Category: productivity

Lean Email with 5S

Lean Email with 5S Lean Email 5S

How many unread emails are in your mailbox now? Dozens? Hundreds? A year ago, one executive complained to me that he had over 3000 emails in his inbox, most of them unread. Six months later, he updated the figure to 5000, i.e. his unread backlog is growing slowly but surely, and so does his frustration. […]

What Steve Jobs Knew Before the Great Resignation

What Steve Jobs Knew Before the Great Resignation

Steve Jobs may have been a controversial leader – but a smart one. And there was something that he understood particularly well and used as a foundation for his management approach.

How to Make Sure Your Improvement Initiative Fails

How to Make Sure Your Improvement Initiative Fails Burning Platform Company Meeting

As a performance improvement expert and organizational change specialist, I affirm that the following principles are ultimately reliable and guarantee the expected outcome: 1. Send an unexpected mass email to all or call an all-hands meeting to tell the entire company that “we are on a burning platform.” 2. Hire a consulting company and tell […]

The 4-Day WorkWeek: The Good the Bad and the Ugly

The 4-Day WorkWeek: The Good the Bad and the Ugly (c) S. Brovkin

Recently, some major news media, many bloggers and numerous readers were delirious about the findings of several “four-day week” trials in the UK and Iceland (with more countries across the world joining in). Researches inform that those trials were an “overwhelming success,” with quite a few workers having moved to a shorter week while “productivity […]

Really, What Makes an Effective Executive?

Really, What Makes an Effective Executive?

Whenever I ask this question, I always hear the usual sacred mixture of “integrity,” “willpower,” “leadership,” and, of course, “charisma.” The most promising HiPos would proudly throw in “emotional intelligence.” Those fuzzy buzzwords are supposed to make all aspiring executives salivate but none answers the question or offers at least a practical first step. For […]

Glassdoor Ratings and Reviews Revisited – Part 2

Glassdoor Ratings and Reviews Revisited – Part 2 Glassdoor Revisited

Using Glassdoor data, calculate your benchmark Engagement Ratio and use Glassdoor as a performance improvement monitor and communication channel.

Glassdoor Ratings and Reviews Revisited – Part 1

Glassdoor Ratings and Reviews Revisited – Part 1 Glassdoor Revisited

Glassdoor has been the go-to resource for job seekers. There is a good reason for employers to use GD as well because a clean Glass Door can double as a mirror. There are benefits on both sides of the Glassdoor: It is an information resource, a mirror, and a communication tool.

Have You Met Your New Year Yet?

Have You Met Your New Year Yet? Meeting Secret Benefits

Our “virtual reality” today simply magnified the problems that you must have had for a while. The root cause is simple: your meetings are not conducted properly. Meetings is where management happens.

More Project Managers Not PMPs: The PM 2.0 Course Continues Growing…

More Project Managers Not PMPs: The PM 2.0 Course Continues Growing… PM 2.0 TidBits

Yes, the PM 2.0 Course continues growing, and so is my beard! Have you checked out the latest additions? To the PM 2.0 course, I mean? Here they are – click on the lessons’ thumbnails or use the Course Syllabus below.      In addition, or if you do not have time to […]

Project Managers Not PMPs: A Hard Look at the Soft Practice of Project Management and PMP Certification

Project Managers Not PMPs: A Hard Look at the Soft Practice of Project Management and PMP Certification PMs Not PMPs

If you are a manager of any level, you probably expect to become a good manager. As we are all accidental project managers because we have to manage a project every once in a while, so we should all be able to benefit from this course. And I say “we” because I will be learning through your feedback.