October 2010

Six Ways to Supercharge Your Productivity

By: Jim Bruce
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Tony Schwarts, CEO of the Energy Project, says a lot in this short piece “Six Ways to Supercharge Your Productivity”.  His key point is that as a result of the digital demands of the world we now inhabit, we are in danger of undertaking more and more tasks and creating less and less real value.

He suggests six practical behaviors – all of which you’ve heard before – which if adopted will increase the value of what you do:

Leaders Develop Daily, Not in a Day

By: Jim Bruce
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I came across today's reading, "Leaders Develop Daily, Not in a Day", last week in John Maxwell's GIANT Impact newsletter.  Maxwell is an internationally know writer -- over 19 million books sold -- and speaker on leadership.

His's thesis in this piece is very straightforward:  "Unless we set aside time to grow into the person we desire to be, we will not reach our potential."  Leaders need to commit themselves to the process of growth, if indeed they want to develop as leaders.

Declining by degree

By: Jim Bruce
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Today’s reading, suggested by Chris Paquette, Senior Consultant for Survey Services at MOR Associates, comes to us from the September 2, 2010 issue of the Economist – “Declining by degree”.  The author is an anonymous Economist consultant, Schumpeter, who generally writes on individuals and ideas behind the latest trends in business and management.  (Presumably the pseudonym refers to Joseph Schumpeter [1883-1950], an Austrian economist and political scientist who popularized the term “creative destruction” in economics.)