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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Wed, 12/13/2017 - 11:16am

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

I am always pleased to hear about people who value the benefit of automation, standardization, and process documentation.  Assembly line productivity!

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Tue, 11/14/2017 - 1:29pm

GRATIAS: Do Systems Help or Hurt Creativity?

This is a story of a creative millennial named Kristen Baird who has found a way to be systematic with her business and succeed in a small jewelry company.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Tue, 10/31/2017 - 11:00am

GRATIAS: Tips for Virtual Meeting Mastery

You may have been in virtual meetings where nobody paid attention. There are things that you can do to maximize the effectiveness of your time together.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Tue, 09/19/2017 - 2:05pm
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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Tue, 09/05/2017 - 9:19am

GRATIAS: 10 Signs that You Need to Cancel a Meeting

We’ve been in situations where a leader looks inept by forcing a meeting that shouldn't have happened in the first place. Don’t ignore the warning signs.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Tue, 08/22/2017 - 11:41am

GRATIAS: Three Critical Leadership Tactics

Being tactically effective doesn't mean a leader is micromanaging.  An organized leader knows that without good execution, lofty goals will remain lofty.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Tue, 07/25/2017 - 3:15pm

How to Collect and Organize Testimonials

If business development, prospecting, and/or marketing are critical to success, here are some tips on how to get more testimonials and what to do with them

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Tue, 07/11/2017 - 2:26pm
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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Tue, 05/30/2017 - 9:18am

GRATIAS: Is work keeping you up at night…literally? Here’s how to deal.

This is not an article about falling asleep or vacations. How do you keep your stress level where it improves performance but doesn’t keep you up at night?

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Tue, 05/16/2017 - 7:50am

GRATIAS: My 3 Most Productive Early Career Experiences

After a productivity seminar, a participant asked me what early-career experiences helped me the most?  I came up with three…

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Fri, 04/21/2017 - 10:37am

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

When something happens a third time, you’ve got yourself a pattern. Here are more productivity tips that my friends at VW had to share.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 04/13/2017 - 10:50am

GRATIAS: Why I Disagree with Multiple Work Email Addresses

Having multiple work email addresses generally results in multiple headaches. Here is why I recommend ONE email account for work.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 03/30/2017 - 8:47am

GRATIAS: Five Tips for Overcoming Stage Fright

Stage fright is a place where fear and productivity collide. Here are five tips for overcoming stage fright.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Tue, 03/21/2017 - 9:14am

GRATIAS: When Productivity Gets Messy

There is discomfort, and mess, that can result when a person is behaving productively.  Here are three reasons why being productive really stinks sometimes.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Fri, 03/03/2017 - 11:05am

GRATIAS: 3 Tools to Overcome Feelings of Helplessness at Work

Sometimes we want to be more productive but feel powerless to effect change. Here are some tools to help you overcome feeling helpless at work.

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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 02/23/2017 - 8:30am
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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Tue, 02/14/2017 - 7:43am
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Submitted by Melissa Gratias on Thu, 02/09/2017 - 11:00am

GRATIAS: Email Overload - The Dangers of CC and Reply All

Spam filters will not save you from colleagues who over-copy or are trigger happy with Reply All. Here are some tips to escape email CC nightmares.