September 15, 2021

Weekly Report 21-68

MULTI-TASKING CAN ADVERSELY AFFECT PRODUCTIVITY. “Trying to do multiple things simultaneously, like calls or messaging while reviewing or editing reports, usually results in busywork, causing mental overload and reducing efficiency. ‘Parallel processing’ doesn’t exist, since our brains are simply not designed for it. Instead, they switch back & forth from task to task filtering out... Continue
September 10, 2021

Weekly Report 21-67

BEING THE BEARER OF BAD NEWS IS NEVER FUN, especially if it results from one’s action or inaction. A few tips to at least lessen the stress on yourself, and hopefully the recipient: (1) Fess up and don’t procrastinate delivery, while they get the news late and/or from someone else; (2) consider an advance warning... Continue
September 9, 2021

Weekly Report 21-66

EMPLOYEE MOTIVATION, PRODUCTIVITY AND RETENTION ARE IMPACTED BY UNCERTAINTY, especially when any substantive changes in business structure or routine are anticipated. Effective leaders anticipate that risk and take steps to: (1) Ensure advance communication and encourage collaboration, so that employees hear facts before rumors and are enabled to ask questions; (2) Anticipate their personally perceived... Continue
August 27, 2021

Weekly Report 21-64

UNMET EXPECTATIONS ARE AMONG THE BIGGEST REASONS PEOPLE ARE UNHAPPY, “since we project what’s important to ourselves onto others. This emotional reaction is usually triggered by a feeling that our Value system has been violated” and key reasons this results include: (1) Failing to have clarified and clearly communicated our expectations & priorities, especially since... Continue
August 27, 2021

Weekly Report 21-65

THE PRINCIPAL IMPEDIMENT TO OPTIMAL DECISION MAKING is tendency for ‘quick response’ to the immediate choices presented, without having all information really necessary to make a fully-informed best choice. “Overcoming blind spots requires nuanced perspective on potential risks and opportunities, to increase chances for making better-than-worse decisions… So, strategies used by effective negotiators and mediators... Continue