What do you think has a higher likelihood of earning a promotion: taking a vacation or powering through work and forgoing vacation? As it turns out, devoting time to having fun is a critical component in your professional success. Employees who take vacations are more likely to receive a raise or get promoted. Actually using … Continue reading “Why Taking Vacation Makes You More Successful”
Does something as small as a 2% uptick in productivity yield any noticeable changes? The truth of time is that everyone is limited to the same twenty-four hours per day. Yet by making small tweaks to increase your productivity by just two percentage points, you can have the gift of extra time. How much? How … Continue reading “The 2% Difference That Creates Extra Time”
I recently witnessed an act of compassion and friendship so unexpected, it moved me to tears. And it happened in a very unlikely place: Pelican Bay super-maximum security prison. I support a program called Defy Ventures, an organization that works with inmates and those recently released from prison who have the drive to someday become … Continue reading “How far would you go for a friend?”
What happens when you and your manager aren’t aligned? It’s one thing to free yourself from the bad habit of multitasking, re-think your work routines and watch your productivity skyrocket. But what do you do when your colleagues–or even your manager–don’t exactly have the same time management skills that you do?
When you really want to inspire change and growth in others, what kinds of questions do you ask them? Ones that require reflection and thought, or those that are more of the yes/no variety? The management strategy of asking more participatory questions reminds me of a certain Calvin and Hobbes cartoon. Calvin has—not surprisingly—got himself … Continue reading “Asking Effective Questions”