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How to Communicate Better with Your Employees

11/6/2018
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When you take steps to communicate better with your employees, you improve productivity. Along the way, you'll likely cut down on mistakes. Sounds good but are you ready to change? In some cases, it may require you to change you communication style and embrace how some people learn and listen. If you're ready to make [...] The post How to Communicate Better with Your Employees appeared first on Ken Okel.

Duration:00:03:16

Why You Must Schedule Your Goals

10/31/2018
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While you may have big dreams at work, you likely won't achieve them unless you schedule your goals. Time for big picture thinking often takes a back seat to the daily demands of your job. As a result, you never have the time to focus on the things that will move your career forward. Why [...] The post Why You Must Schedule Your Goals appeared first on Ken Okel.

Duration:00:03:20

Special Skills Save Money

10/24/2018
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Sometimes the fastest path to business growth is discovering special skills within your organization. These are talents employees have that are not used in their day to day duties. That doesn't mean these skills are not incredibly valuable to your business. In this week's 2 Minute Takeaway Podcast, we talk about the how to identify [...] The post Special Skills Save Money appeared first on Ken Okel.

Duration:00:04:09

Tired of Coworker Interruptions

10/16/2018
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If you're tired of coworker interruptions, then you may need to change the way you indulge their requests. These are the requests for help that come from your peers and are outside your regular responsibilities. In trying to be helpful, you may have trained people to think of you as an all you can eat [...] The post Tired of Coworker Interruptions appeared first on Ken Okel.

Duration:00:03:48

Productivity and Motivation

10/10/2018
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Productivity and motivation go hand in hand when it comes to making a change at work. It's not enough to want to magically transform how effective you are on the job. In this week's 2 Minute Takeaway Podcast, we talk about why it's so important to find your reason why you need to improve. Time [...] The post Productivity and Motivation appeared first on Ken Okel.

Duration:00:03:09

Problems Don’t Magically Solve Themselves

10/3/2018
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Effective leaders understand that problems don't magically solve themselves. You can't allow fixable issues to linger, otherwise their impact may grow. While it may be easy to come up with credible excuses to put off addressing a problem, you'll learn why that's a big mistake in this week's 2 Minute Takeaway Podcast. Time to bring [...] The post Problems Don’t Magically Solve Themselves appeared first on Ken Okel.

Duration:00:04:27

Do You Treat Your Top Performers Like Rental Cars?

9/26/2018
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You turn to your top performers when you need results but are you wearing them down? Just because someone is good at his or her job doesn't mean they should have to take on every new challenge. And while you're demanding a lot from your top performers, are you investing time in those who aren't [...] The post Do You Treat Your Top Performers Like Rental Cars? appeared first on Ken Okel.

Duration:00:03:26

Stop Worrying at Work

9/19/2018
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You need to stop worrying at work if you feel like you never have enough time to focus on your most important tasks. Worrying has a way to eating up a lot of time and it may be time you can't spare. In this week's 2 Minute Takeaway Podcast, we talk about this challenge and [...] The post Stop Worrying at Work appeared first on Ken Okel.

Duration:00:05:31

Not Having All the Answers Is Okay

9/12/2018
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Smart leaders understand not having all the answers is okay. Often in a leadership role, you find yourself constantly having to answer questions. Most of the time, you know what to say but sometimes you may be stumped. That's when you need to get comfortable with admitting you don't know or aren't sure of the [...] The post Not Having All the Answers Is Okay appeared first on Ken Okel.

Duration:00:03:44

How to Better Handle Distractions at Work

9/5/2018
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You don't have to turn to rudeness to better handle distractions at work. It can be frustrating to never be able to focus without interruptions. But rather than tell people to "stay away," you can make some simple adjustments in your schedule to maintain the right balance of availability and privacy. In this week's 2 [...] The post How to Better Handle Distractions at Work appeared first on Ken Okel.

