Distractions Are Killing Your Creativity


Here’s the facts:  A University of California, Irvine study revealed that employees working in open-plan offices (cubicles or around big tables) were interrupted 63% of their time at work. (63%!)  Employees with offices were interrupted 49% of the time. After each interruption, it took 25 minutes for the cubicle employees and 26 minutes for the office employees to get back on track. However, typically, employees turned to 2.26 OTHER tasks before getting back to the original task from which they had been interrupted. Which means,


How To Deal With An Insecure Boss

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Early in my career, I had a string of insecure bosses.  Guys that would steal your ideas and take credit, criticize you in front of others, and do anything to make themselves look good.  So I learned survival techniques early on.  Perhaps that’s why 10 years ago this commentary by Jeanne Sahadi connected with me.  If you’re trapped in a situation with an insecure boss, this might help transform your outlook:


Paul Revere and the Power of Networking

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In the book “The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell, he tells the story of Paul Revere and the start of the American Revolution.  Everyone knows the story – one day a stable boy overheard a British officer telling another soldier that tomorrow there would be “hell to pay”.   The boy ran with the news to the home of a silversmith named Paul Revere.  It wasn’t the first rumor Revere had heard.  He knew the British were up to something, and was aware of the increasing number of British soldiers and land and ships in the harbor.  At 10:00pm that night, he decided


Just How Much Sleep (Or Lack Of It) Impacts Your Performance

Creative People: Are You Paying Attention?

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As usual, our perception about sleep is way off.  While most Americans say they need roughly 7 hours and 30 minutes of sleep to feel their best, we average 6 hours and 55 minutes on the typical weeknight. In fact, 43 percent of Americans between the ages of 13 and 64 say they rarely or never get a good night’s sleep on weeknights.  The bags under the eyes are bad enough, but it’s also costing our economy about $63 billion each year due to lost productivity. Quality sleep each and every night helps protect mental, physical, and immune health and improve quality of life.  Want to sleep better tonight? We’ve got the tips and tricks that’ll help you fall asleep, stay asleep, and re-energize every day:  


How to Stop Worrying About the Competition


Whatever you think of the ongoing battle between Uber, Lyft, and the taxi establishment one thing is worth noting about their fight. Whoever you are and whatever your job, someone is closing in on you. Just when the taxi world was resting easily with little competition, along came an upstart in the gig economy that’s putting them out of business. But in today’s rapidly changing world, what’s the solution? How can you stay in the lead when so many are gunning for your job? Here’s a list of things you can start right now to keep you in front of the pack:


The Future is Not About Being a Middle Man

Why Being Critical to the Process Matters


One of the big changes happening in the world of work is the disappearing “Middle Man.” When a business starts, hiring is focused on two places – manufacturing and sales. In other words, the two most critical positions are the person who makes the widget, and the person who sells it. But as a company grows,


Infographic: Organizing a Workplace for Better Productivity


I’m a big believer in optimizing everything you can for maximum creativity.  Tools, environment, time of day, education – whatever it takes to deliver your best creative work.  So I asked Emily Johnson if I could share her infographic for organizing your workplace.  Sometimes, a visual is the best learning tool, and this one is excellent.  Take a look and let me know what you’re changing so you can amp up your productivity and creativity: