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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 06/23/2016 - 9:15am

GRATIAS: Success through Strategic Ignoring

Productivity gurus tout the “no” as the most powerful weapon that a startup has in their arsenal. Success can be obtained through strategic ignoring.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 06/09/2016 - 8:55am

GRATIAS: Four Mistakes that Leaders Make in Meetings

Meetings are one of the most significant time investments that organizations make.  When you consider the hourly rate of everyone in the room, meetings are expensive.  It is the responsibility of leaders to manage the cost of meetings like they would manage other large expenditures.  Are you or your leaders shirking this responsibility?

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 06/02/2016 - 8:25am

GRATIAS: Combat Procrastination. Focus on Action!

A to-do list can be a powerful weapon in your anti-procrastination battles.  Your to-do system must start your day, guide your actions during the day, and close out your work at the end of the day.  It is a living, not static, system that functions as an inventory of everything you need to accomplish now and in the future.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 05/26/2016 - 8:54am

GRATIAS: Bloody Good Outlook Tips

Working at a blood center requires excellence in the areas of biotech, healthcare, customer service, marketing, and IT.  Many blood banks operate as not-for-profits as well.  So, you won’t be surprised that I found #ProductivitySuperheroes when I recently facilitated my seminar, Productivity Hacks Using Microsoft Outlook, at a community blood center in southeast Georgia.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 05/12/2016 - 7:03am

GRATIAS: Productivity Secrets from Scott West

Being a solopreneur is exciting.  And stressful.  And lots of other things.  But, I’ve found a productivity superhero who is an example of what one dedicated person can achieve.

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Submitted by Ammie Dover on Thu, 05/05/2016 - 12:46pm

Do Non-Profits Need a Sales Strategy?

There are many ways in which a non-profit is similar to a for-profit and why they too need a strategy.  Let’s look at the three of the major ways:

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 04/28/2016 - 6:44am

GRATIAS: The BEST Use of Your Email Inbox and Sent Items Folders

Every email program has these folders:  the Inbox and Sent Items.  Interestingly, I find that my clients often use these two folders in ways that can be inefficient and increase record-keeping risk.

In this post, I’d like to re-introduce you to your Inbox and Sent Items and offer best practices in organizing and maintaining them.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 04/21/2016 - 10:21am

GRATIAS: Productivity Tips from the Assembly Line

I recently facilitated a seminar at an automobile assembly plant with a diverse group of participants.  They were an almost perfect cross-section of departments at the plant.  I quickly found that was surrounded by #ProductivitySuperheroes who were willing and eager to offer tips on how to be more effective at work.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 04/07/2016 - 11:55am

GRATIAS: How to Manage Your Business Reading

You want to read stuff.  There’s lots of good stuff to read.  But, the volume of stuff is overwhelming.  Is this you?  If you don’t have a robust system with which to gather and prioritize your articles, you are probably an inconsistent consumer of information.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 03/31/2016 - 10:49am

GRATIAS: Productivity Pearls of Wisdom

The person featured in this installment of the #ProductivitySuperheroes series is most assuredly productive, but soars even higher in the superhero department.  Meet Beth Underwood, President at Ancla Seguros y Servicios.  In addition to running a complex business, she is an active community volunteer and mother of two children she adopted at older ages.  So how does she do it?

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Submitted by Dominick N. Biangone on Tue, 03/22/2016 - 2:20pm

For a great business return, invest in yourself

Do you have the skills and knowledge you need to excel in our fast-changing world?  Businesses invest funds in many different things including new equipment, the latest technology, signage, association dues, advertising, etc.  However, owners frequently overlook one of the most important investments they can make for their business...an investment in expanding their own knowledge.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 03/10/2016 - 8:30am

GRATIAS: "I Do" or To-Do? How One Productivity Superhero Succeeds at Both

In this series on #ProductivitySuperheroes, the prevailing question is “How does she do it?”  Tracy Brisson, a wedding officiant in Savannah, Georgia, married 228 couples last year. In addition to providing a personalized and unique ceremony for hundreds of people (even coffee shop weddings), she writes books, provides career coaching, and is active in her community.  And, yes, this very productive wedding expert is happily married with an active family life.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 03/03/2016 - 11:03am

GRATIAS: How to Succeed with your Side Hustle

A side hustle can range from something you do to make extra money now to a dream you are pursuing with the hopes of full-time engagement in the future. Several billion-dollar companies began as side hustles: Papa John’s, Yankee Candle Company, Craigslist, Twitter, to name a few.  Side hustles are not easy. They require time, energy, and money, and these are three things that side hustlers don’t often have in abundance. 

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Submitted by Katie Martin on Mon, 02/29/2016 - 11:10am

A closer look at the MPC/Wicklow Farms development meeting

Last week's decision by the Metropolitan Planning Commission to approve the general site plan for the Shops at Wicklow Farms - the site of Johnny Harris Restaurant - even with loud disapproval from the public left many people visibly frustrated, angry and confused.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 02/25/2016 - 11:40am

GRATIAS: Offsite File Storage: It is Not a Black Hole…

Even in our electronic world, some companies still must rely on hard copy files. And there is a finite amount of space in your office or centralized file room. Enter offsite storage options.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Fri, 02/12/2016 - 7:41am

The Courage to Say "Yes" by Dr. Melissa Gratias

An introvert by nature, Omkari was adamant that she was not going to “become the crazy cat lady” in Savannah. So, she decided to do something completely different than she had ever done before. Omkari decided that anytime anyone asked her to go anywhere (except for skydiving or bungee jumping), she would say “Yes.”

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 02/04/2016 - 7:37am

Time Management Lessons from Bruce Lee

Do you ever feel ambushed and outnumbered? Many of my clients say that there is too much to do, not enough hours in the day, and an endless stream of interruptions at work. For Bruce Lee, this situation is akin to fighting 20 attackers in an ice factory, alley, or dojo. How does he succeed and live to fight another day?

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 01/21/2016 - 9:50am

The Art of Wearing Many Different Hats

Paula Kreissler is the kind of person we all want to be: respected businessperson, community leader, health advocate, devoted partner, and political activist. She wears many hats – and does it beautifully.

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Submitted by Dominick N. Biangone on Wed, 01/13/2016 - 12:43pm

Will your business thrive in 2016?

For today's small business owners, setting goals and identifying the key factors of growth and success are paramount.  With that in mind, here are five proven strategies that can maximize the performance and value of your business in 2016.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 12/17/2015 - 11:00am

10 Tips for Closing Out 2015

Late December or early January is often a more quiet time of the year when colleagues and clients are less likely to be in the office, it can be the ideal time for evaluating and closing out 2015.  Here are a few specific tasks to knock off over the next several weeks.