Duration:00:05:31

Lessons from My Balloon Demonstration

8/29/2018
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A balloon demonstration can help you understand the importance of managing a workload. For years, visual learners have enjoyed seeing this representation of a familiar challenge in my speaking presentations. From my perspective, I've also learned some valuable workplace lessons from audience's reaction. Let's talk about them in this week's 2 Minute Takeaway Podcast. You [...] The post Lessons from My Balloon Demonstration appeared first on Ken Okel.

Duration:00:05:27

Promote Your Hidden Talents

8/22/2018
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If you want to grow in your career, then you need to promote your hidden talents. These are skills that you have but may not use much in your current position. This doesn't mean you should never speak of them. In fact, you may miss out on opportunities because your boss may only think of [...] The post Promote Your Hidden Talents appeared first on Ken Okel.

Duration:00:03:48

Easy Tips for Accepting Feedback

8/15/2018
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If the thought of negative feedback makes you nervous, then you'll appreciate these easy tips for accepting feedback. The goal is to remove emotion and open the door to improvement. While that may be easier said then done, this week's 2 Minute Takeaway Podcast could be required listening if your inability to hear feedback is [...] The post Easy Tips for Accepting Feedback appeared first on Ken Okel.

Duration:00:04:06

This Process Can Improve Employee Productivity

8/8/2018
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If you're looking for a process that can improve employee productivity, then you need to not think of all tasks as having equal value. It's very easy to spend too much time on certain duties that do not move you closer to your big picture goals. In this week's 2 Minute Takeaway Podcast we talk [...] The post This Process Can Improve Employee Productivity appeared first on Ken Okel.

Duration:00:04:34

Think Playground to Improve Your Productivity

8/1/2018
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If your goal is to improve your productivity at work, then you may want to think back to your younger days on the playground. In this week's 2 Minute Takeaway Podcast, you'll learn how thinking about playgrounds can help you get over some of the reluctance you may have to let go of habits that [...] The post Think Playground to Improve Your Productivity appeared first on Ken Okel.

Duration:00:03:40

Understanding Mistakes at Work

7/25/2018
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Understanding mistakes at work opens the door to increased productivity. Far too often, mistakes are just seen as a source of blame and not a sign of a potential problem. Why not try to get to the root cause of the errors? In this 2 Minute Takeaway Podcast, you'll get some actionable tips and learn [...] The post Understanding Mistakes at Work appeared first on Ken Okel.

Duration:00:04:17

Add Interaction to Your Training

7/18/2018
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It's a smart move to add interaction to your training. This keeps your important messages from only being delivered through one-way communication. While it may seem like people are listening, they may not be remembering the training. This week's 2 Minute Takeaway Podcast gives you several easy tips designed to better engage and motivate your [...] The post Add Interaction to Your Training appeared first on Ken Okel.

Duration:00:03:59

How to Prevent Deadline Stress

7/11/2018
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Deadline stress can take a toll on even the most productive people. It's made worse by sudden requests from your coworkers, which can can come unexpectedly. As a result, you may become grumpy at work, as you move closer to burnout. In this week's 2 Minute Takeaway Podcast, we visit my TV News days, when [...] The post How to Prevent Deadline Stress appeared first on Ken Okel.

Duration:00:05:40

Do You Waste Time on the Internet at Work

7/4/2018
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If you feel like you waste time on the Internet at work, then you may be in need of a productivity intervention. All the time, spent online, may be causing you to not get work done or forcing you to take on these tasks after hours. The Internet is a tool and how you use [...] The post Do You Waste Time on the Internet at Work appeared first on Ken Okel.

Duration:00:04:52

Productivity Boosting Ideas for Your Team

6/27/2018
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When your team at work becomes stagnant, it's smart to seek out some productivity boosting ideas. Recently, I was a part of a huge plastics industry trade. While I don't know much about plastics, I recognized that I was surrounded by some extremely high level marketing and development projects. In this episode of the 2 [...] The post Productivity Boosting Ideas for Your Team appeared first on Ken Okel.

Duration:00:05:41