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Meredith Summers

Professional freelance writer for companies who want to get more done. She enjoys reading, going to the beach, and brief descriptions of herself.

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Better Ways to Train Your Employees for Success

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  When an employee is doing well, it's sometimes difficult to tell how much their success is due to hard work and drive and how much is due to the employer's training and leadership. There are a lot of schools of thought about how employees should learn, and they range from traditional classroom structures to extreme role-playing. If you're not seeing improved expertise and competence of your employees after they go through… View More


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Why Change Is So Difficult in an Office (and How to Cope)

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  Trying to get an individual to change their behavior can be an uphill battle, let alone attempting to get an entire office to change. If your marketing and sales departments have had a long-standing rivalry since the business began, their feud likely won't be solved over a few beers and icebreaker games. If only one person in the office is meeting their monthly productivity goals, then one motivational speech to the team… View More


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Ideas and Approaches for Better Problem Solving

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  Problem-solving likely consumes much of your time both personally and professionally. In fact, it's not unusual to get stuck just trying to decide how to approach a problem. Should you employ a "Pros and Cons" list? Should you solicit feedback from a variety of people with experience? Is it just a matter of the best ROI? While it's true that solutions can arise from the most unlikely places, those… View More


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How to Plan Your Day to be More Productive

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Improved productivity doesn't just happen overnight. It's a detailed, sometimes painstaking process to lead a better life. However, the more diligently you incorporate these tips, the more likely it is you'll start to see the results you want. Most people want to figure out ways to get more done in a day, but this type of generic goal will never spur anyone to action. Couple the vagueness with the mixed results everyone gets when… View More


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One Simple Way of Making Your Company More Innovative

Where do good business ideas come from? Do you feel like your business just doesn't generate enough new ideas that help increase revenue, improve productivity, or release cutting edge products and services? Your business could be in a rut. But hope is not lost. Innovation stems from a change in mindset and a break from the norm. What does that really mean in practice? See how this works in the real world at… View More


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Does This Really Have to Be a Meeting?

There's little doubt meetings are a double-edged sword for most people in business. Sometimes they smooth out communication gaps, but other times they seem to drain people's will to live. In fact, excessive meetings are usually the culprit behind those 70-hour work weeks. A full 70% of employees state they don't even think meetings… View More


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Real World Productivity Tips for Telecommuters

If you're one of the 23% of workers who does some type of remote work, you probably already have opinions about what it means to have a home office. While there's little doubt the flexibility of the role will inspire jealousy in others, it's not necessarily a dream come true. Telecommuting has a lot of perks, but it can also feel incredibly isolating. Without… View More


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How to Stay Productive When Dealing with Negative Co-Workers

You likely don't need a cited study to prove negative co-workers can have a major effect on how much you get done in a day, but we'll let you in on a small statistic anyway. An Associate Professor at Georgetown University and her colleagues found that a constantly pessimistic and negative coworker affects you up to seven times more… View More


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