Get it Done, Faster, with a “How-to-Do” List


By Holger Reisinger

To-do lists are great for prioritizing tasks, but not so great at helping us accomplish them. Supercharge your productivity by transforming your humble to-do-list into a how-to-do list.

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Want to cross more off your to-do list – in less time?

Turn it into a “how-to-do” list.

That’s the revelation I had while reminiscing about a fantastic sailing trip I took not long ago.

It was a dream voyage – a few friends, a week of sailing and an opportunity to visit interesting new places. Continue reading

Headphone burn-in: Fact or fiction?


by Daniel Gniazdo

There’s a serious battle raging on about the concept of “burning in” your headphones. Dedicated audiophiles swear by it. Others think it’s mostly just babble. Who’s right?


If you’re like me, your first reaction to hearing about the idea of “burning in” your headphones was, “Huh?!”

If you’re already familiar with the concept of headphone burn-in, you might have some strong opinions on the subject. But let’s start at the beginning. Continue reading

From Production Line to Knowledge Factory: The Past, Present and Future of Work


By Holger Reisinger

Plenty of organizations are looking for ways to help employees become more engaged, inspired and innovative. Ride with me as I trace the roots of employee disengagement and search for practical solutions, including changing the way we organize work in the knowledge economy.

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Ever wonder how we got here?

Not to this point in the history of civilization. Rather, how we got to a place where 70% of knowledge workers admit to being disengaged from their jobs? And, equally important, how can we overcome it? Continue reading

Here’s how you solve two common Bluetooth problems


by Daniel Gniazdo

Bluetooth headsets have been around since the turn of the millennium, so they aren’t exactly brand new technology. But if you’ve only recently gotten your very first Bluetooth, you may encounter a few hurdles in getting it to work. Maybe I can help.

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Bluetooth headsets are meant to make your life easier, at least when it comes to talking on the phone while keeping your hands free. But Bluetooth tech isn’t flawless. Sometimes, people have a bit of a hard time making their headset do what it’s supposed to do.

Before you smash that earpiece against the wall in sheer frustration, don’t! At least two common issues can be quite easily solved, like so: Continue reading

Workers (Not) Gone Wild: The Case for Employee Autonomy


By Holger Reisinger

The days of the boss continually looking over your shoulder are over. By granting workers added autonomy, organizations are increasing employee engagement and boosting productivity.

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I had a crazy thought the other day – one that had me questioning my business sense, if not my sanity. Let me explain.
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Siri, Google Now, and Cortana are more than gimmicks


by Daniel Gniazdo

Talking smartphone assistants like Siri, Google Now, and Cortana can make your life easier. They’re also getting smarter ever day. Let’s take a look at what they can do.

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In 2011, Siri charmed her way into our hearts with humorous quips and silly answers to no-less-silly questions. Since then, intelligent assistants have become a staple of modern smartphones. Every major player has one: Apple has Siri, Microsoft has Cortana, and Google has the decidedly unsexy-sounding Google Now.

I’m sure that a few of you are actually using these assistants to get things done. It makes sense: Why bother typing a message by hand when you can simply dictate it to your helpful smartphone elf? Continue reading

“Start Sleeping on the Job or You’re Fired!”


By Holger Reisinger

Scientists have long understood the benefits of a quick nap, such as greater productivity, better decision making and improved overall health. But catching some Zzzzs while on the job? Meet a pioneering company that’s working to change our attitudes about stealing a few winks in the workplace.

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It wasn’t long ago that napping at work was a great way to get fired.

But if a U.S. company has its way, getting a few minutes of shut-eye on the job may just make you a better employee.

Allow me to introduce MetroNaps, perhaps the most courageous company in the world. That’s because MetroNaps is determined to eliminate one of the biggest taboos in the workplace: dozing on the job. Continue reading

What’s NFC and why should you care?


by  Daniel Gniazdo

Near Field Communication, or NFC for short, has gone from being obscure tech mumbo jumbo that only gadget freaks cared about to an increasingly useful feature in many modern smartphones. So what is NFC, and what can you do with it?

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More likely than not, you’ve heard someone use the term “NFC” before. Even more likely, the smartphone some of you are reading this article on has an NFC chip inside. See for yourself. Go ahead, I’ll wait.

But if you’re like most people, you still have no clue what NFC really is and what in the world you can use it for. Let’s change that. Continue reading

Five Ways to Light the Fire within Our Workers


By Holger Reisinger

More than two-thirds of today’s workers are in a funk. They’re indifferent, bored and disengaged from their jobs – which is having a huge negative effect on productivity, innovation and customer service. Here are some fundamental ideas for getting your workers back onto the bandwagon.

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When was the last time you encountered an employee with an unlimited passion for their job? You know, the type of worker who goes out of their way to make every interaction special—and raises the level of performance of everyone around them? Continue reading

Music makes your mood. Really.


by  Daniel Gniazdo

“Music is the strongest form of magic,” Marilyn Manson once said. Does it sound far-fetched? Actually, he was more right than he knew. Music works magic on your mood.

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I bet you’ve experienced this yourself: A song comes on the radio, and suddenly you’re either an emotional wreck or jazzed up and ready to take on the world (it’s rarely both at the same time). Music can make you feel sad, happy, tense, or excited. It can even get people flocking to the dance floor to do the synchronized routine from the latest pop track…or so I’ve heard. Continue reading