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Since the dawn of recorded history (and likely before), pundits and pontificators have warned of the promise and peril of new technologies. I recently had occasion to reflect on the dualistic nature of technology firsthand when faced with the dilemma of how to spend a few hours of free time the other evening.
Last month, David Brock, president of Partners in Excellence, published an excellent article titled A Frightening Look At the Cost Of a Sales Person. Brock recounted some statistics that should disturb senior sales executives, as well as their CEOs and CFOs.
I have spoken a number of times about small innovation being a big key to success in a fast moving society. While that’s true, we can’t ignore the fact that innovation, small or big, is not easy to achieve. Especially with distractions galore, it’s easy for productivity to jump the track.
Smart phones are always at hand; laptops and tablets help us work on the go; we are teleconferencing in the office; and in some cases technology has helped us do our jobs without ever leaving our homes. But are we getting more done? Very recently, Dell and Intel released their Global Evolving Workforce Study containing some very crucial insights.
Inspiring your employees or team members is a plight that a lot of business owners and managers have to struggle with daily. It’s the key to keeping the momentum going in the company, so that projects are not only completed, but in a way that is satisfactory. The key to motivating those under you is to set an example for them.
With more and more skilled labor striking out on their own as independent contractors and businesses de-centralizing and looking for talent in new ways, Apple underscores the importance of productivity by creating products that help make these individuals more productive at both home and work, with the promise of personal insight that makes managing work-life balance possible.
Commuting can take some important time out of your day - but thanks to technologies such as the cloud and mobile devices, we’re now able to take advantage of some great productivity tools to help keep our day going, wherever we are in the world.
After weeks and months at the same desk, it’s easy to feel out of ideas. In a job that requires fresh-thinking, creativity and inspiration, a new setting can spark productivity better than any program or time-management technique. Work outside, work in the lobby, (or if you’re lucky) work from home. A new environment can reinvigorate your work life and tap into unreached potential.