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  • Three Ways To Reset Your Work-Life Boundary

    It’s been 20 years since the Personal Digital Assistant started tearing down the wall between work and life. If there was any wall still standing, the global pandemic took it all the way down. Now that home is the office,…

  • Now Is The Time To Stop Wasting Time

    Consider this: If you spend the majority of your work life in meetings and the majority of those meetings suck, according to the transitive property, your life sucks. While many executives would agree this is true, convincing…

  • Looking Forward At Year End

    2020 was a horror movie with an implausible number of plot twists. Remember when the big story was the devastating Australian bushfires? While January 1 won’t be a light switch, it is increasingly likely that we’ll take steps…

  • How The Ancient Practice Of Gratitude Helps Modern Teams Thrive

    Gratitude comes to the forefront every November and many of us are familiar with personal rituals like a gratitude journal, which are indeed beneficial any time of year. However, the origins of this emotion we call gratitude…

  • Make Hybrid Meetings The Best Of Both Worlds

    The whole point of a hybrid is to combine the best attributes of two good things into a single even better thing. Think Myer lemons and the Apple Watch. Sometimes, however, they end up being the worst of both, such as the…

  • Navigate Competing Priorities Through “Even Over” Statements

    Multiple priorities are a necessity in today’s complex organizations. Coupled objectives keep a system in balance. If the only goal is getting a product to market quickly, for example, you might sacrifice quality or employee…

  • Reinventing Work Step 2: Challenge The Old And Imagine The New

    We’ve always been reinventing work.  In the 1990s, I was in technology sales for GE based in Dallas, Texas. Back in the time of Dilbertian cubicles, a typical workday looked like this: To learn about a prospective customer,…

  • Reimagining Work: Step 1

    With fall school schedules uncertain and people working from home for longer than we imagined, it’s clear that the temporary fix of transferring in-person office habits to a virtual environment isn't going to work long-term.…

  • Shifting Beliefs About Working From Home

    The pandemic is changing long-held beliefs about work, and specifically beliefs about working from home. In an informal survey of knowledge workers conducted in early May, we found that 42% of respondents had shifted their…

  • Meeting Data Is Culture Data

    Meetings are a microcosm of your organization. They are where culture gets shaped, true values are revealed, and belonging cues are sent and received. If you espouse a culture of innovation, but shut down contrarian ideas…