Top 13 of 2013: Productivity, IT, and Leadership

The top 13 posts of 2013 from westXdesign covering productivity, work, leadership, and more.


Another year… hard to believe it. Time goes by so quickly, and I often wonder if I’m doing the things I need to do, or if I’m just filling my days with meaningless busy-work that isn’t benefiting anyone, not even me. Perhaps this year I get serious about doing something about that. And maybe you should too. We aren’t guaranteed another day, much less another year. Be happy now. Happy New Year!

7 Things To Avoid To Protect Your Career And Reputation

Are you committing these trust and reputation killers? Because these seven things should be applied across all aspects of your life, and if you are guilty of them, they will do more than just ruin your career.

Be a Better Co-Worker

I’m sure each of us has rolled our eyes in frustration, or sighed in irritation at the antics of a co-worker. But what if “that” co-worker is YOU?

Become a Great Finisher

Do you or someone you know suffer from being a great starter when it comes to projects, but then taper off and never really reach the end well? Don’t feel bad, it’s very common. But with some effort, you can turn it around and become a Great Finisher!

Being in a Leadership Role Does Not Make a Leader

Too often, people occupy positions of leadership, but they aren’t leaders. Just because they have the title doesn’t mean they are worthy of being called a ‘leader’.

How do you know if YOU are worthy of being called a leader? 5 questions to help you judge for yourself if you are worthy of being called a leader.

Common Time Wasters at Work

A couple days ago I told you that time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time, but today I am going to ask you pay close attention to the things that are TRULY wasting time, especially at work.

Work Personalities That Kill Productivity [Infographic]

Unless you are lucky enough to have a department all to yourself, or better yet, run your own business, you have been in the presence of “one of those people” that simply drives you nuts at work. They exaggerate,  butt-kiss, slack, disagree with everything, say things will never work… you get the idea. Worse than being annoying and making your work life less than fun, they suck the productivity right out of a team.

10 signs that you aren’t cut out for IT

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?


There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.

Do something.

Say something.

Be something

Basic Leadership Skills

Different leadership skills are needed for different positions, but these are all necessary if you want to be an effective leader.

The Underachiever Explained

… self-handicapping is when we put constraints in place before doing something, which we can subsequently use as excuses in case we fail in the future.

12 Principles of Collaboration

What makes working together more successful.

Trust, Leadership, & Employee Engagement [infographic]

“Employee Engagement” has been a hot topic – but what exactly is it? According to the research, 3 things help improve employee engagement:

  • clarity about expectations and goals,
  • resources to meet those expectations,
  • and feedback from managers about how employees are doing in meeting them.

And the top post of 2013…

7 Ways Management Can Boost Employee Productivity

Most employees want to be part of a team, not just a member of an organization.

7 steps management can take to improve productivity.


Happy New Year!
Here’s to another year of GETTING THE RIGHT THINGS DONE!





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