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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Fri, 12/09/2016 - 8:48am

GRATIAS: Finishing Well

So much clutter – mental and physical – is caused by not finishing well. We jump to another project, idea, or distraction and leave the prior task undone.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 11/10/2016 - 8:26am

GRATIAS: Lessons Learned from Failure (and success!)

I set a BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) to write a book. I failed. But then I succeeded. Here is what I learned along the way...

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Submitted by Ammie Dover on Thu, 11/03/2016 - 3:24pm

The Power of Partnerships

The SBA reports that 50 percent of new businesses fail within the first five years.   How would you like to know what the 50 percent knows?  Plain and simple, they acknowledge that they don’t know everything.  They hire smartly and partner with other experts for the rest. 

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 11/03/2016 - 7:38am

GRATIAS: The 3 Biggest Productivity Problems

I was recently asked: What do you think are the biggest problems companies have that affect productivity? Here is my response...

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 10/27/2016 - 8:48am

GRATIAS: Productivity Tips from the Assembly Line – Part Two!

I am so lucky to have the opportunity to speak to people across the country.  I returned to one of my clients, an automobile assembly plant, to deliver a day-long productivity seminar. However, I wasn’t the only productivity expert in the room!

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 10/20/2016 - 9:26am

GRATIAS: Home vs. Stuff vs. the Hurricane

Matthew was the world’s worst tourist.  He acted like he owned the place, made a mess, left, and forced the locals to clean up after him.  Walking through my house for perhaps the last time really put my “stuff” in perspective.

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Submitted by Dominick N. Biangone on Sat, 09/24/2016 - 1:00pm

Leadership vs. Management: A conversation with Andy Cabistan

I recently was invited to be interviewed by Andy Cabistan.  Andy is a young, dynamic entrepreneur and is the leader of Watson Works, LLC, Savannah's own corporate communication experts. Andy is doing great work by equipping teams and organizations with the tools and insights needed to communicate and collaborate more effectively.

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Submitted by Dominick N. Biangone on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 3:39pm

Tell a story to close more sales

Have you ever wondered why your current sales presentation or pitch doesn't work? Is it possible it's failing because you are leading with facts? The truth is that facts rarely sell a prospect today. That doesn't mean facts aren't important. It just means they have their proper time and place.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 09/22/2016 - 9:06am

GRATIAS: Productive (!) Retirement

For some, retirement is an administrative process of receiving benefits that were hard-earned. For others, it is a career change. This is Susan Lowrey-Flaherty's story...

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 09/08/2016 - 8:38am

GRATIAS: Do This, Not That.

You know this, but I have to restate it from time to time:  without good time management skills, you will just give more and more hours to your job.  Those hours are deducted from your personal life.  Excess stress and work/life imbalance are often the result.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 08/18/2016 - 7:53am

GRATIAS: How to Handle the Someday/Maybe Projects

There are always projects that lurk in the back of your mind and you think “I’ll do this someday…maybe.”  You don’t need to start them now, nor do you want to forget about them altogether.  So, what’s a dreamer to do?  Keep a Someday/Maybe list!  Here's how...

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Submitted by Dominick N. Biangone on Sat, 08/13/2016 - 12:12pm

Efficiency is the key to maximizing profits

Is there a difference between an effective business operation and one that is efficient?  The words Effective and Efficient sound similar, and they are often used interchangeably, yet there is a difference between the two terms. 

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 08/11/2016 - 9:23am

GRATIAS: 10 Secrets to Success in the Entertainment Industry

Veronica DiPippo has had a great career in one of the most challenging professional arenas in the world.  How has she accomplished this? According to Veronica: If I had to sum up the 10 things pertaining to time management, organization and productivity that allowed me to achieve a certain level of success, they would be that I...

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 07/21/2016 - 3:24pm

GRATIAS: The Productive Art of Practicing What You Preach

Allow me to introduce you to Jeff Turner, Certified Financial Planner®  and Accredited Estate Planner® .  Jeff is not only my family’s financial advisor but someone I definitely wanted to feature in my #ProductivitySuperheroes blog series.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Fri, 07/08/2016 - 2:44pm

GRATIAS: 3 Choices You Must Make at Mid-Year

The purpose of setting goals is to achieve them. However, obsessive pursuit of a goal to which you have committed your time and efforts in the past is not always the best plan. What are your options?

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Submitted by Dominick N. Biangone on Thu, 07/07/2016 - 7:33pm

Become a Savvy Business Owner

Savvy business owners have come to recognize and value the benefits to be gained by being able to interpret financial data and use it to run their businesses more effectively.

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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.