The fella whose never made a mistake has never made anything
— Ralph Affleck
— David J Bland (@davidjbland) April 9, 2015
I am rather impressed as I’m working away in an open office environment, when I hear colleagues cite our company principles. And I should add they are cited sincerely, are being used to think about behaviour — not being used ironically.
“I will only hire someone to work directly for me if I would work for that person. It’s a pretty good test and I think this rule has served me well.”
— Mark Zuckerberg
Is there a downside to everyone being happy at work? Is conflict good or bad? Does hiring for cultural fit produce group think? A great summary over at HBR of what to consider if your goal is to foster a critically engaged team.
I am incredibly fortunate to work in an amazingly well planned and thought out open office and hot desk environment. But even with full focus zones it can be difficult at times to concentrate because of distracting background conversations.
Breakthrough strategies… They rarely come from the typical strategic planning effort. Nor do they typically result from the common practice of generating and evaluating strategic options. And they certainly aren’t inspired in a traditional board offsite, executive retreat, or brainstorming session. Instead, they start with individuals working on big, specific challenges who find novel ideas in unexpected places, creatively combine them into innovative strategies, and personally take those strategies to fruition—against all odds.
The Australia Institute celebrates Go Home on Time Day today November 19. This is certainly something that my partner would hope that I take part in.
“Google did a great talk about the method they use to keep focused. It’s called “Objectives, Key Results”. Essentially you can have three objectives a quarter; they need to be broad but measurable. Don’t say how you will get there, that’s for the person actioning it to worry about. By limiting ourselves to three objectives I feel freed.”
Some nice advice from this SMH article:
Tip 1: start by getting information out, not taking information in:
Hiring right, perks versus how people work now, making sure staff are invested in the company to be invested in their work, transparent salaries are among the tips from 9 entrepreneurs about building a great culture. ~ http://www.businessinsider.com.au/how-to-create-a-great-culture-2013-8#newscred-ceo-shafqat-islam-says-to-get-culture-right-you-have-to-hire-right-1
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.