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PRODUCTIVITY Seek & Destroy Your Team's 
KILLERS 
by Marissa Brassfield
01 
Meeting Madness 
Hacking work periods into pieces 
Calendar software inflates meeting length 
Unnecessary "FYI" and basic status update meetings 
Fragmented free time for high-value work
If you had to identify, in one word, the 
reason why the human race has not 
achieved, and never will achieve, its full 
potential, that word would be "meetings." 
D A V E B A R R Y
01 | MEETING MADNESS 
ACTION STEPS 
1 Limit Meetings to 10-, 20- or 40-min Intervals 
2 Only Use Meetings to Make Decisions 
3 Review/Clear Standing Meetings Every 90 Days
02 
Email Overload 
Drowning in others' agenda items 
Asynchronous messaging in synchronic situations 
Messages that don't initiate or facilitate progress 
Long-winded messages bloated with context
If the only way you could read an email 
was to run a mile first, the urge would 
quickly die. 
A N D R E W W E I L
02 | EMAIL OVERLOAD 
ACTION STEPS 
1 Omit Unnecessary Context & Offer 5-min Follow-Up Calls 
2 Only Use Emails to Catalyze Progress 
3 Keep Emails Short and Scannable (<5 sentences)
03 
Burnout 
Incinerating energy and passion 
Exhaustion, frustration and mental fog 
Lack of creativity and innovation 
Micromanagement, poor decisions, rash judgment
I actually think burnout is the wrong 
description of it. I think it's burn up. 
Physiologically, that's what you're doing 
because of the chronic stress being 
placed on your body. 
R I C H A R D B O Y A T Z I S
03 | BURNOUT 
ACTION STEPS 
1 Fully Unplug Every Night, Take Real Weekends 
2 Focus on Getting Quality Sleep Every Night 
3 Meditate, Connect and Seek Support From Loved Ones
04 
Stagnation 
Choking out innovation 
No interest in striving to improve 
Resistance to change and innovation 
Helplessness and futile attitude
Success breeds complacency. 
Complacency breeds failure. 
Only the paranoid survive. 
A N D Y G R O V E
04 | STAGNATION 
ACTION STEPS 
1 Adopt and Incentivize a "Destroy to Create" Attitude 
2 Reinvent a Core Process, System or Protocol Every 90 Days 
3 Track & Analyze Quantifiable Performance Metrics
05 
Motivation 
Starvation of inspiration 
Disconnection with your "why" 
Lack of commitment and follow-through 
Withdrawing from the job and colleagues
When you look at people who are 
successful, you will find that they aren't 
the people who are motivated, but have 
consistency in their motivation. 
A R S E N E W E N G E R
05 | MOTIVATION 
ACTION STEPS 
1 Identify Your "Why," Connect With It Throughout the Day 
2 Recognize & Express Gratitude Every Day 
3 Address Personal Needs: Eat Well, Exercise, Sleep, Connect
Stay 
CONNECTED 
Join Our Community of 
High-Performance Professionals 
RIDICULOUSLYEFFICIENT.COM

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Seek & Destroy Your Team's Productivity Killers

  • 1. PRODUCTIVITY Seek & Destroy Your Team's KILLERS by Marissa Brassfield
  • 2. 01 Meeting Madness Hacking work periods into pieces Calendar software inflates meeting length Unnecessary "FYI" and basic status update meetings Fragmented free time for high-value work
  • 3. If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be "meetings." D A V E B A R R Y
  • 4. 01 | MEETING MADNESS ACTION STEPS 1 Limit Meetings to 10-, 20- or 40-min Intervals 2 Only Use Meetings to Make Decisions 3 Review/Clear Standing Meetings Every 90 Days
  • 5. 02 Email Overload Drowning in others' agenda items Asynchronous messaging in synchronic situations Messages that don't initiate or facilitate progress Long-winded messages bloated with context
  • 6. If the only way you could read an email was to run a mile first, the urge would quickly die. A N D R E W W E I L
  • 7. 02 | EMAIL OVERLOAD ACTION STEPS 1 Omit Unnecessary Context & Offer 5-min Follow-Up Calls 2 Only Use Emails to Catalyze Progress 3 Keep Emails Short and Scannable (<5 sentences)
  • 8. 03 Burnout Incinerating energy and passion Exhaustion, frustration and mental fog Lack of creativity and innovation Micromanagement, poor decisions, rash judgment
  • 9. I actually think burnout is the wrong description of it. I think it's burn up. Physiologically, that's what you're doing because of the chronic stress being placed on your body. R I C H A R D B O Y A T Z I S
  • 10. 03 | BURNOUT ACTION STEPS 1 Fully Unplug Every Night, Take Real Weekends 2 Focus on Getting Quality Sleep Every Night 3 Meditate, Connect and Seek Support From Loved Ones
  • 11. 04 Stagnation Choking out innovation No interest in striving to improve Resistance to change and innovation Helplessness and futile attitude
  • 12. Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive. A N D Y G R O V E
  • 13. 04 | STAGNATION ACTION STEPS 1 Adopt and Incentivize a "Destroy to Create" Attitude 2 Reinvent a Core Process, System or Protocol Every 90 Days 3 Track & Analyze Quantifiable Performance Metrics
  • 14. 05 Motivation Starvation of inspiration Disconnection with your "why" Lack of commitment and follow-through Withdrawing from the job and colleagues
  • 15. When you look at people who are successful, you will find that they aren't the people who are motivated, but have consistency in their motivation. A R S E N E W E N G E R
  • 16. 05 | MOTIVATION ACTION STEPS 1 Identify Your "Why," Connect With It Throughout the Day 2 Recognize & Express Gratitude Every Day 3 Address Personal Needs: Eat Well, Exercise, Sleep, Connect
  • 17. Stay CONNECTED Join Our Community of High-Performance Professionals RIDICULOUSLYEFFICIENT.COM