Productivity

Back in March, the world shifted. Travel halted. Offices shut. Businesses closed. We stopped being in the same room as each other and started only seeing each other through a screen. For Think Productive, as a Productivity Training Company delivering face to face workshops in people’s offices, it was a scary time for us. Luckily,
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Takeaway: A few tactics to help you inbox with intention: track your email usage, adopt email sprints, take an email vacation, suggest phone calls for longer discussions, and send less email. Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes, 38s. Podcast Length: 26 minutes, 8s (link to play podcast at the bottom of post). While the idea of Inbox
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Over the past two weeks since i4cp published its initial guidance on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) recent ruling on human capital disclosure (member only), we’ve engaged in many conversations with a cross section of senior-level business executives – including several who serve on public company boards –  to gain insight into the corporate
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Takeaway: The most productive people don’t hustle themselves into an early grave—they work with calm deliberateness, prioritizing thoughtfulness over speed. This will help you work with greater intention. Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes, 45s. There seem to be two schools of thought for how we should approach productivity advice.   The first is that we should hustle
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This week’s Learning and Development action call hosted special guest Andre Martin, VP, People Development at Google. Martin was interviewed by i4cp CEO and co-founder Kevin Oakes. Here are some highlights from the call: The value of user-generated content and peer-to-peer learning. A program at Google that has been particularly valuable this year has been
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Takeaway: The next time you reach a strong impasse with a problem, sleep on it, by writing down the problem before heading to bed. Incubating unresolved problems overnight lets your mind wander, rest, and unearth insights you might not otherwise have had. Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes, 13s. Podcast Length: 18 minutes, 34s (link to
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Takeaway: Success can distract us from the problems that may compromise our future achievements and happiness. It can draw attention away from what needs to be fixed, provide a false sense of comfort, and lead to harmful side effects. Always be on the hunt for problems to fix—while also staying grateful (and humble), and recognizing the price of the success you’ve achieved.  Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes, 1s. Ed Catmull, Pixar’s cofounder and past president,
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Data from the Institute for Corporate Productivity’s (i4cp) latest pulse survey of 315 business leaders found that addressing the issue of racial inequity enterprisewide is a top priority for most companies. Among larger organizations (those employing >1,000 people), the importance placed on this is undeniably distinct—a combined 80% said last week that the level of this
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Takeaway: Many of us want to read more but are unsure of how to do it. A handful of tactics to try: set specific times to read, create a comfortable physical environment, identify less meaningful activities and replace them with reading, read shorter books, have multiple books on-the-go, put down books you’re not enjoying, make
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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to cause unprecedented impact to business, employers, and employees, human capital leaders continue to face both short- and long-term challenges. Since March, i4cp has held a weekly series of calls specifically for Learning and Talent leaders to discuss problems and share ideas regarding L&D strategy, remote training, virtual leadership development, and
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It’s not news that Republicans and Democrats generally view the U.S.’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic quite differently, but it didn’t start out that way. In the early days of the crisis, many thought it would bring unity (we’re all human and in this together). As we know now, the pandemic quickly divided the U.S.
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Takeaway: Change is inevitable and we need to learn to embrace it. Four tactics to get you started: have an awareness for change and how it interacts with your expectations, see every data point as part of a broader trend, shift your mindset to view change as the default state of the world, and meditate.
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Employee resource groups (ERGs)—also known as business resource groups (BRGs), employee networks, etc.—are designed in part to support a more diverse and inclusive workplace, enhance engagement, and strengthen the culture of their organizations. ERGs also offer participants an opportunity to work closely with peers and colleagues to expand their professional networks.  That quote opened i4cp’s
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Inc. magazine today ranked the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) on its annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.  The list recognizes leading companies within the U.S. economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small and midsized businesses. This is the fifth time i4cp has appeared on the list.  “We are
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Pre-COVID projections placed the soft skills training market on a path toward immense growth. According to Transparency Market Research, the global soft skills training market will reach a value of US $38 Billion by 2027. Soft behaviors are pervasive throughout our being. How well we communicate, collaborate, and cooperate depends on our more malleable traits.
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The just-released results of the Institute for Corporate Productivity’s (i4cp) latest pulse survey—Workforce Policies in Times of Crises—confirm it: We’re working in COVID-19 limbo. The survey asked, What is your organization’s current policy on employees continuing to work remotely versus returning to the office? A third of respondents (the greatest single group) said things are
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The 2020-2021 school year is fast-approaching and working parents with school-age children are confronting continued COVID-19-driven uncertainty about what’s ahead. Data from a new pulse survey of 275 business professionals fielded by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), which explored the strategies organizations are implementing to support working parents as the pandemic persists and summer winds
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Let’s start by acknowledging that women were already stretched thin well before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. There are innumerable reasons for this ranging from the challenges of single parenting to the reality that even in two-parent households, women are still much more likely to take on the added responsibilities of childcare and this is even
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What are companies doing about employees who post content on social media that is inflammatory, derogatory, offensive, or racist? This is a fraught question—one that comes up consistently in conversations, chat threads, in emails, and even LinkedIn posts—many of us are thinking about this and asking ourselves (and one another): How should employers respond when
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This week’s pulse survey conducted by the Institute for Corporate Production (i4cp) found that the continuing spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. is compelling companies to rethink planning for workers to head back to the office Of the 107 business professionals polled, 35% said that recent increases in new infections of the virus have affected their
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Return-to-normal is a popular topic of conversation these days. Business leaders are focused on return to work plans that will hopefully reengage their workforces in more productive ways. Small business owners are struggling to reopen, serve customers, and comply with local guidelines for keeping people safe. Friends and family are waiting expectantly for the day
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