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Accepted to College by Accident

Forty-six thousand hopeful applicants received congratulatory messages from the prestigious University of California-San Diego. Unfortunately, 29,000 of those emails were sent to people the admissions department had actually rejected. (more…)

Summit: Managing Email Productivity

The first event at the Indianapolis Productivity Summit on Monday, March 30, 2009 was Managing Email Productivity. For ninety minutes, the group reviewed the challenges of email: the biggest threat to getting any work done.
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Summit Retrospective

On Monday, March 30, 2009, we hosted the first Indianapolis Productivity Summit. Each of the four 90 minute sessions drew more than 30 attendees for an interactive discussion on ways to work smarter. (more…)

Innovation in the World of Pizza

Given the speed of emerging technology, the idea that anything is possible never seems too far out of reach. One such recent achievement is an Italian pizza vending machine. (more…)

Rotten Attitudes In The Workplace

To many of us, the saying “one bad apple ruins a bunch” brings up memories of overbearing lectures we received as children. But how true is this statement in the adult world of work?  According to one source, “bad apples” an the office can slow down productivity, diminish creativity and prevent successful completion of projects.

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Are there Shortcuts to Productivity?

As Americans diligently strive for personal and occupational success, productivity improvement schemes continue to gain momentum and support. Yet, between old-fashioned “know-how” and fancy technological solutions, what is the best strategy in the race for ultimate efficiency? (more…)

Why You Can’t Innovate at NASA

A fascinating Youtube video highlights innovation and workflow problems at NASA. Watch the clip to see how employees trapped through compartmentalization hinder the development of bright ideas. (more…)

Leadership in “The Office”

The hit NBC comedy he Office features a neurotic, naive and often unruly character in Michael Scott. The show is famous for uncomfortable workplace moments and many of the scenes feel as if they are based in reality. Yet behind the entertainment, the premise begs the question: How do leaders emerge and how could incompetent fools become the boss?

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The Obsession with “Done”

Media darling Bre Pettis continues to circle the web. This post is about completion. Done, he asserts, is what matters, and all productivity arises from an obsession with done.
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The Ultimate Library Fine

The new Central Library in downtown Indianapolis ran two years and $50 million dollars over budget. Now, the courts will decide who is at fault and who has to pay. (more…)

The Million Dollar Usability Correction

Probably everyone dreams of making millions. For one company in particular, hitting the jackpot didn’t come from selecting winning numbers in the lottery. Instead, all it took was changing a simple icon. (more…)

Indiana Social Security Numbers Publicized

One downfall to the endless possibilities of the Internet is the existence of identity theft. Just under 9,000 current and former Indiana state employees had their social security numbers posted to a public website leaving many vulnerable. Though the breach was quickly corrected, one has to wonder how such a mistake could have occurred in the first place.
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Businesses Pained By Lead Tests

Everybody knows lead is dangerous. A heightened awareness and avoidance of products like lead paint is vital to public safety. Unfortunately for smaller companies, expensive new regulations for independent testing may force many to go out of business. (more…)

Brute Force Positive Thinking

Gretchen Rubin author of The Happiness Project, often talks about on upbeat thinking. In one blog post she offers nine tips for dealing with a “happiness emergency.”

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One Gadget, One Decade

Here’s a surprising productivity story: BusinessWeek tech writer Roger Kay always brings a sleek‚ portable computer to the annual Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas. But unlike the rest of the cutting edge gadgets, his trusty notebook is over ten years old. (more…)

Berkun on Change

According to noted author Scott Berkun, change has nothing to do with the latest technology. Rather, innovation comes from taking risks and embracing new ideas.
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Process Abandonment, Wrongful Detention

Legal immigrants in Australia are supposed to receive letters from the government letting them know the status of their visa. For one unfortunate man, however, the mail was never sent, leaving him wrongfully imprisoned for five years. (more…)

For Sale: Service Which is Not Actually Available

The words “we’ll take care of it” from any company should be music to a consumer’s ears. After all, one less responsibility is great when the weekly to-do list is already overflowing. But what happens when a promise is left unfulfilled? (more…)

30 Days Without Email

Like almost every office worker, Katie Goodman was drowning in email. She decided to fight back by abandoning her inbox entirely for a single month. (more…)

Super Signs You Need a New Job

Super Bowl Sunday is the epitome of American football and the pinnacle of American advertising. Commercials during the big game can cover any topic—even the dissatisfaction many will face when they return to work on Monday morning. (more…)