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Working Smarter, Faster, and Better (Part V): Big Picture Focus


Depending on your Big Picture, these items may, or may not help you achieve your desired outcome. But regardless, every item on your to-do list falls into one of these four categories. Anthony Robbins, peak performance strategist, categorizes (read more)...

On-the-Job Performance Improvement


I am pleased to share with you an article from the June 2009 issue of Training Magazine. You may be interested (read more)...


Working Faster, Smarter, and Better (Part IV): Time Stressors


Time stressors are the most pervasive source of pressure and stress in the workplace and they happen as a result of having too much to do in too little time. This is where really understanding the difference between Important and Urgent come into play. So let’s define important and urgent.

Important activities are those that (read more)...

Pharmacy Error - Pregnant Woman Given Abortion-Inducing Drug In Error


Being accurate with data is important not only in our professional lives, but also in our personal lives as this recent news story clearly demonstrates.

After taking the wrong medication, a woman who is six-weeks pregnant is nervously waiting to see if there will be permanent effects to her unborn child. She was erroneously given another patients medication at a Safeway Pharmacy in Colorado. And although Safeway appears to have taken responsibility for the error, it does not fix the possible damage done to this woman’s unborn baby.

When the pregnant woman (read more)...

Working Faster, Smarter, and Better (Part III): Time Management?


Now that you are aware of the difference approaches individuals have regarding time (monochronic vs. polychronic), let’s look at the misnomer of time management.

The first thing you must accept about time management is that it has little to do with managing time and everything to do with managing priorities. No one can control time, however anyone can control how his or her time is used.

The problem for most of us is (read more)...

Working Smarter, Faster, and Better (Part II): Monochronic versus Polychronic Time


There are two opposing ways of looking at time: monochronic and polychronic. According to Anne McGee-Cooper ad Duane Trammell (1993) “Monochronic time refers to linear time – time that is measured by the clock and the units of measurement are decided in advance. When you function in monochronic time, you reward and appreciate promptness, speed, brevity, and punctuality. Shorter and faster meansbetter (p.25).

This is the standard practice (read more)...

Working Faster, Smarter, and Better: Tools and Tips for Managing Your Time More Effectively (Part I)


I don’t know when it actually happened, that is, the precise moment in which time inexplicitly began to fly at the speed of light, where it seemed impossible to juggle my work priorities, my family life, and the 20 million or so requests that seem to pop-up each day from my co-workers, family, and miscellaneous people I encounter. Somehow, my to do list just kept getting longer and longer and my ability to cross things off, to feel a true sense of accomplishment, started to become unattainable. It was more like an unimaginable dream. 

And, maybe it is just me, (read more)...

Making a Difference – Celebrating National Mentoring Month


Over my life, I have been blessed with hundreds of wonderful people from around the world who have shared invaluable insights, experiences, and encouragement. Whether they realized it or not, their generosity through shared knowledge or personal example has helped me become the woman I am today.

The funny thing is, most of us don’t realize the impact we have on others – even people we don’t know. Think about it, what messages are you consciously and unconsciously sharing every day? How can your experiences, attitudes, and work ethic influence and serve as an example to others?

As we celebrate (read more)....

Does a “Typo” Eliminate Personal Accountability?


I continue to be amazed at the number of errors that consistently show up in Annual Reports and financial statements of public companies. An excellent example of this was highlighted in Todd Wallack’s October 4, 2010, Boston Globe article (In reporting pay, firms can err big: Figures on executives off by up to $500,000).The article reports several examples of significant errors on reported executive compensation, from a mere twenty dollars to more than half a million dollars with several errors in the hundreds of thousands.

When questioned, the reason the companies gave for the errors were (read more)...

The Importance of Wrapping Up


As the amount of time allotted for training gets shorter and shorter, it seems harder and harder to fit everything in. So, consequently, trainers often eliminate reviews and wrap-ups in lieu of squeezing in one more bit of content. But, since repetition and connection are key to recollection and application, skipping the wrap-up may be a mistake.

Give learners a gift by (read more)...

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