Productivity

On this episode, we chat about the power of novelty—and how this one ingredient influences our perception of time and how meaningful our life feels. Topics covered include: How novelty has affected our perception of time during the pandemic The ways that novel moments serve as markers in time Our brain’s “novelty bias” How novelty,
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Takeaway: Success comes when you work intelligently within a system of interconnected parts. Understanding the system you’re in, and the intelligent ways in which you interact with it, goes a long way towards understanding the success you’ve achieved—and overcoming imposter syndrome. Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes, 3s. If you experience imposter syndrome—that feeling where you
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When asked the timeframe under which organizations are currently operating to return U.S.-based employees to the workplace/office, more than half of the HR leaders and professionals who took part in i4cp’s latest survey reported having a plan in place. The data, from i4cp’s monthly Getting Employees Vaccinated survey, shows that 53% of organizations either have
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New research from i4cp shows that organizations are taking various approaches to incentivize employees to receive COVID-19 vaccinations once available, though despite some widely publicized stories, very few companies are offering cash or gift card enticements. Nearly 43% of organizations are offering or plan to offer paid time off so that employees can get vaccinated
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On this episode, I chat with Cal Newport about his fantastic new book, A World Without Email. We chat about: How the cost of email is higher than we realize The differences between “asynchronous” and “synchronous” ways of communicating, and why they matter Cal’s idea of the “hyperactive hive mind” How email scrambles our thoughts
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Takeaway: Two ways to frame the way you think about money: you could live until you’re 100 or you could die tomorrow. Planning for both scenarios simultaneously allows you to minimize financial regret. Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes, 55s. My mom once told me a story about money that I’ll never forget.   A long time ago, she worked with
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While many organizations are taking steps to alleviate the disparate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on women in their workforces, a recent survey by the Institute of Corporate Productivity (i4cp) found that among larger employers, the number of those taking action (42%) is nearly equal to those organizations that are not (40%). Of the 400 professionals
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As we move further into 2021, COVID-19 vaccinations continue to challenge individuals and organizations, alike.  Many business leaders are still struggling—or purposely waiting—to make decisions about mandating vaccinations…or simply encouraging them. And once a decision is made, what’s the next step? How is the strategy best executed?  At the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), we’re
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On this episode, we chat about five productivity experiments you can try out while stuck at home—including how to wake up early, reset your caffeine tolerance, and replace TV time with books. Topics covered include: How our wakeup time doesn’t affect our income or success level The downfalls of caffeine How to optimize your caffeine
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Most organizations fail in their attempt to modify organizational culture. In fact, only 15% of organizations who have attempted to change their cultures have reported success. But, there are commonalities in the approaches of those successful organizations, as revealed in the bestselling book Culture Renovation™ and corresponding research study by human capital research firm i4cp
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In early 2017, the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) published a forecast, 14 Future Leadership Capabilities to Plan for Now. It was based on the collective smarts of the organization’s research team, thought leaders, and several senior executives representing companies in i4cp’s member network. The overall theme and advice four years ago was to prod
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Takeaway: Track only the time you spend on your most important tasks. This makes the exercise less of a pain, and allows you to see, at a glance, how productive you actually are. Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes, 3s. Like most people, I find tracking my time a huge pain. While devices like the Timeular make the process somewhat
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On this episode, we chat about how to avoid “all or nothing” thinking—also known as the “eff it” effect, or the abstinence violation effect, if you want to get technical about it. Topics covered include: ⁃ Not being satisfied by partial success⁃ How the effect plays out across different time scales⁃ The idea of “sunk
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The turmoil that sparked last summer’s social justice and racial equity demonstrations shook political and social foundations. It also compelled corporate leaders to make unprecedented promises to address systemic inequities in the workplace and beyond—a survey fielded last June by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) showed that approximately 90% of the 216 organizations polled
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It’s impossible to read any business publication these days and not come away with the understanding that senior executives, functional leaders, and other business professionals are spending a lot of think time under the same topic umbrella—the future of work.  Some are asking the questions you’d expect: What will work encompass? Who will do it
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Takeaway: Reflect deeply on where your goals come from—whether you accept the default goals that are expected of you, or choose them for yourself. Accepting the default script puts you at risk of living out of alignment with your true self. Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes, 38s. I’ve been thinking a lot about goals lately.
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Just-in results from the latest i4cp survey confirm that employers continue to prefer encouraging, and not requiring, employees to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. Most of the just over 400 respondents (62%) surveyed last week say they encourage employees to be vaccinated or plan to; only 4% require or plan to require the injections. In both cases, 30%
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Takeaway: Some problems are best solved by continuously chipping away at them. For others, there’s a real benefit in letting your mind wander. This allows us to connect the future, past, and present and come up with new ideas and be intentional about our goals. Capture mode, problem crunching mode, and habitual mode are two
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The Business Challenge With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the family of organizations that make up the Providence healthcare system faced a severe shortage of healthcare workers. Long before the pandemic hit, myriad forces had been at work that portended a crisis-level talent shortage in healthcare. Specifically, enrollment of students in nursing schools had
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Takeaway: It’s only possible to connect the arc of your career in hindsight. There are ways to work within this uncertainty of your future pathway, like by asking whether you’re pointed in the right direction, not worrying if you can’t figure things out, and by planning (while expecting that things will change). Estimated Reading Time:
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In mid-2020, well into the COVID-19 pandemic, the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) partnered with Dr. Jeffrey Pfeffer on research to identify vital organizational stakeholders, their responsibilities, decision-making criteria, and other key aspects of the healthcare ecosystem.  Pfeffer, a longtime i4cp Thought Leader Consortium member and the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior
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As the Hiring Manager for numerous roles reporting directly to me at several leading organizations, I have been very involved in the Talent Acquisition (TA) process. As such, I am quite familiar with what is required regarding time allocation, additional resources to interview, preparation, documentation, follow-through, decision making, and the management of simultaneous regular/irregular priorities
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A solid employee listening strategy is imperative to organizational performance both when times are good and in times of crisis. Prior to the events of 2020, the Institute for Corporate Productivity’s (i4cp) groundbreaking study, Culture Renovation: A Blueprint for Action found that 41% of high-performance organizations used frequent and short employee pulse surveys to gauge
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Takeaway: Capturing ideas helps us log what’s on our mind and think more clearly throughout the day. What you capture can be super broad, from tasks, to follow-up reminders, to actual insights. The ways of logging those ideas are equally diverse, and include digital and physical notepads, task managers, and messaging tools. Estimated Reading Time:
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