Top 12 of 2012: Productivity, IT, and Leadership

Another year is coming to an end – and what a year it’s been! To wrap up 2012, here are the 12 most popular posts on westXdesign for the past 12 months on topics covering productivity, technology, careers, time management, and leadership.

I hope you find the tips and ideas here helpful in your pursuit of better time management, less stress, and a more successful life!

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12. 5 Essential Leadership Skills
– Leadership

Today’s leaders and employees have new challenges – while technology can make us more effective, the importance of trust and establishing long-term relationships can’t be stressed enough. These skills go beyond technology…  read “5 Essential Leadership Skills

11. 2 Things Not To Do At Your Main Work Space –
Personal Productivity, Creativity

Your ‘workstation’ or ‘work space’ is that place you have where you do your work. Whether it be in a cubby in the corner, a cubicle, or an office on the top floor, there some things that just shouldn’t be done while sitting (or standing for those lucky folks with standing desks…) at that main workstation. **This one got some very snide remarks on twitter.  Please keep in mind I am talking about CREATIVE thinking. 🙂 … . read “2 Things Not To Do At Your Main Work Space”

10. Questions To Ask During Your Job Interview, and what NOT to ask
– Career, Success

Many job candidates are not as prepared to ask interviewers questions as they are to ANSWER questions. The questions you ask a hiring manager are very important and weigh heavily in their ultimate decision on whom to hire. And asking the right questions will help you know more about the company and position you are applying for. …read “Questions To Ask During Your Job Interview, and what NOT to ask”

9. 4 Tips to Keep Your Brain On The Job
– Personal Productivity

The number of hours we work without interruption is inversely related to how much we accomplish. It’s called brain-fatigue, but there are simple things you can do to maintain your focus, and keep your brain on the job throughout the work day and increase your productivity …read “4 Tips to Keep Your Brain On The Job”

8. Long-term employees are not the norm [infographic]
– Career

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 12 percent of Americans 16 years and older have been with their current employer for more than ten years. How does your career compare? If you’ve reached the five-year mark, then you have already been with your employer longer than the average American stays with the same company. …read “Long-term employees are not the norm [infographic]”

7. 10 Characteristics of the “New Workstyle”
– IT, Career, Personal Productivity

Unlike workflow defined by static process for everyone to follow, workstyle is unique to the individual, using information, technology, and connections as needed. Gist lists 10 characteristics of the New Workstyle. While I wouldn’t agree with calling it a “new” workstyle, the list does highlight what I see as an emerging mindset among individuals with high productivity rates. …read “10 Characteristics of the New Workstyle”

6. 2012 IT Salary and Skills [infographic]
– Career

Here’s a great look at the state of IT salaries and skills in 2012 Is your salary average for your geographic area and area of expertise? …read “2012 IT Salary and Skills [infographic]”

5. 10 Things Not To Do While On A Consulting Job
– Career

Disparing remarks about another’s work, shortcuts, not documenting the work done… these are just a couple of the ways you can ensure your reputation isn’t a good one. …read “10 Things Not To Do While On A Consulting Job”

4. 10 Ways to Manage Your Time Better
– Personal Productivity

Improve your personal productivity with these 10 tips …read “10 Ways to Manage Your Time Better”

3. 7 Signs of a Great Boss
– Leadership

Identifying a great boss will benefit you, no matter where you are: “the boss” can make any job a nightmare, as I’m sure many of you have already learned from first hand experience. And if you are in a leadership position, keep these in mind to help strengthen your role as a good leader. And if you are looking to hire a boss, make sure you hire a GREAT one. … read “7 Signs of a Great Boss”

2. 7 Work Habits That Are Taking Their Toll On Your Productivity
– Personal Productivity

Putting in extra hours, skipping meals, not exercising… I know I’m guilty. “Workaholics” often think they are getting more done by going to work sick, cutting back on sleep, and not going to annual check-ups with their doctor, but in reality they are severely impacting their performance and productivity, both today and in the future. …read “7 Work Habits That Are Taking Their Toll On Your Productivity”

and the most popular post of 2012…

1. 10 signs that you aren’t cut out for IT
– IT, Career

It’s a tough world out there. Anyone who’s ever worked in IT knows just how tough it is. And if you’re not totally up for the challenge, there will always be someone else who is. But for anyone considering getting into the world of IT, or for those considering getting out of IT… how do you know? …read “10 signs that you aren’t cut out for IT”


 I hope everyone has a safe, happy new year’s eve, and I look forward to 2013 – I hope you will be there with me as we explore more ways to increase personal productivity, improve leadership skills, and use technology to better our lives!




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