Why We Can’t Escape Noise – and Why That’s a Good Thing

Are barking dogs, roaring traffic and the din of the workplace driving you crazy? There’s a good reason why we have a hard time escaping the noise around us (and you probably won’t like it).

Woman standing in the middle of street full of noise

It’s every airline passenger’s nightmare, and one we’ve all experienced. The shrieking child two rows back.

Pity the poor parents; they try everything but with no luck. The meltdown persists. Escape is impossible. You and 100-plus other captive passengers reach your breaking point. Nerves fray. Tempers flare. Continue reading

Who owns Customer Experience in your organization?

Unboxing an Apple product – Wow!

Buying products from Amazon and ease of returning – Wow!

Being put on hold for 15 minutes during a customer support call – Terrible!

The battery lasts for 3 hours compared to the promised 5 hours – Frustrating!

We all have experienced moments of delight and despair during our interactions with “brands”. The above examples are not of good/bad products, but of “experiences” that we have around products or services that we buy. Continue reading

Why a Nice Lunch Beats Facebook and LinkedIn – Every Time

Emails, LinkedIn, Facebook, and other digital solutions are great for information sharing but are killing innovation, collaboration, and efficiency in modern knowledge-based companies. It’s time to enter the era of meaningful conversation. I just rediscovered an old book that shows us how.

Just the other day I finished re-reading the New York Times bestseller, “Never eat alone,” written by Keith Ferrazzi. The book is basically a cookbook in achieving success by building and utilizing your personal network to get better jobs, more business, new opportunities, or whatever you crave in life.

The concept is simple: if you build a large personal network, the network will, over time, reward you with more opportunities in life. All you need is to plan your targets and execute your plan, and, of course, buy Mr. Ferrazzi’s book.

“Never eat alone” is about your personal success; re-reading the book made me realize that it also holds a hidden gem for the successful companies of the future. Continue reading

The Hidden Secret of the Super-Productive

If you tune into your biological clock, you can do ten hours of work in half the time and stop stress at the same time. All it takes is a piece of paper and a little understanding from your co-workers and your boss. 

Have you ever wondered why some of your co-workers manage to be more productive than the rest of the bunch? You know, those “annoying” elite workers that meet all their deadlines without ever working late? I must admit that it puzzled me for quite some time until recently when I discovered the hidden secret of highly productive people. All it takes is to be fully in tune with your internal biological clock. And here’s the good news: we can all learn how.

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What a 3 Week Holiday Taught Me About Leadership!

Having worked in multinational corporations my entire career, I often wondered about my colleagues taking 4-6 weeks of holiday a year, however this was not a very comfortable concept for me.

I recently came back from a 3 week vacation, which was the longest vacation for me – ever.

I was feeling quite nervous, anxious and guilty before going on this trip. Thoughts around whether the team will be able to close the quarter on budget, who will represent me at the management meetings, what will my team think of me, what will my manager think of me etc.

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Why Bird Sounds Make Us More Productive

It’s time to incorporate nature into the workday. Find out how the natural sounds featured in the “Focus on Work” music soundtrack can help relieve stress and make us more productive on the job.

Are noise and distractions in the workplace keeping you from getting your job done? Continue reading

Introducing the Music that Can Change Your (Work) Life!

Today’s workplace is packed with distractions that keep us from getting our jobs done. It’s time to change that. “Focus on Work,” a free soundtrack from Jabra and Restworks, can help us achieve a blissful state of concentration.

You know the helpless feeling: The critical piece of work in front of you requires your immediate and undivided attention.

But you can’t concentrate. Noisy coworkers, a churning printer and the incessant whirring of the air-conditioning unit – all have overwhelmed your ability to focus.

You feel frustrated, anxious, paralyzed…. Continue reading

Mind the Automation Gap: Why the Human Touch is Critical in the Public Sector

By  Cheryle Walline

Digital automation has made its way to the public sector. But there’s at least one place where human interaction is – and always will be – vital.

The headlines were breathless:

“Most Government Workers Could Be replaced By Robots, New Study Finds”

“Automation Threatens Public Sector”

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The Real Reason Your To-Do List Keeps Getting Longer

Employees today spend too much time collaborating and too little concentrating, which is bad for both them and our organizations. Find out how we can reverse the trend and restore balance to these critical work modes.


You can never have too much of a good thing, the old saying goes.

Or can you?

That’s what I wondered when I saw a news headline stating that researchers found that employees today spend 50% more time collaborating than they did 20 years ago. Continue reading

UC Spells a Trillion-Dollar Opportunity for Public Institutions

By  Cheryle Walline

A trillion-dollar opportunity awaits: By better managing IT projects, public sector entities can offer improved service at a dramatically lower cost. Here’s how to apply the concept to adoption of unified communication technologies.  


How many times have we heard that we need to “do more with less,” “work smarter” or “transform the way we work?”

Probably more than we can count – and almost to the point of cliché.

But when respected consulting firm McKinsey & Company turns its sights toward helping the public sector offer improved service at a lower cost, people pay attention. Continue reading