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Disarming spoilers through nicknames (the reset method)

When people are stressed out, afraid of failing, or frustrated they aren’t getting their way, they tend to do things that makes the situation worse. Well intentioned actions we hope will make things better, but tend to make things worse, I call spoilers. In the heat of the moment, spoilers are often blind spots to […]

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Getting smart about essential but draining activities

Although we’d love to be able to work in a job that plays to our strengths and lets us do what we love 100% of the time, this is fantasy land. Every role, whether you are an entrepreneur, manager, leader, or specialist, has essential but draining activities. EBD activities. For your EBD activities, it is […]

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Advice worth $1000 a minute

In 1903 Charles M. Schwab (no relation to the company overseeing my IRA) became the President of a small steel manufacturer names Bethlehem Steel. One day he had a meeting with PR and Management Consultant Ivy Lee. Schwab expressed concern that people in his organization knew what they needed to do but seemed to have […]

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Using the 80 / 20 rule to “recharge”

One of the more commonly accepted principles of business is the Pareto Principle – the idea that 80% of your results come from 20% of your effort. The Pareto Principle is named after the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto. Pareto noticed while gardening that 20% of the pea pods in his garden produced 80% of the […]

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Strengths – please don’t ignore me anymore

It’s ironic that the very thing that helps us bring success, we often overlook. These are our personal strengths. And we tend to overlook them because they are by definition, easier for us to than they are for others. Peter Drucker believes that most people aren’t aware of their strengths, or don’t know how to […]

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Growth is always awkward, anyone who thinks otherwise is delusional

Ever wonder why growth sometimes feels like two steps forward and one step back? Do you wish the results of your efforts could last longer, and be easier?

At Watz Productivity, we believe two growth maxims are always at play.
1) Growth is always awkward, anyone who thinks otherwise is delusional
2) Important growth follows a sequence to be sustainable

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