Build stronger teams with a fighting spirit.

You don’t have to get the boxing gloves out just yet, but a little bit of competition can have a big impact on team morale and productivity. I worked in telesales during college and friendly competition was the name of the game even back then. There was no way to miss the massive leadership board stuck on the wall as soon as you got to the office, just as there was no way to stop checking it every half hour to see if your name had moved up a line or two. It was addictive. Everyone wanted to win. It…


Getting distracted by the laundry pile, and the dishes, the kids, and the latest Netflix show….?

If you’re relatively new to working from home (i.e only since the start of the COVID era) then you may still be adjusting to your new setup. But this is something I’ve been doing for almost 7 years now, so I’m going to give some insight into how I keep myself organized and I’m hoping it will be of some help to you too.

The main thing about getting organized is to find out what personally works best for you. Everyone will have their own way of doing things and what works for a colleague may not suit your individual…


When did your job stop being “fun”? Probably around the same time you started dreading Mondays, right? Gamification is here to change that, and it’s working!

With the current acceleration of remote work culture worldwide, gamification offers a number of benefits that cannot be overlooked. Gamification is defined as “the process of adding games or game-like elements to something (such as a task) so as to encourage participation”. Companies that have previously worked on site are now adapting to remote work collaboration and management in addition to maintaining team cohesiveness and morale in a remote setting.

When combined with an online task management system, gamification provides companies with an opportunity to have a visual overview of employee progress where they can monitor goal completion and reward…


“What happens next” has been on the minds of many this past year. If you’re a remote worker, what happens next for you?

When I first started working remotely I became part of what turned into the whole “digital nomad” phenomenon. I guess that makes me one of those cool kids who did something before it was cool; although that’s one of those things where saying it out loud instantly discredits your coolness. But now that remote work has become the norm, there are a number of questions that need to be asked and answered as the working landscape continues to change. Is this something that will continue to become ingrained in our working culture post-pandemic? Do we have the resources available —…


Once upon a time, remote work was rare. But now, it’s the norm. Let’s look at how we got here!

Just 3 years ago, if you told someone you worked remotely they’d have a bunch of questions for you. “How does it work?”, “don’t you miss being in an office with people?”, “how did you get that job?”. But since COVID hit, remote work has become so much the norm that “remote work is the new norm” has become an increasingly familiar headline at this point.

However, remote work has been around for much longer than you think. It all started back in 1970 with the “Clean Air Movement” which examined ways to reduce commute pollution, and in 1973 a…


Amp up your motivation and get in the zone!

Have you ever had one of those days where time moves so slow it almost stops, but by the end of it you STILL haven’t finished your to-do list? Regardless of how much you love your work, this kind of day can make the easiest of tasks be an absolute brain melt. But then there’s the other side of the coin. The day when everything goes to plan and works so seamlessly that you’re halfway through your week of work by Monday evening and, man, you feel good. You’re indestructible. Nothing can stop you now. Who needs a motivational meme…


Make sure you achieve your 2021 goals with realistic and actionable checklists.

You probably have a fancy notepad you intend on filling with all of your new year resolutions, it’s probably even nicer than the notepad you had last year… but has it actually helped you to achieve them? If you’re rewriting last year’s goals in this year’s notebook, then it’s time to make a change. You need a detailed, actionable list that will give you a roadmap towards completing each goal that you have for 2021. And then, you need another list. And you probably need another one, and… well, you see where I’m going with this.

MAKE ALL OF THE…


What happens when office politics and real-world politics collide?

Dealing with office politics is one thing, but when you add real-world politics into the mix it becomes an even more difficult issue to navigate. What do you do when team members have such opposing views that it starts to drip into everyday interactions?

In a Gartner study earlier this year, 36% of employees reported that “the topic of the 2020 U.S. presidential election has led them to avoid talking to or working with a coworker because of their political views.” This is something that can absolutely tank productivity if not…


If you don’t take care of your customers, you’re not taking care of your business.

You make the sale, the customer is on board, and you pop the champagne. Then the next customer comes on board and you have another glass. And another. It’s good to celebrate the wins, right? The problem is, sometimes businesses get so busy popping champagne that they forget to take care of the customer. And that leads to a heck of hangover down the line.

96% of unhappy customers don’t complain, however, 91% of those will simply leave and never come back (1st Financial Training services). That’s a pretty big percentage and it’s a pretty big deal. This means you…


“Goals are dreams with a deadline” — Napoleon Hill.

Back in the 19th century, a “deadline” had a very different meaning that I guarantee would stress you out a whole lot more than any impending deadlines you have on the horizon! At this period in time, a deadline was known as a prison boundary where prisoners would be shot if they crossed it. Now, I’m not sure if you’re self-employed, working for a startup or a multi-national, or simply setting your own personal deadlines for your tasks, but I’m pretty sure that no-one is going to shoot you for missing one. …

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