Hagen's Hikes: Weekend Warrior Goes Trailside with Old Man Winter

Posted by E.V. Thompson on May 20, 2019

Once again, we follow Lemberg Service Manager as he treks his way across the Ice Age Trail on his quest to complete the 1000-mile trail, one segment at a time. As you might imagine, weather can make or break a hike. Here we follow Hagen’s first few months of 2019 as he went trailside with Old Man Winter.

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Why Multitasking Is Not A Thing

Posted by E.V. Thompson on May 1, 2019

In a recent article on eight simple productivity hacks, Forbes reported that those who multitask are not necessarily more productive. In fact, they are more distracted by "irrelevant environmental stimuli." Pick your distraction: Insta updates, iPhone notifications, texts, email, phone calls, the open-door-pop-in chat or can-you-stop-what-you're-doing-to-help-me chat. That doesn't even begin to address open-area work environments where distractions hit just about every one of the senses. What's more is that those same multitaskers also perform worse in tests that measure the ability to switch tasks. WHAT? 

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Budget vs. Estimate: Why you need both for accuracy.

Posted by E.V. Thompson on Apr 22, 2019

Large construction projects can be tricky to estimate. The sheer volume of detail can create the perfect storm for overlooking things that should be obvious on the outset. To avoid an inaccurate estimate, our construction division uses a simple but effective tool.

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Hagen's Hikes: The Thousand-Mile Ice Age Challenge

Posted by E.V. Thompson on Apr 12, 2019

The invitation is always open: join the weekend hike!

But, if you're going to tag along, make sure you wear good shoes and bring water because this is no casual hike. Lemberg Service Manager Tim Hagen has a goal to be recognized by Wisconsin's Ice Age Trail Alliance (IATA) as one of the few who have hiked the entire 1,000+mile Ice Age Trail -- and he's happy to have company along his journey, as long as you show up prepared.

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4 Ways to Make Positive Feedback More Meaningful

Posted by John Rutkiewicz - Guest Blogger on Apr 8, 2019

Recently, after facilitating a leadership workshop, I received this question on an evaluation: “Recognition and thank you’s can come across as insincere. How do we overcome that?”

It’s a great question. Giving positive feedback in the workplace is important, especially when you’re the leader. Recognition, appreciation and gratitude for good work has motivational power. It also enhances employee engagement.

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Know Thy Audience; Make Them Move

Posted by John Wachniak on Mar 26, 2019

In advertising, knowing your audience is paramount to getting results. It’s part of creating the overall customer brand experience – the experience that leaves your customer with an impression that will either drive them to repeat or abandon their relationship with your product or service.

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3 Elements Of A Great Scoreboard For Team Productivity

Posted by John Rutkiewicz - Guest Blogger on Feb 25, 2019

Brian Tracy, famed self-development author and speaker, once wrote: “Time management is really life management, personal management.”

Productivity ultimately relies on you and me; what you do, what I do. Time management is an element of self-leadership.

In organizational life, however, it’s also about the team. When you have projects and initiatives that you’re responsible for, most of the time, you’re responsible for some parts, and others are responsible for other parts. Right?

And so, it’s not just what you and I each do as individuals – it’s what the team does as well. How it interacts, how it works together, how it tracks its progress.

That’s where a scoreboard comes in.

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Want to Be Productive? Block Time for Your "Big Rocks."

Posted by John Rutkiewicz - Guest Blogger on Feb 1, 2019

Recently I wrote about a productivity principle I call, “Think 20%.” 

It’s a strategy for focus to help you tame your whirlwind. It involves focusing your activities around the top 20% of things you need to do – those things that are most important, like key projects, goals and initiatives. What Stephen Covey called our “Big Rocks.”

But what about focusing your time?

If you identify your most important projects, goals and initiatives, but you don’t make time for them, nothing changes. You’re still trapped in the whirlwind of too much “stuff” to do and the feelings of exasperation, futility and stress that often come with it. So…

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Your Boss Just Gave You an Objective. Now What?

Posted by John Rutkiewicz - Guest Blogger on Jan 25, 2019

The other day, a leader I coach – we’ll call him Jim – said to me:

“My boss gives broad direction about what I’m supposed to accomplish, but she doesn’t give details about what she wants to see. At the end of December, she said, ‘Next year, I want you to increase distributor sales.’ What am I supposed to do with that?”

I asked Jim some questions to learn more about his story. Then we discussed these five suggestions….

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Focus Your Team for Powerful Productivity -- "Think 20%"

Posted by John Rutkiewicz - Guest Blogger on Jan 21, 2019

As I’ve traveled across the country through the years, working with leaders in organizations of all shapes and sizes, I’ve recognized what I think is the greatest risk to our organizations.

It’s not a lack of strategy, or a lack of passion, or a lack of commitment.

The greatest risk to our organizations is…a lack of FOCUS.

We lack focus on the most important initiatives and activities that drive our organizations forward to growth and prosperity.

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