Productivity

The Bike-Shed Effect

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COURSE OVERVIEW

Solving difficult problems is hard work - and often, individuals and teams can fall into the trap of Bike-Shedding - that is to say, focusing on trivial things at the expense of more important things. Learn how to recognize the signs of Bike-Shedding and what to do about it.

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KEY CONCEPTS

  • The case of the nuclear power plant and a bike shed

  • Parkinson’s Law of Triviality

  • Bike-shedding at its finest (worst)

  • How to invoke the Bike-Shed metaphor

  • How to stop Bike-Shedding

  • How to tackle difficult tasks efficiently

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Discuss how Parkinson’s Law of Triviality shows up at your work space

  • Learn and practice tools to identify and prevent bike-shedding

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More Effective Meetings (Part 1)

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

This module examines the financial and logistical cost of conducting ineffective meetings as well as offers tools and insights on how to conduct more effective meetings.

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KEY CONCEPTS

  • Time is an organization’s scarcest – and most often
    squandered – resource

  • Group assessment of meeting quality

  • Profile of most effective meetings

  • What research reveals about meetings across a wide

    range of industries

  • Meeting cost calculator

  • Introduce tool: Meeting Eliminator

  • How to have an engaging meeting

  • Video & Summary: Why Work Doesn’t Happen at Work

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More Effective Meetings (Part 2)

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Two factors determine whether your meetings are saving or costing you money: what gets done in the meeting and the energy and focus your team feels after the meeting. Unfortunately, meetings can be one of the most misused tools in a company’s arsenal.

With this module, you will explore two aspects of meeting etiquette that bear directly on the quality of your meetings: respect for people’s time and attention. Learn how to get the most out of meetings by eliminating them where possible and channeling them when necessary. Through the use of some comical examples, poignant object lessons, and breakout exercises, discover where your team thrives and what they need.

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KEY CONCEPTS

  • Explore how the thoughtful use of time and attention can improve the quality and reduced quantity of your meetings.

  • Comical example of meeting attendees attitudes and behaviors.

  • Discuss what a good meeting looks like for your team.

  • See what industry leaders say about what organizers and participants can do to make the most of their time in meetings.

  • Experience a powerful object lesson on distraction and attention.

  • Useful tools you can use today to improve your meetings.

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High Performance

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

High performing organizations understand the vital role of cooperation, coordination, and strong systems. This course helps teams identify areas where they can strengthen alignment, identify vital behaviors that contribute to operational excellence, and what’s needed to succeed. High performance not only signals strong teamwork, it embodies it.

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KEY CONCEPTS

  • Team/coordination object lesson

  • An historical look at operational efficiency

  • Then & now; what’s needed to succeed

  • Diagnose breakdown in performance

  • Clarify vital behaviors to close performance gaps

  • Achieve team alignment

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The Psychology of Being Organized

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COURSE OVERVIEW

This module explores science-backed research that shows what happens to performance and productivity when we’re organized. This training uses fast-paced group exercises, inspirational concepts and focused tools to bring the point home.

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KEY CONCEPTS

  • Being messy isn’t just about manners, it’s about your brain

  • Structure sets you free

  • Tools for an organized mind

  • How your cognitive load weighs you down

  • Improving workflow structure

  • How organization affects efficiency

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Experience, then characterize the cognitive drag of being disorganized (exercise)

  • Learn and apply the 4 Keys to Organization

  • Construct personal workflow based on organizational preferences

 
 

Delegation

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Letting go of certain tasks can be difficult - but it’s necessary if teams and business is to grow. In this module, explore some easy-to-implement methods of delegation with your team and watch your time and productivity multiply.

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KEY CONCEPTS

  • What industry leaders have to say about delegation

  • Signs your team is not delegating enough

  • What delegation isn’t

  • Delegation self-assessment

  • Understand the return on time invested (in delegating)

  • Delegation decision tree

  • Group exercise that helps team uncover better ways of delegating

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Priority Management

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

John Maxwell observed that “Priority management is the answer to maximizing the time you have.” In this course, discover some key factors that maximize our available time and those that minimize it. Also, discover some valuable insights and tools on how to evaluate and prioritize tasks.

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KEY CONCEPTS

  • Discover activities and mindsets that sap focus, time, and productivity

  • Discuss common errors in judgement that contribute to wasting time and misuse priorities

  • Explore a method to evaluate the merits of tasks and how to prioritize them

  • Learn how to use The Focus Funnel

  • 5 Tips for Better Use of Time

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What Happens When You Pay Attention

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Filled with quick & powerful object lessons, this module illustrates the drag effect of context switching and its cost to productivity. What’s more, we explore what happens to the nature and quality of our contributions when we’re fully engaged.

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KEY CONCEPTS

  • The shortening human attention span

  • Lack of focus is expensive

  • The Good News: focus is a muscle

  • Improving your focus

  • Stroop Test

  • What’s dividing our attention?

  • Weapons of Mass Distraction

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Managing Dynamic Priorities

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Do members of your team recognize the signs of thrashing? If left unchecked, organizations can find themselves with a chronic time famine; always busy but never enough time to get anything done. In this course, learn the general signs and symptoms of thrashing, then dig deeper and discover your teams silent symptoms and what tod o about it.

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KEY CONCEPTS

  • Managing dynamic priorities

  • How thrashing is killing your productivity

  • Signs & symptoms of thrashing

  • Conduct a thrashing root cause analysis

  • Determine corrective actions

  • Automate, delegate, or delete

  • The sure way to fail

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The Trouble with Multitasking

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COURSE OVERVIEW

This module sheds light on some rather common mistakes and faulty thinking that lead to multi-tasking.  In this presentation you’ll demonstrate quick and powerful object lessons to illustrate the mental drag of context switching and its cost to productivity.

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KEY CONCEPTS

  • To do two things at once is to do neither (Syrus)

  • It’s easy to confuse being busy with being productive

  • The culprit: faulty thinking

  • Demonstration of fast and slow thinking (object lesson)

  • The cost of context switching

  • What’s really happening

  • Tools for mono-tasking

  • Understand the barriers to switching tasks

    • Recognize multi-tasking feels like productivity

    • Identify, eliminate, & manage distractions

    • Learn to filter priorities

    • Focused time allocation

    • Helpful responses to the unexpected

  • Group discussion on ways to better mono-task

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Understand the cognitive gap associated with context switching

  • Develop plan to identify, eliminate and/or manage distractions

 

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