New Rule: No unproductive meetings in 2018!

  The average meeting, without any travel involved, costs about $685. We attend on average two meetings per day. That’s a lot of time spent in meetings. It’s no wonder that 91% of people admit to day-dreaming through meetings (sources include Verizon and Atlassian). How productive are your meetings? Which meetings you attend ...


Coffee Meetings: Good or Bad for Productivity?

  In 2017 I had quite a few people reach out and ask to pick my brains or want a coffee meeting. I said yes to all of them and as 2017 started to wind down and I reflected on the year, I noticed two distinct lessons from those coffee meetings. Some ...


Reflect

  I recently wrote about achievement and also finishing 2017 strong. To quickly recap: Achievement… ✓ reinforces good habits ✓ confirms your knowledge and skills ✓ gives you credibility ✓ bonds the team to continue doing good work And to finish the year productive and strong, not burnt out and exhausted, be sure to prioritise and stop ...


Like watching grass mow!

  Delegation, done right, is not a dump and run as you pass by an employee’s workstation or desk. Delegation, done right, is not about dumping and disappearing leaving the employee to work out the finer details, or worse, try and fix errors that are above their authority. Delegation, done right, can be ...


STOP! Multitasking

  Transcript: IF YOU WANT TO GET YOUR WORK DONE FASTER, STOP MULTITASKING! Did you know that you lose up to 40% of productivity when you multitask? 40%. Can you afford to lose 40%? I know I can't. One of the things when it comes to multitasking is that we're actually really, really ...


Finish the year strong!

  The tinsel is up, the twinkle lights are decorating our night skylines, the party invites are in and the continual hangover season has well and truly started. This time of year means parties and celebrations and for some it can’t come soon enough. For others it’s a small personal hell.   Burn ...


Your start impacts your productivity

  When I was a teenager I took to heart the phrase "Start as you mean to go on." I would start projects with the equal amounts of determination and force and I would hold strong until the project was done. This was the start of a strongly held habit in me that, ...


Multitasking and Productivity, a step deeper.

  Multitasking: I'm constantly stumped by the number of people who think they're great at it and wear it like it's a badge of honour.  Multitasking is like a drug: it might give you a sense of excitement for being busy and having that 'rush' but the reality is it's costing you: time, ...


Achievement and Productivity

  Achievement is like the cherry on top, the sugar that makes the medicine go down, the one secret herb or spice ... okay, enough metaphors. Achievement helps to reinforce good habits, set new neural pathways for progress, contributes to motivation for continued efforts for increased and improved productivity. Many studies, especially ...


It’s not brain surgery but…

  "I know I need to enage my team more, this stuff really isn't brain surgery, is it, Sally?" ... plus... "I guess I should be more present with my team. It's not really rocket science after all." ... these two phrases I've heard quite a few times from Kevin, a productivity coaching client. Kevin is ...


Managing Expectations is Productive

  Although Matthew was a horrible boss, in regards to lacking charm and manners, the one thing you never were confused about was what he expected! In some regards it made working for him a little bit more bearable given his distinct lack of kindness. Whenever we chatted about work and ...


Tell Can Repel Productivity

  Telling, irrespective of the intention, often has the counter-intuitive impact on engagement and therefore slowing attempts at boosting productivity. Asking builds engagement because asking invites participation. Coaching has a long history, which can be traced back to Socrates, who believed that individuals learn best when they have ownership of a situation and take ...


A day off is a day off!

  A day off is exactly that, a day off! According to National Occupational Health and Safety Commission figures, workplace accidents and diseases may cost the Australian economy $37 billion. However, this figure may be an underestimate. This is because the costs of workplace stress are not included in these figures. It ...


Stop Chasing Your Tail!

Have you ever caught yourself thinking or saying: "If I've told them once, I've told them a hundred times how to do it..." "S/he keeps coming to me with the same problem and I've told them what they should do to fix it." If you're sick of sounding like, and being like, a ...


Scheduling YOU!

When I ask my audiences and individual clients to write down the five most important people in their lives, almost 95% of them write their partners, spouses and family members, then friends. A few people write their own name but never do they write it first on the list. Schedule you ...


Action can be a challenge for productivity

It might seem blatantly obvious that to be productive, to achieve a goal, finish a project, make a sale, or deliver a service, action is required. If you’ve ever felt unmotivated you know it’s a real challenge to take action. Mark was a productivity client of mine who complained about lacking ...


Accountability is needed for productivity

When it comes to achieving the results you want, or the results expected of your role, your leaders, your team, accountability is key. Without accountability you: ⚠️ chase your tail, ⚠️  procrastinate, ⚠️ get distracted, and ⚠️ maybe best of all your mind creates the most amazing excuses (that, by the way, only you believe)! With accountability, especially ...


What they don’t tell you about S.M.A.R.T. Goals…it’s all about review and execution!

I'm sure you've heard of SMART goals, maybe you've received some training on goal setting showing how to write SMART goals, and as a concept, it's been around for a very long time. Google tells me that George Doran, Arthur Miller, and James Cunningham wrote, "There's a S.M.A.R.T. way to ...


You Are A Role Model?: if want a more productive team then act like it!

It might be timely to stop and consider how you are perceived by others, especially those who look to you for direction, support or guidance either explicitly or implicitly. What are you doing to be the best role model your team needs to see, hear, feel, understand, believe in, in order ...


A hidden productivity helper in your meetings

  Background: As part of a laser sharp (quick and targeted) coaching session, a business owner was describing their frustration with the amount of time taken in meetings and the low level of engagement during meetings. The business owner described what and how they wanted to discuss issues in a meeting with ...


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Sean Grabbelaar, Retail Manager & Start Up Entrepreneur

It was a pleasure to work with Sally Foley-Lewis on a project where Sally organised over 120 attendees for a training seminar with four speakers. Sally’s approach was professional, supportive, friendly and informative before, during and after the event. Sally ran the seminar and her approach as a MC was of the highest of standards.

Adrienne McLean, Helping Professionals Get More Clients

Sally was the MC and presented at a skills forum where I was also presenting. Sally’s engagement with the participants was a delight to watch and equally to experience. The content of her session was high quality and demanded attention. Her humour and warmth made her presentation very memorable.

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Sally Foley-Lewis coordinated an excellent Resilience, Confidence & Self-Esteem Seminar for a large group of public speakers. I recommend Sally as a leader who is supportive, informative and highly professional.

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I was so pleased and honoured that you accepted our invitation to present as the opening keynote speaker. I knew your presentation would be engaging and thought provoking – but you completely exceeded any expectations with regards to your humour, candid approach and the quality and depth of the information you provided.

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