Friday Focus Archives

  • The Dark Side of Resilience

    Resilience is a highly sought-after personality trait in the modern workplace. But could too much resilience be a bad thing?   Large-scale scientific studies suggest that even adaptive competencies become maladaptive if taken to the extreme. Indeed, scientific reviews show that most people waste an enormous amount of time persisting with unrealistic goals, a phenomenon called the “false ...
  • How to Decide Which Tasks to Delegate

    Wondering how to decide which tasks to delegate to your team? Conduct an audit using the six T’s!   Tiny:Tasks that are so small they seem inconsequential to tackle and take you out of the flow of more strategic work. Tedious:Tasks that are relatively simple probably are not the best use of your time. Time-Consuming:Tasks that are time-consuming and ...
  • The 1-Hour Weekend Activity That Will Totally Change Your Week

    While the weekend is a time for relaxation, it might be wise to set aside one hour during the weekend to map out the upcoming week. Here’s the four-step approach to planning your upcoming week.   Review the previous week. Think of this step as performing an audit on yourself.  Get all of your ideas out of your ...
  • We Built Time Twister to Solve Your No Time Problem. Here’s How.

    We are on a mission to solve your “No time” problem and here’s how Time Twister became one of the solutions!    We call it Time Twister because of its core purpose of saving time. But the name is also reflective of how we “twist” work hours, well away from the norm, to bring you Time Twister ...
  • Your Brain Can Only Take So Much Focus

    The ability to focus is an important driver of excellence. But can the opposite be true as well? This week we look at how “unfocus” can help build creativity and better decision making (along with a few ways you can add unfocus to your day!):   Focused techniques such as to-do lists, timetables, and calendar reminders all help ...
  • Use a Compass Not a Map for Future Success

    The future is impossible to predict with perfect accuracy. So, how do leaders forge ahead into this uncharted territory? They ditch the map and use a compass! This week, we look at how compass leadership may be the way forward:   Before the Internet, life seemed simpler, easier to grasp. People in positions of power gave their employees ...
  • A Face-to-Face Request Is 34 Times More Successful than an Email

    Research suggests that requests made in person are more effective than those made over email. How much more effective? Well, according to this piece by Vanessa Bohns, 34 times more effective!   Despite the reach of email, asking in person is the significantly more effective approach; you need to ask six people in person to equal the ...
  • Do vs. Done Lists: Jot Down Your Small Wins to Amplify Success

    To-Do lists are great tools for productivity, but only looking at what you have to do  can increase stress or anxiety and cloud creative thought. The solution? Keep a done list to log what you’ve accomplished!   It’s interesting to note that according to research, having a sense of making progress with work that matters to us is ...
  • Why Deep Work Matters in a Distracted World

    From the moment we wake in the morning, we’re tempted. Reach for the phone. Check texts. Read email. So, how do we get anything important done? Enter “Deep Work”.   The idea of ‘deep work’ is nothing new. The term was recently coined by Cal Newport, a professor, scientist, and author of “Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success ...
  • What is Frontier Research?

    Frontier Research is built around its founder, Amal Sanderatne’s, belief that time is our most valuable resource and his views on how to make better use of it. He believes it is essential that individuals maximise their time, in the ways that are important to them. In another installment from our blog, we answer the question ...
  • The One Easy Daily Habit That Makes Life More Awesome

    Last week, we shared a video on one man’s equation of happiness. This week, we’ll look at one of the easiest things you can do to live a happier life in this piece by Laura Vanderkam:   In the late spring of 2012, I created a file on my laptop called “Best Summer Ever.” Each day, I’d write ...
  • The Equation of Happiness

    How would you define happiness? This week, we break from our usual format and bring you a video!   Click here to see Mo Gawdat, an Executive at Google, describe his “equation of happiness” on Channel 4 News.   “Happiness is not about what the World gives you , happiness is about what you think about what the ...
  • “Start with Why” by Simon Sinek: Useful Insights by Amal Sanderatne – Week 2

    Last week, we looked at whether it was enough to have a great WHY and why it is so difficult to describe your companies WHY. This week, we return to our blog, for a few more of our CEO, Amal Sanderatne’s handpicked insights into Simon Sinek’s book ‘Start with why’:   “WHY” people need “HOW” people to succeed “WHY ...
  • “Start with Why” by Simon Sinek: Useful Insights by Amal Sanderatne – Week 1

    Last week, we looked at our CEO, Amal Sanderatne’s thoughts on Simon Sinek’s book ‘Start with why’ and how that related to finding Frontier’s WHY. This week, we go into more depth with Amal’s handpicked insights from the book:   To fully grasp Sinek’s concept we need to identify the WHY, HOW and WHAT in a COMPANY. The ...
  • “Start with Why” by Simon Sinek: My Reflections by Amal Sanderatne

    WHY do you do what you do? It’s an important question that many struggle to find the answer for. In the words of Simon Sinek – “People don’t buy WHAT you do, they buy WHY you do it.” This week, we return to our blog, to share our CEO, Amal Sanderatne’s thoughts on Frontier’s WHY:   “People ...