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Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.

- Peter Drucker

Action Stations: The Key Elements of Crisis Management




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7 Common Time-Wasters – and Ways to Weed Them Out




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Systems in Place: How to Smarten Up Your Smartphone




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Obstacle Course: Banning Behaviours that Block Productivity




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Make It Work: A Fresh Perspective on Productivity

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Hit Refresh: Now’s the Time for a Tidy-Up

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Do Your Homework: Why Even Minor Meetings Require Maximum Prep

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Proactive – or Pointless? Why Not Every Meeting Matters

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Agility Training: How to Adopt an Agile Working Approach

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Fast Forward: The Advantages of Agile Working

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Roll With It, Baby: Why Embracing Change is Essential

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Tools of the Trade Episode II: Why OneNote’s Won Us Over

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Why One Dodged Deadline Matters More Than You Think

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Cult of Personality Part II: How to Treat Your Team’s Traits

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How to prioritise when projects pile up

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Time Out or Burn Out? Your Call

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Use It or Lose It: The Importance of Pruning and Purging

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Constantly playing catch-up? Take time out for these tips.

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Being driven to distraction? Try focusing on this.

How many times have you been interrupted today?

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First Things First: How to Focus On What Matters

Managing to make progress on those new year’s plans? Or just managing?

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New Year, new resolutions. Are you ready?

Still hanging on to your post-holiday high?

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But wait – there’s (a tiny bit) more.

Starting to feel a little more jaded than jolly?

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Pre-Xmas Inbox Cull – or Post-Xmas Inbox Chaos? You Choose.

Is your inbox already inducing exhaustion?

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Plan. Purge. Prep. A Pre-Xmas Survival Guide (You’re Welcome).

Feeling more Christmas fear than Christmas cheer?

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Want to Work in the World’s Best Workplace? Work on Yourself First.

A re you crazy about your company? Or does it just drive you crazy? And if it’s the latter – what are you going to do about it?

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Eyes Off the Prize: Rethinking Your Route to Success

W e’re all pretty familiar with the importance of goal-setting, both in our personal and professional lives. But what if all the focus on a final result is actually causing us to under-achieve?

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Is Less Really More? How Working a 30-Hour Week Really Works

A 30-hour working week? What’s not to like, right?

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Digital Detox: Daring to Disconnect

T ime to ’fess up. Are you an after-hours email addict?

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Personal Perspectives on Productivity: Part III


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Personal Perspectives on Productivity: Part II

W e launched our new blog series on workplace productivity with an interview with John Campbell, the Group Manager for Business Improvement and Innovation for the New Zealand Customs Service. As we continue our series, we’d like to explore each of the questions we put to John in a little more detail. So this week we asked other executives what issues have the biggest impact on their workplace productivity. Is there a common denominator? We’ve collated their observations below:

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Personal Perspectives on Productivity: Executives Identify the Trends, Challenges and Ideas Transforming Their Workplace

Many of our previous posts have discussed our take on – and solutions for – productivity issues affecting the modern workplace. However, in our next series of posts, we’d like to change the perspective.

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All About Outlook Part III: Keeping Control of Your Calendar

H ave our posts inspired you with what Outlook has to offer? Been motivated to conduct an email overhaul? Great! So now that you’re on a roll, what’s next? In this, our final post on PEP participants’ favourite time-saving Outlook features, we’ll explore Outlook’s Calendar and Tasks functions. Here are the key tips that our clients tell us have made the biggest difference to their working lives:

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All About Outlook Part II: Top Time-Saving Tools

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All About Outlook: Managing More than Just Mail Part I

L iving in your inbox? We hear this complaint so often we thought we’d provide some more specific strategies on using Outlook to manage your mail. In this post we’re going to focus on clearing any backlog and setting the right systems in place to prevent any future pile-ups. The upcoming Easter break provides the perfect opportunity to show that inbox a bit of tough love. Up for the challenge? Read on:

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Your Challenges. Our Solutions. Essential Advice for Managers Part Three

Our previous posts for this month discussed both the essential strategies every manager needs to know and the best ways for managers to motivate their teams. Well, now it’s time to put those theories into the context of real life situations: thank you to all subscribers who have shared their experiences with us. Read on, then, to see what challenges other managers regularly face and what strategies we’ve recommended to overcome them.

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Smells Like Team Spirit: Essential Advice for Managers Part Two

In our previous post, we discussed two key strategies that enable managers to perform their roles more effectively. This time round, we’re going to explore the best ways that managers can motivate their team members to succeed (and remember, we’d love to hear your stories for inclusion in our final March post). Once again, we’re taking a PEP less-is-more approach: four key strategies are all that’s required for you to engage, support and motivate each member of your team.

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Methods, Not Madness: Essential Advice for Managers Part One

At PEPworldwide we’ve observed that managers often struggle to, well, manage – to balance the diverse needs of their teams with the specific requirements of their own roles. So this month’s posts will focus on the key strategies that help managers both boost their individual performances and maximise the performance of their teams. We thought we’d kick off the month by sharing what, in our experience, are the two most important ways to improve your ability to manage effectively and ensure you are maximising your company’s biggest asset: your people.

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Breaking Out of Your Inbox: Tips for Managing Your Mail

Bringing your work home with you is never a good idea and, if you’ve completed PEP, this won’t be an issue for you anyway. But if you haven’t already, do consider bringing home the PEP strategies you use at the office – because as our suggestions below demonstrate, PEP’s principles for increasing efficiency go well beyond the workplace. Let’s explore a few ways these strategies can transform your home life, too.

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Keeping Your Distance: How to Stay in Control When Working Out of the Office

Tough day at the office? Working remotely is becoming increasingly popular and for many, working in a traditional office environment is a thing of the past. In fact for some, remote working becomes a necessity rather than a choice: with the news that a number of office buildings in Wellington remain closed after the November 14 earthquake, now seems a good time for us at PEPworldwide:nz to share our tips on how to stay just as productive when you work out of the office as when you work in it.

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It’s the Thought that Counts: Top Tips for Productive Pre-Christmas Planning

It may seem early to be thinking about Christmas, but look around: chocolate Santas are already tempting us in supermarkets, save-the-dates are filling your in-box and the usual suspects are releasing Christmas albums (Neil Diamond, we’re looking at you). Don’t leave it until twelve days before Christmas to plan your work calendar around your holiday: now is the perfect time to be thinking ahead. So with this in mind, we’ve collated the top suggestions from our own facilitators, from outside the productivity industry and from the Internet about how to successfully manage your Christmas deadlines. At PEP we’re all about achieving what matters – and in this case, it’s a well-earned break from work concerns

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Tricks and Treats: Strategies for Overcoming Procrastination

H alloween’s just round the corner, but forget creepy clowns and sugar-crazed kids: sometimes nothing’s more frightening than a growing pile of tasks you’ve been putting off. Time is arguably our most precious commodity – so why are we so good at wasting it? Because this is what procrastination does: it robs us of the opportunity to achieve something meaningful. It undermines our efficiency, decreases our productivity and increases our stress. And let’s face it: these consequences are unlikely to have a positive effect on your work or personal life.

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