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Unhappy at work

Everyone does some time wasting behaviour but when does it seriously get in the way of good outcomes and productivity? Time wasting behaviour is habitual and is often done because ‘it’s the way we’ve always done it’ or ‘it gets the job done’. Could it be done better and quicker though?...


Employees gossiping to each other

We all know them, the space invaders, the time suckers, the creepy too friendly people at work. They waste your time, make you feel uncomfortable and make you say and do things you don’t want to. A lot of people have issues with setting and maintaining boundaries with others. Boundaries are the physical, mental and emotion ‘line’ between us and other people.


Objections from employees at the desk

The ability to elegantly handle objections is a key success strategy in the workplace. It is not easy to do though as the objections are often about things we care about - either at work or personally. Because we care about them (probably more than the other person) we are more likely to respond with our emotions rather than logic. Here are some ways to handle objections without arguing or getting defensive - and more likely to get you a good outcome.


wasting time sitting in a bar

Time sometimes really does seem to slip away? We lose time often not because we are busy doing something important, but because our mind is stuck in it’s naughty bad habits. If you can identify your habitual time wasters and change them even just a little bit, you will free up more thinking time, more energy and the ability to get a lot more done. Here are a few top time wasters and how to address them:


employees discuss strategy

Is is that time of year again? Time to organise the team away day or strategy day. To be successful Strategy Days need to generate ideas, be done in an environment that stimulates freedom of thought and involve the right people. Without a clear plan and enough structure you cannot have a successful strategy day.


post it notes

Can you get things done better and faster by actually slowing down? Speed has many benefits but also some drawbacks in that speedy decisions can be less thought through and have unintended consequences that can take you by surprise, wasting time, money and energy later. Instead, consider trying out some of these strategies:


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