It’s tempting, I have to admit! A life without email would undoubtedly make a huge difference to my productivity. Throughout my career, the roles and positions I’ve held have always been heavily reliant on email, and although it’s been essential for communications, in many ways, it has also been a big distraction. Despite best efforts to restrict email related tasks to particular times of day, the reality is that people often expect faster response times. When an important email comes through which needs urgent attention, it can be tricky to ignore. But this can really disrupt the creative process and work flow.
Monthly Archives: April 2015
When you give an important presentation, without doubt one of your biggest hurdles is the stress or nerves you feel.
A little nervousness is a good thing because it keeps you on your A-game. But feeling too much of it comes across as discomfort, which makes your audience uneasy too, and hence they’ll be hesitant about your message. What’s more, intense nerves hinder your thinking, which makes it harder to convince people about your message.
Human resources departments have been getting a lot of hate recently. There are hundreds of articles written every week questioning if HR departments will become extinct in the coming years, and even top-level management are losing faith in HR.
Though I may agree with some of the points they make in these articles, I don’t necessarily see a reason to eliminate a vital part of a company.
For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of using the new GoToMeeting, you have to take a peek at the stunning new design.
Oh yes. GoToMeeting has had a makeover – making it even simpler and faster to use than ever before.
Meetings. They are a necessary part of business life. Sometimes they are wonderful – productive and even enjoyable. But we’ve probably all sat through other types of meetings – the ones that are unproductive, tiresome and agonisingly long. Unfortunately, we all need meetings. We need them for updating people, brainstorming options, exploring and agreeing decisions. We need them with individuals to update each other, to mentor or coach, to chew over a problem, or to support people with their personal development.
It was Michelangelo who, at age 87, said, “I am still learning”. With the demands of work on us in the 21st century, we desperately need to follow his example.
Today’s knowledge workers face a business environment that often leaves us feeling somewhat bewildered and confused. In fact, there’s even a name for it – VUCA.
I still remember the very first time I was invited to make a presentation to my senior management team. I couldn’t sleep for days; my mind was filled with dread, and every nerve, cell and fibre of my entire being felt like they were preparing for a major meltdown. I was only in my early twenties, but I believe that even the cuff on a blood pressure monitor would have been trembling.