Part 1: How To Boost Productivity Through Intrinsic Motivation

15Five

There are studies that show how to achieve greater productivity through intrinsic motivation, but most organizations fail to put this into practice. Best-Self Management best-self management boost productivity employee motivation employee performance intrinsic motivation

NY-Toronto Law Firm KM Summit 2008 in Boston

Knowledge Musings

Doug Cornelius asked me to participate in the NY-Toronto Law Firm KM Summit 2008, which for some reason was held in Boston this year. I mentioned a recent post from a product management blogger talking about using social media to find new customers. That was The next frontier of finding prospects by Paul Young on Product Beautiful This is a group of lawyers (primarily) who are very interested in knowledge management in the legal profession.

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Fear: Does your organization have the Courage to invest in tough times?

Josh Bersin

You can’t pick up a newspaper these days without reading about more business downturns, layoffs, and lowered expectations for retail sales, automobiles, consumer products, housing, and. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management.

Strive for Higher Levels of Productivity

Reviewsnap

Employee productivity is one of the most important factors in overall profitability. When employees are highly productive, products and services are sold at a faster rate, overtime is reduced, staffing is kept lean and the customer is more satisfied. Productivity is often overlooked as a key variable in enhancing profitability. Productivity is directly related to the quality of employees hired and the management of those employees.

How to create products customers love

Knowledge Musings

I attended a webinar by Marty Cagan of the Silicon Valley Product Group, where he discussed some a "top ten" elements from his new book, Inspired: How to Create Products Customers Love. He started out by reiterating the highlight of his webinar from March : The job of the product manager is to discover a product that is valuable , usable and feasible. Create a product strategy so you know what you're trying to achieve. What do you want the product to be?

The Bamboo Project Blog: What Are You Doing to Invest in Yourself?

The Bamboo Project Blog

Flickr photo via wonderwebby November 25, 2008 in career , Career Management 2.0 , empowerment , professional development | Permalink TrackBack TrackBack URL for this entry: [link] Listed below are links to weblogs that reference What Are You Doing to Invest in Yourself?

Avoiding "SpeedFit" Syndrome

The Bamboo Project Blog

It's a product video for a treadmill that "walks/runs" the streets while you're treading on it. This video cracks me up. Because apparently it's too hard to just walk or run ON the street.

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Make The Most of Your Assets

Reviewsnap

ReviewSNAP™ will put a review process in place that will save time, save money, increase sales and profits, enhance employee productivity and morale, and achieve levels never before reached.

6 Steps to Mapping Your Goals

Transparent Office

Overcome obstacles at work in product or service delivery. Note: This is a guest post from @Stephen, editor of Business Development in Context and a co-founder of the work.life.creativity forum. You can follow him on Twitter at @hdbb_stephen.

Blogging for Learning: Blog Challenges

Boxes and Arrows

or “What’s the best way to sell XYZ product?&#. This week we’re exploring various strategies for using a blog to support personal and formal learning as part of the Work Literacy course’s focus on blogging. Today we’re going to discuss running a blog challenge.

McAfee on Widening the Flow

Transparent Office

» January 22, 2008 McAfee on Widening the Flow HBSs Andrew McAfee recently blogged on " widening the flow " Building on my distinction between in-the-flow and above-the-flow , McAfee argues eloquently that the organizational benefit of Enterprise 2.0

The Bamboo Project Blog: The Social Media Spiral

The Bamboo Project Blog

Here's another view of this kind of knowledge and sense-making, using a spiral: [link] Posted by: Harold Jarche | January 13, 2008 at 10:06 AM I think you're completely on track here. Posted by: Shannon Ritter | January 13, 2008 at 11:23 AM Shannon has it.

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Employee Awards That Don’t Cost a Lot of Money

Transparent Office

A "You increased productivity by 10% because of the new method of tracking orders” is far more impactful than "You did a great job this day/week/month/year.” Work this specificity into the award some way. It shouldn't cost you a bunch of money to thank your team for a job well done.

Employee Awards That Don’t Cost a Lot of Money

Transparent Office

A "You increased productivity by 10% because of the new method of tracking orders” is far more impactful than "You did a great job this day/week/month/year.” Work this specificity into the award some way. It shouldn't cost you a bunch of money to thank your team for a job well done.

