Use technology for good, not evil

Use technology for good, not evil

Technology. It’s quite incredible when you think about what a major impact it has had on our work and our life over the past decade. It’s opened up communication lines, given us social media, allowed us to have access to emails on the go and so much more. But the question is, are we letting technology control us and is it having a negative impact on our lives? If you look around, you’ll see someone on a phone, another typing away on a laptop and someone else plugged in listening to a podcast. Technology is everywhere and it’s letting us live more flexible, mobile lives. But why do leaders still see their employees being tied to a desk as a sign of being productive? The pressure to be seen working from your office desk is still alive and well, even with the increase talk of work–life integration and flexibility in the workplace.

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It’s time to kill the ‘Time Management’ concept

Managing time effectively has long been drilled into us since high school. If all the things on your to-do list aren’t crossed off by 5pm, it’s put down to poor time management skills — and if, by the afternoon your brain can’t handle anything other than cat videos on Youtube — your concentration skills are rubbish.

But what if this whole idea of time management and concentration was wrong?

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How to lead a team to ongoing high performance

Leading a team to ongoing high performance is tricky, as old leadership techniques may no longer apply during business evolution.

Since the 2007 GFC people have been required to ‘do more, with less’ and were told to ‘work smarter, not harder’, and this is something that’s translated into our work ethics almost a decade on. Telling your team to operate this way is like giving the keys of a Ferrari to a 15-year-old and saying, ‘drive safely’.

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Your email notifications are killing your productivity

We’re experts in making up excuses as to why we can’t practise meditation daily.

We feel stressed, overwhelmed and harried, yet we jump at our device every time an email comes in as if each unread message may hold the key to a cure.

It’s ludicrous, but we continue to do so because that’s the only way things get done, no?

According to Vanessa Bennett, founder of global high performance coaching company, Next Evolution Performance, this couldn’t be more untrue.

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