Productivity

The lineup of exceptional speakers for the #1-rated  i4cp 2020 Next Practices Now Conference continues to grow. Joining senior executives from companies including Microsoft, Starbucks, and Patagonia, the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) has confirmed that Ekpedeme “Pamay” Bassey, Kraft Heinz‘ Chief Learning Officer, will speak on the i4cp mainstage this coming March. At the
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What is wellbeing? Have you heard this lovely fluffy word being banded around a little lately? When we think of wellbeing it might make us think of our health or how we are feeling, but one thing is for sure is if we want to be a Productivity Ninja it’s imperative to be aware of
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In a recent article on our i4cp Productivity Blog—The Dangerous Gap in Succession Pipelines—I wrote that organizational learning’s shift to a continuous-stream construct (in response to the shorter shelf-life of employee skills) has implications for chief learning officers.   Specifically, this challenges learning leaders to build their organizations’ workforces into self-directed continuous learners, people who
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Preparing new managers to lead effectively is a topic that consistently resonates with i4cp members; we’ve responded with ongoing research and the creation of a variety of resources to help. Following our study in partnership with ATD— Developing New Managers: Key Elements for Success —members of i4cp’s Executive and Leader Development Exchange group received a
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With anticipation growing for the i4cp 2020 Next Practices Now Conference, the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) is pleased to announce the most recent addition to the keynote speaker lineup; outdoor clothing company Patagonia’s Chief Human Resources Officer, Dean Carter. Carter, who joined Patagonia as Vice President of HR in May of 2015, provides strategic
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Microsoft Corp. offers a lot to draw talent to its Redmond, Wash.-based main campus.  There’s the attraction of working for a global tech titan with a trillion dollar valuation and a perennial spot on best employers for pay and perks lists.  And speaking of perks, there’s the campus itself. Microsoft’s U.S. headquarters is a sprawling
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Takeaway: Some experts are worth listening to, and others aren’t. To find the good ones, look for those who have dug deeply into a topic, aren’t afraid to be vulnerable about where they fail, don’t speak from a pedestal, and are further along in exploring a topic than you are. Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes,
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Research by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) in partnership with ATD has shown that in 90% of surveyed companies, the role of the chief learning officer is evolving.   As more organizations adopt learning cultures and the function overall becomes increasingly business-results oriented, the skills learning leaders must have to be successful have changed. 
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We’re about to launch a six-part People Analytics Series, in which i4cp members who participate in any of our four Exchange groups will work collaboratively to advance the state of human capital analytics within their organizations and their functional areas (i.e., leadership development, performance management, engagement, and workforce planning). In advance of the June 27
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Business leaders’ recent conversations with i4cp confirm that succession is on the minds of many. Hardly surprising, since planning for successors is vital for all key organizational positions, from critical-role individual contributors to top-of-the-house leaders. But our research found that many organizations have a dangerous gap in the pipeline for a vital C-level position. In
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Takeaway: For the greatest performance benefits, drink caffeine strategically, instead of habitually. Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes, 50s. Podcast Length: 24 minutes, 35s (link to play podcast at bottom of post). This week on Becoming Better, we dig into the science behind how you can extract as much energy—and productivity—out of caffeine as possible. I
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The Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) announced today that Kevin Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Starbucks, and Lucy Helm, Starbucks Executive Vice President, Chief Partner Officer, will serve as keynote speakers at the upcoming i4cp 2020 Next Practices Now Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. Kevin Johnson, who became Starbucks’ CEO in 2017, has been with the
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The Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) regularly fields pulse surveys to query respondents about the practices currently in use in their companies and what’s planned for the future. On occasion, we ask survey respondents to tell us what they believe should be happening in their organizations. These responses are both validating and illuminating; the survey
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Takeaway: The paperback version of Hyperfocus comes out today! It looks awesome. Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 12s. One year ago, my second book, Hyperfocus: How to Manage Your Attention in a World of Distraction, hit store shelves! I consider the book to be the best thing I’ve created to date. It’s about how to
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Takeaway: Have a good reason for investing in becoming more productive. Otherwise, you’ll fall into a common trap: that your reward for becoming more productive will be having more work to do. Estimated Reading Time: 1 minute, 29s. The other day, I was reading Haemin Sunim’s delightful1 book, The Things You Can See Only When
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Takeaway: Three ways to hold yourself accountable for doing aversive tasks: get a deadline (however you can); fire up Focusmate; and get an accountability partner. Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes, 2s. Podcast Length: 16 minutes, 33s (link to play podcast at bottom of post). Research shows that the more unstructured a task is, the more
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Takeaway: We constantly tell ourselves stories about who we are. If you’re not careful, this tendency can stress you out and make you pretty anxious. Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes, 19s. As we go about our lives, we tell ourselves a lot of stories about the kind of person we are and the life we
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What organization doesn’t want to do more to break down silos, stimulate innovation, identify hidden talent, and encourage collaboration across teams and functions?   Introducing Organizational Network Analysis (ONA) Achieving such innovation, collaboration, and connectivity enables an organization to leverage expertise broadly, well beyond employees’ teams and functions to improve productivity and enable the free
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Takeaway: Meditation saves you time because it allows you to work more efficiently. Five practical benefits of having a meditation ritual: you’ll be happier (which makes you more productive); you’ll have greater clarity of what’s important as you work; you’ll develop deeper relationships; you’ll focus deeper; and you’ll become less dependent on your addictive devices.
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Conversations around optimizing workplace productivity have always existed—the only real changes to the conversation are the solutions that business leaders consider to ameliorate the productivity gap. In the past, these solutions often had to do with individual performance (how each team member can operate more efficiently). But today, the conversation has shifted to also include
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Advanced automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies—what i4cp refers to as advanced work automation—are rapidly disrupting both our personal and work lives. Expectations from the former are quickly impacting the latter: people don’t want to live like the Jetsons at home, but the Flintstones at work.  Customers have similar high expectations—ones that can be
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Takeaway: Keeping a log of how you spend your time, even if just for a few days, makes you aware of whether you’re spending time on what’s actually important to you. Keeping a time log sounds like a hassle, but it takes less time and attention than you might think. Plus, doing so lets you
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Takeaway: You should work around your energy levels; working on more important tasks when you have the most energy, and less productive tasks when your energy dips. Below is how to calculate when your energy peaks (your “biological prime time”), and a few suggestions for working around your energy levels. Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes,
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A groundbreaking research study, Automating Work: The Human/AI Intersection, is now available exclusively to i4cp members. This infographic, an extension of the study, outlines the workforce planning process and reinforces the need to deconstruct future job roles to determine which skills and capabilities will be needed as certain tasks are automated or augmented by new
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