I love this list of 22 typical change management mistakes to avoid. There are several in this list which I think can be addressed with a human centred design approach such as:
I for one am a terrible multitasker. And don’t get me started on people who think that I can multi-task just because I’m a woman. Research is showing us that mutitasking is just very fast switching and not very effective.
Don’t feel bad about taking a break to reset and recharge. It’s been proven that breaks will actually make you more productive.
I certainly struggle with attempts to go paperless. I am getting better. Slowly. But there is a case for paper.
If you find yourself unable to think in your open plan office you may be interested in reading this New York Times article The Rise of the New Group Think that argues the case for private space to be productive and creative.
So did that last brainstorming session you were in that was meant to generate a hundred ideas deliver? If not, here’s why:
“Being sedentary for nine hours a day at the office is bad for your health whether you go home and watch television afterwards or hit the gym. It is bad whether you are morbidly obese or marathon-runner thin. It appears that what is critical and maybe even more important than going to the gym, is breaking up that sitting time.”
If you occasionally find yourself busy at work with lots of tasks but feel you are getting nothing done try thinking of your day as a jar with … pickles in it. Even though this article mixes its metaphors (it talks about pickles then goes on to talk about “big rocks”) it offers a really interesting technique to visualise your work day, in this case as a jar, and prioritize your day, by filling it with the biggest tasks first. Email can wait.
Sylvia Pennington reports on the characteristics of the perfect boss. How does your boss stack up? Or if you’re the boss how do you stack up? The cheat sheet list is:
Clem Bastow writes a lot about women’s issues. In this piece from August 2012 she reflects on the name calling attributing to woman that perhaps is not bestowed on men displaying the same attributes. Food for thought.
“When you start developing a product or a company you never know if it’s going to work or what’s going to work. But you do know what you want to do and how you want to do it. So do that. And when (not if) that doesn’t work, do something different and try again. Repeat until something good happens. Then, and only then, should you look back and consider what you did that worked and find ways to reinforce that behavior.”
I think there’s a lot of lottery-playing going on right now. Companies staffing up, raising a bunch of money, hiring a bunch of people, and burning them out in the hopes that they’ll hit the lottery. …all you have to do is read TechCrunch. Look at what the top stories are, and they’re all about raising money, how many employees they have, and these are metrics that don’t matter. What matters is: Are you profitable? Are you building something great? Are you taking care of your people? Are you treating your customers well? In the coverage of our industry as a whole, you’ll rarely see stories about treating customers well, about people building a sustainable business. …I don’t know what percentage of tech companies have been around 30 years.