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Breaking The Myth Of Multitasking with Dave Crenshaw

Do you ever wish you could be a more focused leader, a calmer thinker, a more productive worker? Do you ever get to the end of the day and wonder what you actually accomplished?

This week’s guest on the podcast is productivity and time management expert, Dave Crenshaw. As an author, speaker, and online instructor, Dave has transformed the lives and careers of hundreds of thousands around the world, developing leaders in Fortune 500 companies, universities, and organizations of every size.

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“Can I Just Have Two Minutes of Your Time?”

There’s a knock at your office door.

Your employee peeks their head in innocently.“Do you have a quick second?” “Can I just have 2 minutes of your time?”

OK. It’s just two minutes, you think.

How many of you fall for this on a daily basis?

Though the person doesn’t usually intend it as such, it’s a trap—and we know it. A second is never a just second. A minute is never just a minute. Even if it were, all those second and minute interruptions really add up … to more than you might think.

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How the 80/20 Rule Will Change Your Business

Have you ever met someone who always seems busy—but if you asked what they’ve accomplished in the last day, or the last week, they couldn’t give you a straight answer?

Maybe, if you’re being totally honest, this happens to you, too?

Let’s face it. Being truly productive in today’s business world is more difficult than ever. Yes, technology has made us much more efficient in many ways, but it also comes with great challenges: The constant bombardment of dings and notifications and emails and phone calls and texts can throw even the most type-A, goal-oriented businessperson out of focus.

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What I Learned from the Story of the Fish

A little girl was watching her mother prepare a fish for dinner. Her mother cut the head and tail off the fish and then placed it into a baking pan.

The little girl asked her mother why she cut the head and tail off the fish.

Her mother thought for a while and then said, “I’ve always done it that way. That’s how grandma always did it.”

Not satisfied with the answer, the little girl went to visit her grandma to find out why she cut the head and tail off the fish before baking it. Grandma thought for a while and replied, “I don’t know. My mother always did it that way.”

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How Important Is My Workplace Culture?

Would you hire an employee who has skills you desperately need but doesn’t fit into your company’s culture?

I posted this question a few days ago to on Linkedin, and received several insightful answers. There was a general consensus that hiring an employee who fits your company’s culture is extremely important—perhaps even more than their skill.

But let’s back up a second. What exactly do I mean by culture?

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The Multitasking Myth

Do you ever have one of those days where you feel like you’re doing so many things, but at the end of the day, you feel like you haven’t gotten anything really important done?

I think everyone can relate to this feeling.

I was speaking about this problem to a friend the other day, and our discussion led to multitasking in the modern world—it’s so satisfying, but is it actually productive?

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Pursuing the Impossible: Of Flying Red Convertibles and Life on Mars

Forget about thinking out of the box. Try thinking out of the stratosphere.

A couple days ago, billionaire Elon Musk’s company SpaceX launched a rocket into space, the first time a rocket this powerful has been sent into space by a private company.

In a fun, creative twist, rather than the usual nondescript chunk of metal, the rocket carried Musk’s red Tesla convertible

. . . with a dummy wearing a SpaceX spacesuit strapped inside. 😉

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Why I Stopped Making Resolutions

The calendar has recently turned, and, with the change in year comes one constant: people setting grand resolutions and failing spectacularly.

No, this isn’t some deep-seated lack of faith in humanity – it’s fact. Research shows only eight percent of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolutions. This failure has, unfortunately, become so comically commonplace that it’s expected.

The question is, why? Read more