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Dave Crenshaw has appeared in TIME magazine, Forbes, and on MSN Money. He has been interviewed on radio and TV stations across North America and is the President of the National Association of Productivity Coaches. His first book, The Myth of Multitasking: How ‘Doing It All’ Gets Nothing Done, has been published in six languages and is a time management best seller. His latest book, Invaluable: The Secret to Becoming Irreplaceable, was published in May by Jossey-Bass. Dave is an expert in helping you and your business become invaluable and has helped thousands of clients worldwide.

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What do you think has a higher likelihood of earning a promotion: taking a vacation or powering through work and forgoing vacation? As it turns out, devoting time to having fun is a critical component in your professional success. Employees who take vacations are more likely to receive a raise or get promoted. Actually using … Continue
Does something as small as a 2% uptick in productivity yield any noticeable changes? The truth of time is that everyone is limited to the same twenty-four hours per day. Yet by making small tweaks to increase your productivity by just two percentage points, you can have the gift of extra time. How much? How … Continue reading "The 2%
I recently witnessed an act of compassion and friendship so unexpected, it moved me to tears. And it happened in a very unlikely place: Pelican Bay super-maximum security prison. I support a program called Defy Ventures, an organization that works with inmates and those recently released from prison who have the drive to someday become … Continue
What happens when you and your manager aren’t aligned? It’s one thing to free yourself from the bad habit of multi-tasking, re-think your work routines and watch your productivity skyrocket. But what do you do when your colleagues–or even your manager–don’t exactly have the same time management skills that you do? You
When you really want to inspire change and growth in others, what kinds of questions do you ask them? Ones that require reflection and thought, or those that are more of the yes/no variety? The management strategy of asking more participatory questions reminds me of a certain Calvin and Hobbes cartoon. Calvin has—not surprisingly—got
  I heard the most ridiculous word the other day. In fact, it was more than ridiculous—it was dirty. Maybe you’ve heard it, too. The word is “foci.” Foci is the plural of “focus.” Yeah, you heard right. The plural. Of focus. Did you get a chuckle out of that, too? This oxymoronic overture is …

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Entrepreneurs everywhere are giving a whole new meaning to the phrase, “I need a little distance,” by putting employees to work remotely. And whether they’re seeking space or savings, it’s vital to make employees working from home work for the business. Keep your employees engaged from afar with these three tips for building – or […]The post 3
“Ladies and gentleman! Step right up and place your bets! The name of the game is ‘Marketing Roulette’ and a jackpot is waiting for you… if Lady Luck is on your side!” If that’s the voice in your head when you review your marketing plan, you’re not crazy, you’re just thinking short-term. An
We all know that marketing your small business is essential to getting results, but targeting that market is just as important. When done successfully, businesses are like sharpshooters on the History Channel: wielding their marketing weapons with precision, hitting their mark, and enjoying a quick return on investment. When done poorly? It’
The most effective method for small businesses to get new sales? Direct marketing. But most small business owners fail to understand direct marketing, let alone use it or use it correctly. The result? Chaos. Today I’m divulging my Four Direct Marketing Mistakes Business Owners Make… for a limited time only, of course. Click to tweet […] The
Systems are critical to the success of your small business, because they create consistent results. Yet entrepreneurs have a passion for freedom and flexibility. If consistency is critical, but individuality is invaluable, what’s an entrepreneur to do? Error. Does not compute. Focus on this video for 63 seconds to learn my program for
Even the savviest small business owners have trouble when it comes to effectively cutting costs. Poor penny-pinching decisions can turn cutting costs into cutting off the hand that feeds you. So, forget everything you thought you knew about expenses and spend a mere 90 seconds learning about investments. Then get ready to grab those profits [

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The most powerful way to master a skill is the one thing most people seek to avoid: Practice. Practice? Practice?! Yes, Allan Iverson from 2002…we’re talking about practice. Specifically, the character-building process of repetition. Consider the skills you never really think about anymore. Perhaps your fine motor skills. As a baby,
Not every customer is your dream customer. In fact, some can siphon the focus right out of you. First, a quick confession: I’m a big geek who plays video games almost every day. Scheduling time for leisure helps me manage my day more effectively. I both work and play on my Xidax computer. Xidax allows geeks … Continue reading "