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CustomerLove Japan Fundraiser – We’re In, Are You?

The Japan earthquake hit while we were at South by South West. Like so many other people around the world, we wanted to do something to help. That’s why we’re thrilled to be part of LaVonne Ellis’s “CustomerLove for Japan” - a 72-hour fundraiser (ending at 23.59 this Thursday) with an amazing collection of goodies if you donate just...

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Even Introverts Need Company Sometimes

Even Introverts Need Company Sometimes

I’ve known for years that I’m an introvert. As a kid, I loved to curl up with a good book. Actually, that’s a bit of an understatement. I used to carry a book around pretty much everywhere. At coffee time after church, I’d normally be found reading. I’ve lost the reading habit a bit over the years (though almost any time I’m...

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How SXSW Got Us Here

How SXSW Got Us Here

This website is a direct result of SXSW. Ali and I knew each other online and had even discussed the idea of a site similar to what ConstructivelyProductive.com has wound up becoming. But we’d dismissed the idea, thinking that we couldn’t do it. You wouldn’t think one little trip to Austin would make that big of a difference. But the fact of the matter...

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Self-Taught Leadership — Is It an Option?

Self-Taught Leadership — Is It an Option?

I’ve taken classes in leadership, conflict management and a whole host of related topics. But the most valuable leadership experience I’ve had are nowhere near official. When I was in high school, I worked in my synagogue’s Hebrew school. At first, I tutored students, but then I started teaching classes. I usually got the youngest kids, although on...

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Family Culture and Productivity: How Your Loved Ones Create Your Ideas of Productivity

Family Culture and Productivity: How Your Loved Ones Create Your Ideas of Productivity

My grandfather is eighty-three. He says he’s retired. To him, that means that he runs a lumberyard, is building a new house up in the mountains and constantly has a new real estate deal going on the side. And, trust me, he’s actually slowed down to get to this point. My family has a shared perception of work and productivity, shaped in part by the...

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Put Your Own Value on Your Time

Put Your Own Value on Your Time

I’ve always been one of those people who puts a lot of effort into school work. I’m generally good at it and I can tell from the start how long a project will take. This has been useful as I slowly work my way through my master’s program — I take one class each semester in addition to freelancing full-time, so being able to shoe-horn papers...

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Perks that Work: 5 Ways to Motivate a Team Beyond Money

I’m freaking out.  I’ve got so much to do, crazy deadlines and barely a budget to mention.  My team is overwhelmed and morale is affected. How can I motivate my group to accomplish more with less time and resources when I can’t offer to pay them more? Good news!  It’s not always about bonuses and raises.  There are plenty of things that motivate professionals...

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Save Money by Limiting Your Need to Impress

Save Money by Limiting Your Need to Impress

I believe that saving money is easy once you are able to keep under wrap your need to impress others. Because a lot of the money we spend is for getting our often-exaggerated social needs met. As soon as a person makes enough money to cover her basic needs of food and shelter, she will start spending a big part of the extra money on things which are primarily...

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