Tina Simecek

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7 Habits of Highly Productive People (That Anyone Can Implement in Less Than 30 Days) | Inc.com

We seem to have a productivity problem in America. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, productivity has consistently been down over the past year, with no gains from quarter to quarter until recently: the third quarter of 2016 marks the first increase in measured productivity this …

Why Some People Get Burned Out and Others Don’t

Stress and burnout are not the same thing. And while we know that stress often leads to burnout, it’s possible to handle the onslaught of long hours, high pressure, and work crises in a way that safeguards you from the emotional exhaustion, cynicism, and a lack of confidence in one’s abilities that …

Have We Been Thinking About Willpower the Wrong Way for 30 Years?

Not so long ago, my post-work routine looked like this: After a particularly grueling day, I’d sit on the couch and veg for hours, doing my version of “Netflix and chill,” which meant keeping company with a pint of ice cream. Even though I knew that eating ice cream and sitting for a long time were …

Why (and How) HR Needs to Act More Like Marketing

At this point, we all know that company culture plays a pivotal role in companies hurtling into out digital transformations. This is particularly true for the marketing department, which is changing at such a break-neck pace that marketing success now depends heavily on support from HR to identify …

How to Transform Complex Data Into Understandable and Shareable Visuals

Scott Berinato is the senior editor of Harvard Business Review and author of Good Charts: The HBR Guide to Making Smarter, More Persuasive Data …

Keep Employees from Leaving by Emphasizing Teamwork

An entrepreneurial society is one in which innovation and new business creation are, as Peter Drucker put it, “an integral, life-sustaining activity” across organizations and the economy. There’s no question we live in such a society today, and the impact has been mostly positive.<p>However, we can’t …

How to Make Better Decisions with Less Data

Maria, an executive in financial services, stared at another calendar invite in Outlook that would surely kill three hours of her day. Whenever a tough problem presented itself, her boss’s knee-jerk response was, “Collect more data!” Maria appreciated her boss’s analytical approach, but as the …

Quantifying Your Company’s Emotional Culture

Managers tend to view emotions as something “soft” that can’t really be measured. But you can — and should — track emotions quantitatively, the same way you’d track employees’ other attitudes and behaviors: through surveys. There’s a key difference in approach, however.<p>In a survey we’ve used in …

Better Service, Faster: A Design Thinking Case Study

On February 14, 2014, Stanford students Elizabeth Woodson and Saul Gurdus drove a rented Winnebago to the San Mateo office of the Golden Gate Regional Center (GGRC), where they greeted eight curious GGRC staff members.<p>GGRC provides services and financial support to people with developmental …

Change Management and Leadership Development Have to Mesh

Leadership development and change management tend to be top priorities for many organizations. In spite of this, a majority of organizations tend to fall far short of their goals for both. One major reason organizations struggle is because they treat both leadership development and change …

Why “Company Culture” Is a Misleading Term

Kenneth Andersson for HBR<p>A great deal of ink has been spent over the past thirty years or so on the idea of corporate or organizational culture. Back in the 1980’s, I picked up a now-famous book, Thomas J. Peters and Robert H. Waterman’s <i>In Search of Excellence</i>, that praised the unique management …

Is the End of GE Capital Good News for Ecomagination?

GE recently announced that it would sell off most of GE Capital, ending a decades-long experiment with becoming more about money and less about industrial manufacturing (for most of the last 15 years, the capital side of the business contributed nearly half the company’s earnings).<p>Most of the …

A Working from Home Experiment Shows High Performers Like It Better

Marissa Mayer’s move to ban working from home at Yahoo in 2013 caused a media firestorm over the costs and benefits of this rapidly growing practice. People lined up to defend both sides of the argument: Do work-from-home (WFH) policies encourage employees to “shirk from home” or are they an …

Conquer Your To-Do List with Your Phone

Whether you have an effective way of managing your tasks or if you’ve never been able to get the right tool for the job, making smarter use of your smart phone can make your life a lot easier.<p>Phone-based task management is effective because it helps with three challenges: capturing tasks before …