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Written By Anastasia Ramsay May 16, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Productivity habits the most successful people use

Yes, you read right! This is a sequel to our super-popular post “The 11productivity habits the most successful people use (and how you can adopt them)”.

We received such great feedback on the first post that we thought we would give the people more of what they wanted… because no one wants to pen an unread blog post!

So, without further unproductive ramble, here are 8 more habits successful people implement!

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Written By Priscila Bernardes May 9, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Is your business stuck in the Excel hell? Stop it now!

You would see it almost every day: those endless reports, those endless astoundingly complex worksheets shared around the office by the local ‘Excel Power User’, a person that usually gets paid to keep spreadsheets alive. The bigger the company, the more spreadsheets, and the more Excel gets used.

Before you stop reading OR pick up the phone to ring me, let me just make things clear: We are not here to propose that you stop using your loved spreadsheets!

We’d never advocate the banning of one of the most useful tools ever to enter the workplace, and doing so would in any event result in a massive surge of shadow IT. But… Excel Hell is real!

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Apr 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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5 tips to make your employees, and your business happier

You probably won’t be surprised to hear that studies have shown that workplace happiness spikes productivity levels by 12%, while unhappy workers productivity levels dip by 10%.

But how can small business, often constrained by time, resources and money, incentivise a happier work place?

There are many ways to increase employee health and happiness, and in this post we share the top 5 initiatives we are focusing on, here at Lancom. 


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Written By Anastasia Ramsay Apr 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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The 11 productivity habits the most successful people use

Often, we get stuck in our daily routines and habits, and we don’t think to evaluate how the ingrained, automatic aspects of our day can affect how productive our days, weeks, months and years are.

Sometimes, all it takes is seeing how someone else gets the most out of their days, to make us revaluate how we use our time.

So, we have compiled a list of the top 11 habits that the most productive people incorporate into their daily lives for you to ponder! 

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Written By Anastasia Ramsay Mar 28, 2017 9:30:00 AM

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Why analytics is a big deal (and how you can get in on the action)

What’s the ‘power to know’ worth? (Yes, we know that’s the slogan of a business intelligence vendor…SAS, to be specific). Ask most people and they will easily agree that accurate information, as detailed as the situation demands, is invaluable.

That’s why data analytics is tipped for big things by the likes of Gartner. The growth in spend, to over US$18-billion this year, is matched by the positive attitude which business leaders have towards concepts like big data (which is a branch of analytics). 85 percent of them believe it will dramatically change the way they do business. 

There’s good reason for all that positivity. Analytic tools take raw data and turn it into valuable information to support decisions made by people. Combine gut feel with data insights and amazing things can happen: customers can be better served, problems anticipated and prevented, performance tracked and managed ‘at the minute’, products developed more effectively and at lower cost – and much, much more.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Mar 7, 2017 9:30:00 AM

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Want to Build a Business Cloud Strategy? Follow These 4 Steps

Getting your business into the cloud can happen by stealth or it can happen through conscious direction and effort – in other words, by strategy. That’s by far the better approach, as it means you have a level of control, can understand the advantages and challenges, and manage any risks. It also means you can apply our four top tips to bear in mind when building your cloud strategy.

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Written By Anastasia Ramsay Jan 31, 2017 11:30:00 AM

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Low Productivity? These 5 apps are guaranteed to help

If you want to increase your productivity, you’re not alone. We love employing the latest apps to automate repetitive, laborious tasks and free our brains up to tackle the “bigger” problems.

There are countless apps available for iPhone or Android that act like personal assistants by automating time consuming tasks or by allowing you to multitask (when performing routine, habitual stuff like cleaning). With them, your brain is free to engage or absorb more info!

By embracing technology and adding a few apps into your daily life, you can completely overhaul your levels of productivity and give yourself the cutting edge amongst your colleagues. To back this up, a study looking at over 240 enterprises has found that when people use mobile apps specifically designed to get their work done, it increases productivity by 45%. 

On that note, we’ve compiled a list of must-have apps to start you off. These are our favourites and we’re sure you’ll love them, too!

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Jan 10, 2017 9:20:00 AM

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Know the differences: deep learning, machine learning and AI

Along with the concepts of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), deep learning (DL) has zoomed into business discourse as a promising technique to advance the capabilities of software and drive further automation and convenience. But what are the similarities and differences between these closely related constructs?

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Nov 29, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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How to boost your referral systems in 4 simple steps

Referrals are the best recommendation for your business as they easily prove the value you add from the perspective of a happy customer. That cuts straight through all the marketing, advertising and sales noise to tell prospects what they really need to know. After all, business owners trust other business owners, so a recommendation is something of a seal of approval which can’t be matched by an advert.

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Written By Priscila Bernardes Nov 22, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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5 ways to boost operational efficiency in 2017

It’s the time of year where we all start to consider resolutions whether it’s exercising more, eating healthier or finally moving to that dream job. Your organisation shouldn’t be treated any differently and we’ve created a short list to let you trim the fat and start fresh in 2017.


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