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Work smarter not harder: The Firehouse Idea

Work smarter not harder

We deify the workaholic and tend to care more about quantity of work than quality, so this is hard — but can it be done? Yes. Yes, it can. Continue Reading

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The great project planning myth

Project Planning

Project planning? No time! I got a boss to please! (But seriously, here’s a research-backed look at why most project plans aren’t that great.) Continue Reading

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The problem with collaboration tools

Collaboration Tools

You really think it’s gonna cut down on your email? Ideally it would, but you don’t know Samantha from Accounting and her reluctance to change, now do you…? Continue Reading

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Time management skills: The check-in

Time management skills

Time management skills are fairly rare in most workplaces and teams. But what if we taught managers to change one little bitty thing? Continue Reading

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End the deification of the workaholic

Workaholic

The workaholic culture will never end, and especially among males — but we can at least reduce the ways we deify it and treat it as vain-glorious, no? Continue Reading

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Increase productivity: It starts with organizational alignment

Increase Productivity

There are approximately 7,298,413 books and speeches a year on how to increase productivity. In reality, it’s much, much simpler than we make it out to be. Continue Reading

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Process improvement: End ‘process for the sake of process’

Process Improvement

Process is supposed to make business better and more effective. If it’s not doing that — if it’s just there to be there or make people feel better — then it’s totally worthless. Continue Reading

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How to get better at email management

Email Management

Email (or e-mail, take your pick) is one of the triad of scourges of the modern work world, along with meetings and conference calls. How do you get better at email management, then? There are approximately 1.5 trillion articles about… Continue Reading