Bob Ryan

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AI Is Here to Help You Write Emails People Will Actually Read

Looking for an artificial intelligence that can write all your email messages so you don’t have to? Too bad. That dream is still years away. But in …

Email

Successful Remote Workers Share Their Productivity Secrets

Remote working means we no longer have to choose between a career and travel. Improved efficiency and lower stress mean it can be a winner for employers too. But just how do you stay productive while working on the move?<p>Remote working is far more accessible to both employees and the self employed …

Apple News

5 Things You Can Do At Home To Improve Your Life At Work

Don't underestimate the power of small things done at home to impact success on the job.<p>We all want to find happiness at work and at home, but 24% of U.S. employees say the balancing act is getting tougher to manage, according to a study by Ernst & Young (EY). That’s because work is spilling into …

Health

Organized Project Board

Managing a household, blog, family, and finances can be difficult at times. I constantly try to prioritize and multitask, as do most moms. Using a …

Personal Organizing

Brainstorm Better With This Simple Card Game, From Obama's Campaign Designers

Cards Against Humanity for brainstorming is here.<p>Brainstorming is dumb. Oh, sure, it sounds good: an open forum for ideas to bounce off one another in a democratic group sesh where everyone's views and opinions are considered equally. In reality, though, the best ideas lose out to the loudest ideas …

Cards Against Humanity

What Great Office Design Actually Looks Like

Design

Why Your Children's Commute Won't Look Anything Like Yours

If you walked down a city street and asked people what made them happy, it would be a safe bet that the word “commute” wouldn’t appear in any of the …

Science

10 Skills That Are Hard To Learn But Can Hugely Benefit You In The Long-Term

They say that the best things in life are free, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t take time, dedication, and commitment. When it comes to learning …

Time Management

A sleep specialist shares 5 tips for getting better rest on a work night

It's a Tuesday night and you're in bed with your laptop, your iPhone buzzing from the nightstand.<p>You have to be up for work in six hours, but this fact is quickly lost among the thousand other thoughts running through your mind.<p>If this scenario seems familiar, you're not alone. More than a third of …

Sleep

Here’s Why Your Team Meetings Suck

Team meetings suck, but they are a must — both internally and externally — for most businesses.<p>Google “meetings” and you’ll find that many articles …

Management

70-20-10: Origin, Research, Purpose

This is a re-post of an article by Cal Wick of Fort Hill. The original is on the 70-20 Blog site. There are a few observations from me at the …

25 signs layoffs are coming

In my career as a journalist, I've lived through two rounds of mass layoffs.<p>While I didn't see either of them coming, hindsight is always 20/20, and I now have a much better sense for when the tides are changing.<p>To get a better understanding of the signs that layoffs are coming, I polled others …

Layoffs

Study Says Your Trendy Open Office Is Bad For Productivity

A new study from Oxford Economics confirms what many already know: open offices lower both employee output and employee morale.<p>Working in an …

Productivity

Strategy 2.0 or How Business Needs to Accept the Hard Facts on the Power of Soft Skills

<i>Stephen Boidock, Director of Social Media, Drumroll</i><p>Business evolves. Just like music or fashion or any other industry, it grows and adapts with time to meet the demands of the economy, marketplace and consumer tastes. And if business is evolving, so too should the methods we use. The traditional, …

Management

Running makes you smarter - here's how

As far back as the Greeks and Romans, humans have documented the belief that there is a strong link between exercise and intelligence. But in the …

Neuroscience

Nice Cargo Shorts! You're Sleeping on the Sofa

Dane Hansen, who operates a small steel business in Pleasant Grove, Utah, says that throughout his 11-year marriage, 15 pairs of cargo shorts have slowly disappeared from his closet. On the occasions when he has confronted his wife about the missing shorts, she will either admit to throwing them …

Abercrombie & Fitch

9 Ways to Create a Workspace That Enhances Your Productivity

Whether you’re working from home or in an office, it’s important to feel comfortable at your workspace. Space can be tight and distractions may be plentiful, but a comfortable and inviting office increases productivity and efficiency in addition to boosting your moral.<p>Here are seven comfort tips to …

Productivity

One Thing I Did Last Year That Nearly Doubled My Productivity

It’s difficult to nail down an effective, efficient workflow. There are many things to take into account — your diet, your environment and immediate …

Productivity

Why Your Meetings Are a Waste of Time (and 4 Ways to Fix Them)

Are inefficient meetings taking up your workday? These four technology fixes will save your time and sanity.<p>Don't you love meetings? Being pulled away from your work the moment you've hit your stride, feigning patience while your coworkers go off on irrelevant tangents and helplessly watching as …

3 Ways to Use MOOCs to Advance Your Career

The vast majority of people who sign up for a MOOC—a massive open online course—never complete it. More than 50% consume less than half of the course’s content. This is wrongly viewed as evidence that MOOCs don’t work, that people are dropping off and not getting value. The assumption behind that …

Employment

How Birkenstock Stays In Vogue Without Selling Out

The comfort shoe company has found a way to jump on fashion trends while staying true to its loyal, lifelong customers.<p>"It happens every several years," says David Kahan, CEO of Birkenstock USA, the American division of the German company. "The planets line up and Birkenstocks become fashionable …

The 18 apps you should use every day to be more productive

Apps are more powerful than ever, but it's hard to know which ones will waste your time and which ones will save it.<p>That's why we've assembled a list of apps that will make you more productive, and take away some of the stress from your life.<p>From fan favorites to cutting-edge newcomers, these apps …

Note-Taking

Best Google Employee Benefits to Increase Productivity

Working for <b>Google</b> (now Alphabet Inc.) develops a status, but the perks you get with the job sweeten the deal even more. Silicon Valley, known for …

Human Resources

In depth: Take a step inside the classroom of tomorrow

Inside the classroom of tomorrowWhen you cast your mind back to the days of school, you probably think of dusty textbooks, graffiti and chewing gum, …

Teaching

Why the 8-Hour Workday Doesn't Work

The 8-hour workday is an outdated and ineffective approach to work. If you want to be as productive as possible, you need to let go of this relic and find a new approach.<p>The 8-hour workday was created during the industrial revolution as an effort to cut down on the number of hours of manual labor …

Productivity

This is why good employees quit

It’s tough to hold on to good employees, but it shouldn’t be. Most of the mistakes that companies make are easily avoided. When you do make mistakes, …

Human Resources

The Way We Learn Today Is Just Wrong

Over 155 million Americans play video games, and spend upwards of 3 billion hours per week engrossed in a game.<p>The way we learn today is just wrong.<p>Learning needs to be less like memorization, and more like… Angry Birds.<p>Half of school dropouts name boredom as the No. 1 reason they left.<p>How do we …

Artificial Intelligence

Leadership Development: What Makes A Great Learning Manager?

Learning Manager. Talent Development Director. Human Resources Manager. No matter what your job title, it’s safe to say your responsibilities—and …

Leadership