Starting a Product Management Manifesto

Knowledge Musings

A couple weeks ago Adam Bullied put together an initial draft of The Product Management Manifesto. His basic definition / philosophy of product management is. Product management is the function of serving as a proxy to a defined set of markets (or market segments), in order to be able to ensure appropriate product creation, and ongoing product health and quality for those markets throughout a product’s entire lifecycle, until end of life.

Negative Online Behavior is a Product of Culture, Not Your Social Media Tools: What I’m Learning from the Work Literacy Course

The Bamboo Project Blog

One member of the community was clearly there to sell a product. When I saw how this person was interacting, I was at first tempted to say something, especially when he posted an event to do a webinar on his product. It’s a product of organizational culture.

Poaching Passive Job Seekers with a Business Card

Transparent Office

It’s also a culture of innovation, and some really cool products. The Unofficial Apple Weblog reports Apple’s newest way of hiring great employees is by poaching them from other companies. A business card Apple’s recruiters give out says simply: You’re amazing.

Dealing with The Tyranny of Now

The Bamboo Project Blog

In 2008, I asked my employer for a 30-hour work week and was stunned and blessed when they said yes. Tags: productivity Last week I wrote a post about the "Tyranny of Now" --the always-on society we live in and how we're pressured to monitor and respond to it 24/7. I got a lot of great advice and comments on it that deserve to be elevated to a post.

Now there are four levels of engagement

Knowledge Musings

Through a tortured path, I came to July 2008 Gartner analysis of future trends, specifically on the future of work and "Generation Virtual." Review a product. Read product reviews.

81: Rethinking Work, Productivity, and Engagement in the Modern Workplace

UpstartHR

ROWE stands for “results only work environment,” and it has been around for some time (the first book, Why Work Sucks, was published in 2008). . “People don’t want flexibility. they want complete control over their time.” ” Today, we keep hearing that flexible work is the way to go. People want it. They crave it. . Yet in today’s episode of We’re Only Human, Ben talks with Jodi Thompson, creator of the ROWE movement.

Dealing with The Tyranny of Now

The Bamboo Project Blog

In 2008, I asked my employer for a 30-hour work week and was stunned and blessed when they said yes. Last week I wrote a post about the "Tyranny of Now" --the always-on society we live in and how we're pressured to monitor and respond to it 24/7. I got a lot of great advice and comments on it that deserve to be elevated to a post.

Dealing with The Tyranny of Now

The Bamboo Project Blog

In 2008, I asked my employer for a 30-hour work week and was stunned and blessed when they said yes. Last week I wrote a post about the "Tyranny of Now" --the always-on society we live in and how we're pressured to monitor and respond to it 24/7. I got a lot of great advice and comments on it that deserve to be elevated to a post.

Mr. Tim Wright: July’s Order of the Golden Slacker Inductee

Transparent Office

In addition you can read Tim’s ProsperiTee blog on ideas, experiences, and observations to help individuals and organizations explore spirituality in a personally productive way. The Order of the Golden Slackers: July 2008: Tim Wright. June 2008: Tom Peters. May 2008: Leo Baubuta. April 2008: Steve Roesler. March 2008: Rocky Noe. February 2008: Harvey Schachter. January 2008: Wayne Tunnel. The July Golden Slacker: Tim Wright.

Does A Shorter Workweek Boost Workplace Productivity?

Career Metis

Over 100 years later, selective household names are pushing the tide towards a shorter working week with no decrease in pay to test if this boosts productivity and improves wellbeing. The post Does A Shorter Workweek Boost Workplace Productivity?

Personal Productivity - is that what I really want

Knowledge Musings

Matt Cornell has a nice piece on The real reasons for the modern productivity movement that he sums up with. Productivity is neither a cult nor a fad. Is personal productivity the end goal, or is it just a piece of the larger puzzle. Productivity is one element of helping me get there. But if I am "productive" in the wrong area, then the satisfaction isn't going to be terribly deep.

Spreading the Word: 300 Blogs I Encourage You to Read

Transparent Office

Productivity in Context. I admit it, I am addicted to good blogs. by David Zinger. We do not use an extensive blog-roll on Slacker Manager. I published the list of blogs I follow on my site: www.davidzinger.com. There was such a positive response with people finding new blogs or rediscovering old blogs that I decided there was good value to offer this list to you. Happy Reading! AAA Employee Engagement Network. Absotively Integration Blog. acidlabs. Adam Salamon. Alex Shalman.

