Posts Tagged 'business'

Brainstorming is like Teaching

Brainstorming is like teaching.  On the surface there is little difference between what an excellent teacher does and what a poor teacher does.  The magic happens in subtle imperceptible ways.  Similarly,  when running a brainstorming session,  the difference is not immediately obvious.

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Achieving greatness in your work

This is not so much a post on how you can transform yourself into someone great but a look at how you can greatly improve the outcome of yoru projects and tasks.  (Though obviously in doing so you will ultimately achieve the former which is good too.)  It is not a silver bullet but a means by which you can project yourself forward on a path of constant improvement.

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Develop habits, not processes

People like to have processes and procedures for doing things.  It makes life easier and safer because you have a structure to follow.  At the same time however this can reduce your potential for creativity.   If you want to create a better environment to foster creativity then you should look at establishing habits.

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Your Workflow is Art

Everyone is unique in the way they go about achieving things.  Everything you do is unique and special in it’s own way.  This can be in a little way,  or this can be in a big way.  It all depends on what you are doing and how much you want to take control of what it is that you are doing.  However you approach it,  the workflow you end up with is art. Continue reading ‘Your Workflow is Art’

Refine or rebuild

You have a problem and it needs solving.  You have a current solution but it isn’t quite there.  You think that to refine the existing solution isn’t going to cut it.  A more elegant solution could be found by cutting your losses and starting over,  to rebuild from scratch.  Your boss however doesn’t want to do that as it will cost too much and potentially take a lot longer.  Let’s look at this from both sides of the argument. Continue reading ‘Refine or rebuild’

Change your Job without actually changing your Job

I want you to reflect a bit on what it is that you do in your day to day work.  Now I want you to summarise this into one sentence.  I’m willing to bet that your sentence is of a materialistic nature.  Something along the lines of.  “I develop software”  or  “I create marketing campaigns for a marketing firm”  or   “I manage a team creating product X”.  We’re going to look at this from a different point of view and see how it changes the way you feel about your job.  See if it improves your job satisfaction.

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Whiteboard – A simple collaboration and productivity tool

A whiteboard is an awesome tool.  It can achieve so much with so little effort.  It can enhance productivity and really engage people and stimulate collaboration.  And yet it is a tool that many people don’t take advantage of.  In fact,  it can be even better than the mighty pen and paper.

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An easier lifestyle

Our lifestyles are increasingly getting faster paced.  The number of things we have to keep track of is increasing.  Complexity is growing.  Yet wasn’t technology supposed to make everything easier?  Why do we find ouselves having less and less time despite having technology that can do more and more for us?

I think a large part of it has to do with the process.  Let’s say a piece of technology, X, is created and it allow you to do a certain task, A, in 1/2 the time it used to take.  So the company you work for buys X and gives it to you who is doing task A and says something along the lines of “How funky is this” .  Typically the end result would be that you are now expected to do task A at roughly twice the rate.  Stress increases and job satisfaction reduces.  Why? Continue reading ‘An easier lifestyle’