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Five alternatives to meetings

When I co-founded my startup PunchTab, one of the first things I did was institute a meetings rule. If you added an internal meeting to anyone’s calendar, it cost $1 per minute scheduled. That’s right – at PunchTab you had to pay to hold a meeting, with the fees going…

Seven digital tools changing how ad agencies work

One of the pleasures of watching Mad Men was stepping back into a world free of digital technology. Don Draper’s desk often contained nothing more than a telephone, potted plant, notepad and, of course, a whiskey glass. The few new technologies introduced are viewed with a mixture of awe and…

Five reasons why projects fail

An amended version of this article was originally published in Entrepreneur. As a founder of multiple startups and current COO of Hightail, I’ve led many projects, from launching new websites to rebranding a multi-billion dollar global company. While I’ve had some great wins, I don’t mind admitting that there have…

Five ways to embrace your inner perfectionist

The world of tech has a popular maxim: f*ck it, ship it. It means that a new app, website or software update should be released once it’s good enough, even if it has a few bugs. This attitude powered Facebook’s “move fast, break things” ascent to becoming the world’s biggest…

Three Post-it productivity tricks

New products or services that fail to find an audience are often described as “a solution without a problem”. But this is exactly how one of the most successful inventions of all time started out. In 1968, Dr. Silver Spencer, a chemist at multinational conglomerate 3M, was attempting to create…

Nine tips for organizing your desk

We all strive to be more effective at work and one sure-fire way to boost your productivity is to simply keep your desk tidy. Whether you work from home, in a small studio or a large office, the place where you sit or stand every day is very important. If your desk…

Seven tips for escaping your creative rut

We’ve all been there. The place where a creative task seems so obstinately unsolvable that staring at your screen or a blank sheet of paper is no longer helping. When you find yourself stuck in that seemingly inescapable rut, try these seven tips for rediscovering your creative spark. 1. Go…

Seven ways to stay focused and productive

People have many different ways of working. Some thrive in organized chaos, others like clear space and clean lines. Some are old school pen and paper types, others always have the latest productivity app. But however individuals choose to work, having a system in the first place is the key…

Best ways to be productive on mobile

We can all think of at least 3-4 moments a day where there are short bursts of time when we aren’t doing anything. Perhaps it’s when you are waiting the 6 minutes it takes for the barista to make your fancy latte, or when you’re waiting in the grocery line…

Little Moments Add Up To BIG Opportunities

You’ve got a couple of minutes in between meetings, or while waiting in line for coffee. Why not pull out your smartphone and check Facebook or the latest activity of your favorite sports team? It’s hard to use that time for “useful” work, and it seems harmless to spend a few minutes…

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