10 Ways To Work Better

Being productive and learning to do things better are needed at every level in the workplace. With time and competition hot on your heels, you have to zone into the right things and tune out the unnecessary. I liked this list I saw on a blackboard in a photo in a magazine, and have added my commentary to each of the action points.
  1. Do one thing at a time
    Multitasking is over-rated. Do one thing, do it well, then move to the next thing. Focus, commitment, discipline.
  2. Know the problem
    If you want to start with the answer, you have to understand the problem.
  3. Learn to listen
    If you don’t listen you don’t learn.
  4. Learn to ask questions
    Ignorance is voluntary. Change it. Ask. And follow Don Miguel Ruiz’s advice. Never assume. Ask.
  5. Distinguish sense from nonsense
    Focus on what really matters and don’t get distracted by the things that don’t.
  6. Accept changes as inevitable
    Be prepared. Be adaptable and pragmatic. Surf the wave of change.
  7. Admit mistakes
    Fail Fast. Learn Fast. Fix Fast.
  8. Say it simple
    If people can’t understand what you’re saying, you’ve got it wrong.
  9. Be calm
    Stay cool, calm and collected under pressure. Don’t take it personally.
  10. Smile
    It goes a long way.

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Kevin Roberts

Kevin Roberts is founder of Red Rose Consulting; business leader and educator; author and speaker; adviser on marketing, creative thinking and leadership.


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