Productivity

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Leadership accountability is the first order of business in a new administration, governmental or commercial. And it’s a must-have component underlying any strong, purpose-driven organizational culture.  Incoming Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced this week that senior Pentagon leaders have two weeks to provide him with reports on the status of sexual assault prevention programs in
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Leveraging data from the largest research study conducted on organizational culture, book showcases interviews and case studies from some of the world’s top CEOs and companies  Seattle, January 12, 2021 – Corporate culture matters—and research proves culture is inextricably linked to organizational performance. With a new year upon us, and organizations that have been unintentionally
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Takeaway: Traditional goals are kind of overrated: they don’t have a natural end point, and sometimes not much even changes when we accomplish them. It’s far more productive to focus on projects and habits.  Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes, 18s. I’ve been thinking a lot about goals lately. This post is the first of three in a short series sharing a few disparate ideas I
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To encourage … or to require? A new survey by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) found that employers are far more comfortable with encouraging (68%) employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine once it’s widely available than they are requiring inoculation (5%).   Having settled on encouragement, organizations have answered a core question. But that
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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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Takeaway:: Make a list of everything you’re worrying about, and divide it into what you do and don’t have control over. Then, deal with the items on your list accordingly. Estimated Reading Time:: 1 minutes, 35s. Podcast Length: 22 minutes, 42s (link to play podcast at the bottom of post). Believe it or not, it’s
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It’s not news to anyone that personal stories told by leaders, especially those that reveal vulnerability, garner attention. They are powerful. We remember them. When we tell our own stories well, we can move and even influence people. This approach is an artform for Dan Price, CEO of Seattle-based Gravity Payments, who gained folk hero
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COVID-19 almost instantly reshaped the traditional workplace. Then employees realized that if they were working remotely anyway, why not be near distant relatives or on the beach? As the pandemic continues, companies field daily requests to make temporary remote working permanent, and to allow employees to live anywhere while working from home. From the extreme
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In this episode of Brené Brown’s Dare to Lead podcast, the acclaimed researcher and thought leader talkw with Kevin Oakes, the head of the world’s leading HR research firm, the Institute for Corporate Productivity, about his new book Culture Renovation: 18 Leadership Actions to Build an Unshakeable Company. From Brené: The best playbooks are a combination
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Fervently hoped-for COVID-19 vaccines are making their way to frontline workers and beyond, but many business leaders remain undecided about their organizations’ policies on vaccinations for employees, suppliers, and other stakeholders. Data from The COVID-19 Vaccine & The 2021 Workplace, a new pulse survey by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), shows that corporate decision-makers
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Takeaway: In her book Time Smart, behavioral scientist and Harvard Business School professor Ashley Whillans digs into the fascinating relationship between time, money, and happiness. While making more money is an easier goal to chase, Ashley’s research shows that making time-first choices ultimately leads to greater happiness. Time Smart outlines strategies to do just that, including tactics to save us time
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Takeaway: Three rituals to close out 2020: conduct a year-end productivity review; create an accomplishments list; and write down what you’re grateful for from the year past (it’s easier than you think). Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes, 46s. If 2020 were a building, it would have been a big ol’ funhouse mansion, filled to the brim with twisted artifacts: mirrors that reflect back on one another,
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