The Challenge of Professional Writing

“Good writing is clear thinking made visible.” – Bill Wheeler

I write awesome emails. Well, at least that is the feedback that I have received. Don’t get me wrong – I have been prudently coached on how to write awesome email messages. Not to let all that coaching go to waste, I have perfected the art over the last 15 years of my professional life. Now the time has come to share the wealth. Let’s make the world better – one email message at a time.   Continue reading “The Challenge of Professional Writing”

The Challenge of Records Management

“Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.” – Anton Chekhov

The first link that comes up when you google “records retention” is IRS.gov. Sounds kind of important, right? But how often throughout your day do you think about records retention? While most of us probably have some kind of method for keeping papers from piling up on our desks, most of us do not think about how our actions fit into the bigger picture of the enterprise records management.  Continue reading “The Challenge of Records Management”

The Challenge of Wellness: Stand tall

Stay on your feet during your next work confab. It may pay off in the inspiration department. Standing triggers the fight-or-flight response, which preps the body to act, making you more engaged and creative, a study from Washington University in Saint Louis suggests. Plus, you are less territorial when you are not sitting in a chair – and more willing to share your ideas, explains study author Andrew Knight, Ph.D.

Source: Fitness magazine, March 2015

The Challenge of Wellness: “I am excited!”

“I am excited!” This phrase will get you through a grueling day. Repeat it three times when you’re facing a scary-long to-do list and you’ll feel as if you have more time to accomplish the tasks, findings in the Journal of Marketing Research suggest. Juggling multiple goals can stress you out, which in turn makes you feel rushed, even if you actually have more than enough hours to get everything done, explains lead researcher Jordan Etkin, Ph.D. Reframing your anxiety as enthusiasm can lift that time-crunched panic and therefore motivate you to dive in.

Source: Shape magazine, June 2015

The Challenge of Wellness: See More Green

Here’s an easy trick for killing it at the office: Get a desk plant. It can boost your concentration and make you 15 percent more productive, according to a new study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology. The reason is still a mystery, though it may be because the color green has been linked to creativity or because plants can improve air quality. Try a hardy variety like a Chinese evergreen or a ZZ plant.

Source: Fitness magazine, February 2015

The Challenge of Records Management: The Human Face of Big Data

A term that I have been hearing a lot lately is “Big Data”. It could be simply due to the nature of my job, of course. On the other hand, “Big Data” seems to come up after working hours just as much. One thing no one seems to  agree on is what in the world is this “Big Data”. Continue reading “The Challenge of Records Management: The Human Face of Big Data”