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Volume: III     Number: 04 Productive Learning Systems, Altanta, GA April, 2005
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Time Mastery Profile

Setting priorities and managing time effectively is basic to managing individual and organizational performance. The pressure to find innovative ways to achieve goals, pay attention to the competition, respond quickly to customer needs, and enjoy life outside of work is even more intense in today's less structured, information-driven workplace. Meeting the daily challenge of managing professional and personal responsibilities requires a learning strategy designed to meet individual needs.

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Stress and it's effects are often an unseen dynamic in our bodies and our thinking patterns. Get to the root of it to better manage it! This instrument helps you to pinpoint areas in your life and suggests how to better cope.

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Brain Teaser
Brain Teaser of the Month

King George IV

Sometimes when exercising our brains it might be helpful to “think backwards.”  This teaser takes you back in time to find the answer.

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Continuing Ed

Our readers surprised us on our last poll on "Loyalty to the Organization." Surprisingly, 57% responded positively, while 43% said no, they are not loyal! This Months Poll is going to take it further: "Who Are You Loyal To."  Help us get a better understanding on this issue with further choices.
Please be sure to read the article on "Workplace Violence." Whether or not you're a manager or not, this issue is a real concern during these stressful times. Be sure to speak to your managers on this issue..
The Brain Teaser: We had quite a few winners on last month's teaser, The Mountains ahead. Great job on thinking through assumptions! This month: King Geroge IV is a look back back in time with a surprising answer.
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Productive Learning Systems, Inc.

  Hotline: Workplace Communication

Are You A Champion Communicator? Ask for Feedback

Although Joe Lufts and Harry Ingram, authors of the “Johari window” intended the model to be used for management development, the same framework can be applied to successful workplace communication. As many of you who have seen me live  have heard, whenever we interact we have a blind spot – that part in our behavior that we don’t see, yet others do.  When we operate in our blindspot, we experience difficulties connecting to others and success fails us. One of the best quotes from Ken Blanchard goes, “Feedback is the breakfast food of champions.”  Often people fail to ask for feedback because they fear what they may hear in return. Here are some simple steps to help you on your way to being a workplace communication champion.

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  Socratic Corner: Innovation and Critical Thinking:

Breaking All the Rules

Buckingham and Coffman's "First Break All the Rules" showed a direct link between profitability and employee satisfaction. Now we explore how to go about hiring and keeping the right people in the right place to maximize your revenue potential.

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  Brain Health & Learning

Money and Happiness

How often have you said or heard someone else say, they’d be happier if they made more money?  Sounds logical, doesn’t it? The average incomes have doubled in the last 50 years.  You’d expect that people today would be twice as happy as people were 50 years ago. Right?

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  Frontline: Best Practices in Leadership & Management

Workplace Violence

The shootings in January at a Jeep factory in Toledo, Ohio and the murders of six workers at a mandatory ethics meeting at another plant in Meridian, MS last summer should give managers a rally to pay attention to what is going inside their workers during this period of change, economic uncertainties, and the ordinary stress in the workplace today. But are these incidents only a randomized occurrence of “bad apples’ going really sour?

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  Information Overload

Multi-tasking: Myth or Method?

A recent study published by the Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging at Carnegie Mellon University, poses serious concern for those who conduct important conversations while driving. The study also has significant implications for the myth of multi-tasking that those of you who have seen me live have heard me address.  If you’re an avid multi-tasker, you need to read on.

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