57 Shares Want to use Siri to manage appointments in third-party calendars? Learn how to do that with Google Calendar Sync.
New employees are often lavishly courted, persistently pursued, and even occasionally cajoled by hiring organizations, especially if they have rare, unique, or high-demand skills or experience. But once they’re inside the door…watch out! Often, the corporate indoctrination machine takes over despite the best intentions of an organization and new employees are left to the firehose tour of policies, personal benefits forms, nondisclosure agreements, and the process of orientation. Even in organizations with effective mentoring programs, new employees are often assumed to know the following nine points and are never actually told them. ... More »
While good assistants can free us from routine office operations and guard our schedules, great assistants can accomplish routine non-supervisory work normally performed by a manager or executive, freeing us to focus on higher-level tasks. SEE ALSO: Four Effective Natural Stress Remedies For those of us fortunate enough to have great assistants, we know how significantly they can improve our effectiveness. I’ve been blessed to have two incredibly great assistants, and while each has moved on to positions of greater responsibility, their contributions remain with me. High Payoff Contributions The following four... More »
Are you beyond tired of sitting through endless successions of meetings, with no time between to organize your thoughts and capture follow-on actions? Much is made about shorter meetings, having no formal meetings at all, making everyone stand so they stay focused in shorter daily or weekly meetings, and myriad other ways to make people more effective via quirky or gimmicky techniques. Several articles have appeared here on Lifehack recently about improving meeting productivity overall, and Chris Brogan’s Nail Meetings Down Tight and Take Your Laundry Off The Line are two great... More »
54 Shares Have you ever been stuck as a customer in a large structure that functions like a black hole for cellular and broadband wifi? If you have, you know the fury-inducing helplessness that accompanies being cut off from instantaneous access to whatever data you want. If you own or manage any business that has a captive audience for more than a few minutes, this article is directed at you in hopes of aiding in the reduction of your clients’ stress and the enhancement of your customer service reputation. I’ve written several articles previously... More »
294 Shares How often do you begin your day with this thought: “Ugh. I’m too tired for this. I wish I could get settled before the nonstop hassles start?” How often do you end your day with a thought like: “I’m exhausted…I can’t remember what I accomplished today, but I feel like I slogged uphill carrying my desk?” For many of us, the answer is “far too often”. There are many things that could contribute to those feelings, and many are beyond our control – immediate or otherwise. However, there are several things we... More »