has some benefits but it is only a partial purge. For example: ... Continue reading

Should Your Business Have a ‘Nap Room’?

The first time I heard the ‘nap room’ idea was a couple years ago. I was running a program where I facilitate feedback from a team of employees without the owner present. The idea of a ‘nap room’ came up twice. The second time I had to ask if they were really serious. They were! The main argument for the nap room was this: If I am really... Continue reading