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The 7 Deadly Sins Of Business Meetings

When conducted effectively, meetings can inspire and ignite motivation, lead to higher performing teams and a stronger bottom line. However, more than $37 billion is wasted each year in unproductive meetings--and that's in the United States, alone. Admins need to minimize the wasted time in meetings and maximize the productive time. Once you're aware of my Seven Deadly Sins of Meetings, you'll be able to better plan, organize, participate in and facilitate great meetings.
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Yes, You Can Multi-Task Effectively

I can organize my desk while speaking with a client on the phone. I can skim through my email (and potentially even send out a quick response) during a conference call. I can make dinner while watching the news. In each of these cases, the quality of my work doesn't suffer. My efficiency doesn't suffer. And I get more accomplished.
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It Pays to Pay Attention to Details

Do you know how many emails you get each day that you shouldn't be receiving? When I teach my time management programs, I ask this and very rarely does anyone know the answer. For those of you allergic to details you are probably wondering why these details matter. They matter because they add up to a more efficient use of your time.

The Swedish Secret to Public Sector Reform

Work organization in the public sector across Canada has long been hindered by various forms of rigidity. We could take some inspiration from the experience of Sweden, a country that managed to transform its public sector employment scheme without antagonizing unions and workers.

How to Make Your Workload More Efficient

This summer I am de-cluttering our home so we can put it up for sale. As I sit on the floor, dividing stuff into keep, ditch and give away, I realize that I need to do the same with my business -- only the options are stop, start and continue. It is all-too-easy to get locked into doing things the same way, without really asking yourself why or whether that information is still relevant. Here's some of the questions I have been asking myself.