Science of Thinking

Are You Productive or Just Busy?

In our fast-paced world we’re all busy, to the point where we spend time we swear we don’t have to complain about how busy we are. At the same time, “busy-ness” feels good because it seems like we’re getting stuff done. The question is, are we getting done what we need to get done day…

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How To Fail At Cultural Change

According to the human capital research firm I4CP, more than half of the surveyed companies had recently or are currently undergoing a major cultural change. Unfortunately, less than 15% rated the change initiative as highly successful and only 1 in 25 said the venture was very highly successful. Not exactly what I would call a…

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GBG: The Positive Acronym that Works

OMG! Acronyms – the practice of abbreviating words or short phrases using the initial letters of each word – have been around hundreds or thousands of years, depending on who you believe. As often happens, there are multiple sources on the Internet about the origin and early use of acronyms, and none of them agree. One…

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Solo-Tasking to Win

  Many moons ago I wrote a blog about the dangers of multi-tasking – how it robs us of our creativity, makes us less efficient, and raises our stress levels. At the time, the business world was starting to recognize that the constant digital interruptions from email, cell phones and social media were not simplifying…

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Balancing the Big Picture and the Details

By Holly G. Green, CEO, The Human Factor, Inc. Every business needs two very different types of people to succeed over the long term or people with two, often contrary skill sets – big-picture thinkers and those who focus on the details. Big picture people live at the 30,000-foot level, constantly exploring possibilities and potential to…

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Building a Culture of Accountability

    Imagine a business where the right things consistently get done on time, most of the time (nobody’s perfect). Where people regularly follow up on what they say they’re going to do. Where everyone in the organization – from senior leadership to front-line employees – are expected to uphold commitments to each other and to…

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Is Winning a Secret in Your Organization?

It feels really good  to win – in business as well as sports and almost any other endeavor. We all know winning when we see it or feel it. It’s that moment of excitement and exhilaration. It’s the urge to jump in the air and pump our fists; to give high-fives to our teammates. It’s…

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Get More Done – Interrupt Your Interruptions

If you’re feeling the need for more peace and quiet these days, you’re not alone. One of the latest trends sweeping the business world is the “pod” – a small, free-standing soundproof space that can comfortably hold one or two people.  If you look around, you’ll notice them sprouting up in offices, airports and other…

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What You Can Learn from Playing With Your Brain

The human brain is a remarkable organ. As anyone who reads my blog knows, I’m a big proponent of playing with it. First of all, it’s a lot of fun. The human brain is inquisitive by nature, and it enjoys finding answers and solving problems. This is especially true with ‘brain teasers,’ questions that are…

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Leading Cultural Change

  Is your organization currently going through (or recently undergone) a major cultural transformation? If so, you’re like more than half (56.8%) the organizations that participated in a survey by I4CP, a leading human capital research firm. On the one hand, I’m surprised to see the number that high. After all, transformational change is really…

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Winning in 2019: Thriving in the Age of Uncertainty

As we look ahead to the coming year, a few words sum up what business leaders can expect in 2019 – more chaos and uncertainty. With the Democrats having won the House of Representatives, the political environment will likely become more contentious and dysfunctional. Tariff wars are driving raw material costs higher. Interest rates and…

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The Simple Approach to Employee Engagement

  News flash! Creating an engaged workforce where employees bring all their skill, talent, passion and energy to work every day isn’t rocket science. It doesn’t involve brain surgery. And you don’t need a Ph.D. in human resources development. Which leads to the question, if employee engagement is so simple, why do so many companies…

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