Stop Giving Yourself a Route Away from Your Goals Back during Greco-Roman times, a famous leader was landing a fleet of warships with thousands of men to seize land from the enemy. To ensure that his soldiers would not retreat, he commanded that the ships be burned, so that there was no turning back. How…
Have you ever been in those meetings where discussion keeps going around and around, and you can sense that you are going nowhere and that unless someone intervenes, this entire meeting will be for nothing? The key is to erect a straw man – and let people wack the hell out of it. For some…
Set Your Deadline To Half The Time You Think You Need A while back, I read “When,” Dan Pink’s latest book on time. It was an interesting read to be sure, but the number one takeaway I pulled from the book has to do with deadlines. In example after example, he proved that when faced…
There was a recent article on an experiment in The New Scientist which explored human/robot interaction.
They took three rooms of people and put a friendly robot in one room that hung out with them and was very funny and friendly and really helpful to the people in the room. They took another room and they put in a stern robot, a not so friendly robot, a serious robot. Then in the third room, they put no robot at all. They acted friendly or stern prior to the test, once the test started they just sat in the corner and didn’t say anything.
It’s In Your Pocket
I was a fan of Last Man Standing before it was canceled and during a recent binge watch there was an interesting scene of a neighbor couple bickering over a smartphone – they were sitting at the kitchen table and the husband was looking at a cell phone and the wife was talking, or at least trying to talk to him. She saw him looking at his phone and said: “Are you finding that phone more interesting than me?” He started to explain that the smartphone was the window to all of the world’s information, entertainment and people, saw the look on her face, then put the phone down.
Have We Created Too Much To Handle?
Pity the poor human – we start off with an amazing memory, a sponge-like ability to observe and learn, with sharp senses of vision, hearing, touch, taste, and smell, then over time, they develop into a height, then slowly taper off as we age.
Problem-solving in the morning, creativity in the afternoon.
In Dan Pink’s latest book, When, he goes into great detail on “when to” do things, as opposed to “how to” do things, and after identifying individuals into various categories (most people are either morning people or midday people) he’s identified the absolute best time of day for most people to be creative and inventive is the afternoon.
Over 10,000 words on productivity – purposely randomized for your exploratory enjoyment! Which tip is your all-time favorite? Let me know in the comments below. Plus if there is something I missed, love to hear your personal productivity tips.
We Need To Bring Movement Back Into Work
Recently, I talked a bit about the future of work and the natural extension of the breakup of the concept of the 9-5 day job. I’ve covered this in detail before, but I’d like to expand upon that, and couple it with my last post on transformation and the need for humans to move.
Is there a role for both Order and Chaos in your organization?
I’ve been reading a lot lately about creativity, innovation, and productivity and the effectiveness of teams, and their environments, and I think I’ve come to some interesting conclusions.
Depending on the outcome that you are looking for, you need to revise and adjust not just your thinking, but also your surroundings and even the composition of your team.