Below you’ll find practical advice on subjects ranging from personal productivity to organizational culture, regularly updated.

Maintaining – and Enhancing – Productivity in a Telework Environment

By CI Team : 03-20-2020

Have you found yourself wondering lately:

Can I effectively lead my team when we’re exclusively teleworking?
Can I be fully productive in a telework environment?
How do I stay connected to remote colleagues and work collaboratively?
How do I run an effective on-line meeting?

COVID-19 is having a significant impact on our personal and professional lives....

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Trends in Employee Engagement

By CI Team : 08-20-2019

What we learned from listening in 2018

By Terri Harrell, M.A.

A couple months ago, while working with a top leadership team in the Federal Sector, I had an “ah ha” moment relating to how leaders view engagement....

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Make Your Meeting Worth the Time

By CI International : 08-07-2018

“I wish we had more meetings around here.”
-Said no one, ever

It’s a lot more likely that you and your colleagues often wish for fewer meetings. But of course, the real issue is not how many meetings we have, but how many meetings are actually worth the time spent. Here are three tips for making your meetings effective:...

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Empowering Ourselves and Others Through Effective Delegation

By CI International : 06-26-2018

Although she’d been in management roles for several years, and was considered a strong and capable leader, Mary often found delegation to be both challenging and frustrating. “I know I’m coming across as a micro-manager sometimes, but it seems if I don’t spell it out step-by-step things just don’t get done”, she shared with her mentor Joan. “And, if I give people free rein to use their initiative I get results that look wonderful but are so far beyond the practical that I end up having to tell people “no”. I need everyone to be on their “A-game” these days, and it’s just not happening. Frankly, everyone in my division, from me on down, is getting frustrated and I’m starting to see people disengage. I’m worried and need some help.”...

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An Integrated Approach to Blended Learning

By CI International : 05-15-2018

By Terri Harrell, M.A.

One of the biggest challenges to the success of a blended learning program is that it be experienced as one program rather than multiple components.

Each component needs to build off the one before, skills need to be linked and reinforced, and participants need to be mapped into where they’ve been, where they are, and where they are going....

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Getting Tasks Done

By CI International : 04-18-2018

By: K.J. McCorry, Productivity Consultant and Author of Organize Your Work Day in No Time

It is very stressful and overwhelming trying to remember all the actions and tasks one needs to take on a daily or weekly basis....

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Arming Your Workforce with the Knowledge and Tools to Prevent Sexual Harassment

By CI International : 03-16-2018

Most workplaces are made up of good people, wanting to work in an atmosphere of mutual respect, in support of organizational success. So why does sexual harassment nonetheless occur? What factors contribute to the likelihood of bad behavior? How can organizations equip their leaders and employees with the knowledge and tools needed to create a positive workplace culture?

These are the questions on a lot of people’s minds....

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Innovation in Public Service

By CI International : 10-24-2017

John closed his laptop and sighed. Sitting in his in-box was yet another memo from headquarters asking managers, basically, to “do more with less.” It wasn’t worded exactly that way, of course; senior leadership knew everyone was tired of hearing those words. No, the memo said something about the need to get creative and invent new organizational structures and processes. And as usual, there was very little in the way of suggestions for how to do that. John shook his head in frustration and opened his laptop. “Might as well get back to my 300 other emails,” he thought....

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