background preloader

Productivity

Facebook Twitter

5 Types of Work Stress You Can Eliminate Right Now. What I learned from studying Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh's schedule. For those of you who are unfamiliar with him, Hsieh is the CEO of Zappos.com, a Customer Service company, that happens to be an eCommerce shoe and apparel retailer, based in Las Vegas.

What I learned from studying Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh's schedule

Zappos.com was purchased by Amazon.com in 2009 for $1.2 billion. In addition to running Zappos.com, Hsieh is also trying to rebuild Las Vegas, working on the Downtown Project in Las Vegas, Nevada. His goal is to build a community where local entrepreneurs can live and work. He’s also the author of NYT bestseller Delivering Happiness. Hsieh is an unconventional business leader. Most notably, he embraces the concept of radical transparency, not only sharing his schedule, but even sharing his personal and company priorities with the world. I studied his schedule from January 1st, 2015 to November 30th, 2015, and learned some interesting tidbits of information: He’s not the superhuman early riser like most Business Insider articles on leadership tell you about successful CEOs.

How does he handle email? The power of saying no. ‘Every time we say yes to a request, we are also saying no to anything else we might accomplish with the time’ Every year I seem to have the same resolution: say “no” more often.

The power of saying no

Despite my black belt in economics-fu, it’s an endless challenge. But economics does tell us a little about why “no” is such a difficult word, why it’s so important — and how to become better at saying it. Expert Advice On How To Build The Ultimate To-Do List. If you feel like you never manage to check everything off of your to-do list, you're not alone.

Expert Advice On How To Build The Ultimate To-Do List

Only 11% of professionals around the world accomplish all the tasks they'd planned to do on an average workday, according to a LinkedIn survey. Writing down your goals makes you more likely to achieve them, but many of us struggle with a never-ending to-do list: pick up the dry cleaning, finish that presentation, call the dentist, book a flight, order a wedding present . . .

Tracy McCubbin, professional organizer and owner of the Los Angeles-based dClutterfly, says one reason we get frustrated with to-do lists is that we expect to complete everything on them. "It's something living and breathing as opposed to 'I've checked everything off and I'm done for the rest of my life,'" she explains. Productivity Tips. The Science Behind Why Constantly Checking Your Email Is Making You Crazy. How To Make Email Better, Faster, And More Fun. Ask Annie: Fortune Mag. FORTUNE -- Dear Annie: I work in an office that used to be a "cube farm," which was noisy and distracting enough, but now we've gone to an "open plan" layout where there are no walls at all between workstations.

Ask Annie: Fortune Mag

This is supposed to make collaboration and teamwork easier, but some people seem to think it means they can bother co-workers at any time with any dumb little question or the latest tidbit of office gossip or whatever. Organization & Productivity. Doing More With Less - IBM. Do More With Less - Zappos. Zappos Family Core Value #8: Do More With Less Zappos has always been about being able to do more with less.

Do More With Less - Zappos

While we may be casual in our interactions with each other, we are focused and serious about the operations of our business. We believe in working hard and putting in the extra effort to get things done. We believe in operational excellence and realize that there is always room for improvement in everything we do. We must never lose our sense of urgency in making improvements.

Doing More With Less - Blanchard. We recently invited 40 different thought leaders to participate in a webcast on the topic of Doing Still More with Less.

Doing More With Less - Blanchard

The subject hit a nerve as over 4,700 people from around the world signed up to hear what experts had to say on getting work done during a time of limited resources. Dozens of great ideas emerged during the two-and-a-half-hour event. Among our favorites were four ideas specifically geared toward executives leading in today’s hectic environment. Make time to think Mark Sanborn, president of Sanborn and Associates and best-selling author of eight books including The Fred Factor and You Don’t Need a Title to be a Leader, shared a simple ritual along with a key question that he asks himself. Doing more with less? Start with focus say 40 top thought leaders. John Stahl-Wert, best-selling author and founder of The SHIP Company believes that challenging economic times provide an opportunity for individuals, teams, and companies to get better and to understand things more deeply.

Doing more with less? Start with focus say 40 top thought leaders

Yet, in his experience, “Many leaders and managers see times of restraint as a time to pressure people and provide less in terms of the human side and support.” This is so foolish, he explains. Instead, Stahl-Wert recommends that leaders “Look at ways to raise up the people capability, not try to pressure productivity.” Stahl-Wert is one of 40 thought leaders who will be joining Ken Blanchard for a Doing Still More With Less Leadership Livecast on April 24. A free event, this online webcast will bring together thought leaders, via video, to look at ways to engage and support people while meeting the increased performance demands of the current business environment.

Productivity

Delegation. Outsourcing. Time Management.