Annual Subscription or Licensed Software

Reviewsnap

However, we are considering offering ReviewSNAP as a licensed product as well. Currently ReviewSNAP is offered as a annual subscription Web-based performance review system. So, rather than subscribing on an annual basis you will pay a one time fee and ReviewSNAP will be hosted on your server. Our question is which option would your company prefer? We would appreciate any feedback you have to offer.

4 Solution Areas

Transparent Office

marketing materials, the latest product specs) from Marketing and Product Development. Out in the field, reps are constantly gathering critical information about customers, competitors, and channel partners which needs to be bubble up to the center to inform product design and messaging. Most reps do not have a single place to go where they can reliably find the most recent product and marketing materials.

Socialtext People is in-the-Flow!

Transparent Office

Socialtext announced two major product announcements today: Socialtext People and Socialtext Dashboard. It's a networking tool that integrates with Socialtext wikis where people are doing their in-the-flow work: posting messages, drafting meeting agendas, taking notes, documenting processes, spec'ing products, and so on. I'm excited about Dashboard, but People really rocks my world.

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Brokerage and Closure

Transparent Office

Closure is all about improving the productivity and connectedness of existing groups and relationships--collaborating in-the-flow. Some time ago, I blogged about the difference between in-the-flow and above-the-flow uses of wikis and social software more broadly.

ReviewSNAP™ Announces New Features

Reviewsnap

These additional features will help organizations make their performance review process even more effective and productive. Streamlining this process can cut an organization’s expenses, ensure more timely reviews, and improve morale and productivity which should help enhance the bottom line. The Web-based performance management system, ReviewSNAP™, announces the addition of several new modules.

Invest Wisely In Information Technology

Reviewsnap

Software vendors are notorious for selling product with promises that don''t get met. The rate of change in information technology is staggering. It seems that as soon as you purchase and install a new piece of hardware or software, its replacement is hitting the market. This is one reason why using a Web-based performance review system, such as ReviewSNAP , would be highly beneficial.

An Introduction To Building Effective Teams

Reviewsnap

Remember that, in general, high morale = high productivity. Your goal is to increase productivity and performance through enhanced employee satisfaction. A manager''s role has changed dramatically over the past 10 to 15 years. This change stems from the realization that old management techniques and styles are no longer effective given the changes taking place in peoples'' attitudes about work.

The Struggle Between Efficiency and Effectiveness

Reviewsnap

When technology is allowed to drive the business, things tend to get forced to fit and the customer, productivity and employee morale with often suffer. Business books, magazines and newsletters are full of recommendations about becoming more efficient. They talk at length about the importance of the bottom line and incremental gains from reengineering and total quality efforts. And they talk about how technology can provide a real boost in efficiency.

Obama or McCain: Charismatic or Traditional Leadership

Transparent Office

During times of uncertainty and upheaval, Charismatic Leadership is effective at restoring hope and productivity.

How to Stay Productive with the Kids at Home

Thrive Global

How, we asked, will we stay productive with the kids home? Manage expectations – Let your boss and/or team know what’s happening and that your productivity will likely take a hit. Download his free productivity blueprint. Take his productivity assessment.

MyBusinessBooks Releases Marketing Plan Manual

Reviewsnap

Price your products to maximize margins and volume. Define an advertising and promotion plan that positions your company and products appropriately. Written by marketing professionals who understand how to think strategically and develop plans that differentiate one company and its products from the competition, The Marketing Plan Manual is widely used by organizations of all types and sizes. MyBusinessBooks has just released our new Marketing Plan Manual!

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Automate Your Performance Review Process

Reviewsnap

Evaluating employee performance is an important part of providing clear feedback, improving morale and productivity,increasing accountability, and enhancing communication between the manager and the employee. Using a web-based solution to automate the process is a growing trend among organizations of all sizes and types. ReviewSNAP™ provides an automated, web-based solution for conductingyour employee evaluations and for documenting performance on anongoing basis.

Employees and Profits

Reviewsnap

While product/service offered, the economy and a little luck often play into the success of the business, it is people that determine its long-term success. They then compound that problem by retaining employees who have little or no chance of being productive. Success in business is almost entirely dependent upon the quality of the people a business employs. Those that hire and promote people who fit their jobs well and are considered high performers tend to do well.

Don't Make Pricing Concessions Too Quickly

Reviewsnap

But it is very common for those responsible for pricing products and services to underprice them such that significant money is essentially lost in the process. Without any guidelines or limits, some sales reps could essentially be giving product away. If your business is one where sales reps or others have latitude in negotiating price with customers, establish floors for gross profit and train them to negotiate effectively.