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Volume: IV     Number: 06 Productive Learning Systems, Altanta, GA July, 2005
What's Inside?

Newsletter Special:


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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Featured Product:


Coping and Stress Profile

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

Verbal Nimbleness

This is a great memory aerobic, or an exercise
for your brain.

Try this one!!

Verbal Nimbleness

Live Events

ProdutivElearn is exploring 2 types of Live Events:

  1. Live Web Broadcasts

  2. Scheduled Monitored Chats on topics requested by our readers.

Which type are you most interested in?
What sub-topics within the five areas we specialize in would you like to see?

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Continuing Ed

"Continuing-ed" marks the start of our 4th publishing season. We hope you have enjoyed getting it, and pledge to continue to help you further your personal and professional development. Please help us by giving your feedback. You can always post comments in the Discussion Boards, as well as sending us an e-mail to
As summer continues, we hope you are planning some R&R time. We'd like to compile a list of what's on your reading list. There doesn't seem to be much interest as yet. We really do want to see what you're spending your time with. Please e-mail us your list of "summer must reads." We'll publish the list. If you want your name mentioned, be sure to include a line saying so. t might be helpful to include your job function as well.
Behind the scenes, we are re-vamping some of our online courses and working to publish more in the coming months. If you would like to see any topics that are not currently on the site, please let us know.
Speaking of online courses, the Dynamic Speed Reading Masters Program is doing very well. Subscribers are benefiting from the skills and give us kudos for the personal coaching. The introductory period is coming to a close. We'll be raising the price soon. So if you have been pondering taking it, now is your chance.
Live Group Training: Productive Learning Systems, our sister company, is booking now for 2006. Our most popular programs are: Dynamic Reading, Memory, and Recall; Time Management; Communication Skills for Technical Professionals; Managing Technical Professionals; Productive Listening; Productive Meetings. Besides our "stock programs," we develop and deliver customized programs as well. If you have a need for training in your organization, please give us a call to discuss and arrange dates. As a loyal reader, we will give your group special pricing. But hurry for choice dates are disappearing.

New Nutritional Products: We are now offering two great brain boosting products: Super Nutrient Sub-lingual B12 and Oxygen for Mind Power. Although already discounted, you can save an additional 10% using coupon code # SuperBrain at checkout.

We're looking forward to hearing from you and seeing what our readers plan to read this summer.

Best Regards,
President & CEO
Productive Learning Systems, Inc.

  Hotline: Workplace Communication

When in Conflict Try Dialogue

Some studies indicate that an organization spends as much as 40% of it’s time dealing with conflict. Conflict is all around us and comes from various sources: ethnicity, race, gender, job function, generation differences, differences in values, beliefs, ideas, etc. The conflict can be large or small. It is neither good, nor bad. Conflict can be constructive, or destructive, depending on how the parties choose to deal with the conflict. When people find themselves is serious conflicts, the parties perceive themselves being threatened and often will resort to destructive tendencies in order to protect themselves and their needs. There is an alternative that can pay major dividends to the parties and the organization. Here are some basic rules of dialogue.

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  Socratic Corner: Innovation and Critical Thinking:

Making Tough Decisions

As our readers may have noticed, we don't normally endorse other publications, but a recent issue of Fortune Magazine loans itself too well to this important topic.

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  Brain Health & Learning

"IQ Can't Be Improved; Myth, or Truth?

There are certain facts that "everyone knows" about which in the last few years have found to be false. Here is one of the best inaccuracies: "Your IQ can't change-can't get better." In recent years that "everyone knows" fact has now been shown to be conclusively false. IQ can change and get better.

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  Frontline: Best Practices in Leadership & Management

Are You A Level 5 Leader?

If you are a practicing manager who has held
management responsibilities for a long period of
time, there are certain management behaviors and
principles that eventually start becoming
intuitive. With success over time we often become
jaded about our continued learning and growth.
Many long term managers who have also been
trained over the years often will ballyhoo
against new ideas and management books.
Personally I fall into that later category.
However, as many of you have heard me speak
about, that even though you’re disciplined to
stay on top of the literature, and in spite of
the universal nature of some of the laws of good
management, occasionally, a groundbreaking
principle is discovered and clearly

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  Information Overload

"I Can't Remember Syndrome"

In this note, I want to reveal some little known facts about how your brain works. I will also clarify some great misunderstandings about the differences between reading, comprehension and memory. If you forget rapidly after you have just read something, you need to read on. You may not be as “brain dead” as you think.

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