Category Archives for "Creativity"

The Top 17 Best Business and Personal Productivity Tips

Charts , Creativity , Dashboards , Decision Making , Excel , Four Quadrant Model , Goals and Objectives , Strategy , Strategy Map , SWOT Analysis and Action Plan , SWOT Analysis and Action Plan , Time Management , Tips , Top Best Tips

Last week’s newsletter contained the Top 25 Excel Dashboard Tips by page views from the last 15 months of Critical to Success. This week’s list has the 17 Most Popular Personal Productivity and Business Performance Tips from the last 15 months. A few of these productivity and performance tips are in both lists, because they use Excel […]

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How to Think and Write More Clearly using Four Word and PowerPoint Shortcut Keys and One Menu Choice

Communication Skills , Creativity

After 27 books and a bazillion PowerPoint slides I’ve learned the best way for me to write is just to get my thoughts down as quickly as possible, reorganize them, then let the stuff simmer over night. The next morning is the best time for me to give it a strong edit, cutting as much […]

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Do You Have What It Takes? The Skills 1,261 Recruiters Value Most

Career , Communication Skills , Creativity , Decision Making , Personal Performance , Strategy , Work-Life

Bloomberg Business reporters Francesca Levy and Christopher Cannon completed the Bloomberg annual survey of which job skills are most valued in managers. They reported their results on Bloomberg.com on February 9, 2016. I thought this was something you might find of value in your career and learning decisions. I hope you do find it of […]

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Best Practice Brainstorming

Creativity , Decision Making , Meeting Leading , Team Performance

Sitting through a “worst practices” brainstorming is frustrating and pointless. This article gives you a step-by-step process for best practice brainstorming. This process works. It’s fun. And it produces results. It’s the basis for many processes that Critical to Success will describe in other articles. For example, you can expand on this brainstorming process to […]

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Most Brainstorming is Worthless when It could be Awesome!

Creativity , Decision Making , Meeting Leading , Team Performance

Brainstorming is a very important creative business tool – When You Do It Right! The problem is that most brainstorming sessions could produce so much better results. The brainstorming process I’m about to describe follows best-practices in neuroscience research. I’ve used it for years. It’s fun and it produces great results. The first brainstorming session […]

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Post-It ®Notes – Power Tools for the Brain

Creativity , Decision Making , Team Performance

3M Post-It® notes are like power tools for the brain. Actually, a better metaphor is that they are power tools for multiple brains working together. They are great tools for generating ideas, developing project management work flows, mapping processes, developing tasks lists, and more. If you’re working with a group you will want to use […]

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