Tom Rath is probably best known for his best-selling books, including StrengthsFinder, How Full is Your Bucket?, and Strengths Based Leadership, but he’s also a researcher who studies the role of human behavior in business, health, and well-being.
Many of Rath’s writings are based on the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment program, which seeks to identify people’s strengths, so they can utilize them to work, lead and live engaging careers and lives.
His writings have greatly influenced how I run my business, and how I work with my clients.
I’ve begun providing the StrengthsFinder assessment to my clients so that we can build a strategic growth programs based on their strengths.
Here are 10 great quotes from Tom that get to the heart of his philosophy and teachings: Continue reading “10 quotes by Tom Rath that will inspire you to find your strength”
For so many business people, there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get things done. In the past, those people would hire others to help with the workload. For a long time now, however, the trend has been to do more with fewer people.
The only way that will work, of course, is for workers to do more than one thing at a time. And that is how multitasking came to be so popular. A great many people began attributing their success in business to their talent for multi-tasking.
Acceptance of that idea, however, is not universal. In fact, according to small business publication Inc., “Multitasking is Killing Your Brain”. The article’s premise is that your brain wasn’t designed to multitask. Therefore, doing so will increase your stress, lower your efficiency and the quality of your work. Continue reading “Multitasking is killing your productivity. Here’s how to stop it.”
After working from a home office for most of the past fifteen years, it would be extremely hard for me to go back to a traditional office environment. But it wasn’t always that way. For the uninitiated, a home office can be full of distractions. It can also make it hard to turn it on/off and set boundaries between your work and personal life.
I’ve learned through trial and error how to maximize the productivity of my home office. Here are four tried-and-true lessons I’ve learned: Continue reading “4 proven ways to boost your productivity from your home office”
A recent study found that a messy desk may be the sign of genius.
While that may be true for some, I still hold to the old notion that a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind.
At the very least, time spent looking for something you need in your office is time that could have been used so much more productively. A few minutes here, a few minutes there, multiple times a day, every work day…it all adds up. And what it adds up to isn’t pretty. Continue reading “Workplace Clutter Could Be Killing Your Productivity. Here’s What You Should Do.”
While effective productivity is valued at most workplaces, it is absolutely crucial for startups and entrepreneurs.
Since time is money, the highest priority is getting things done on schedule, if not sooner. Nothing can fall through the cracks.
If you are going to hit the ground running every day, and get everything knocked out on time, you need to know how to work from the most powerfully effective to-do list every single day. Here are a few tips on how to create it and how to use it for maximum productivity. Continue reading “How to Make Sure Your To-Do List is Actually Helping You Get Things Done”