Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Success and Failure


“Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm”

― Winston Churchill



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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Build Tests Into Your Plans and Strategies


In the world of software, especially when using agile methods, programmers design tests at the same time they code, so they can make sure their software works.

This same idea can be applied to management (strategy, planning) and government (laws): As you create the strategy, plan, or law, also design tests that will let you know if you are experiencing success, or if you need to change something.

The test will probably be a KPI, with a pre-determined value that signifies success or failure.

For example, a plan could be: "to address our current sales slump, we will change our commission structure".

We could add, "if we do not see at least a 5% increase in sales six months after the training, we will try to find an additional solution.  If sales drop more than 2%, then we will immediately revert back to the old commission structure".

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

4 Ways Organizations Can Encourage Innovation


(because innovation frequently happens at the intersections between groups, instead of just inside one department): 1. Organize internal seminars or lunch-n-learns where one group can present on what they are currently working on. 2. Have small social events between one or two groups (i.e manufacturing and IT), so they will mix and can discuss ideas informally. 3. If members of multiple departments have an innovative idea, give them a certain number of hours per week to work together on their idea, as well as possible seed money.


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Three Most Common Reasons Employees Aren't More Productive:

1. Not paying attention - this is getting worse as meetings become more virtual. People are multi-tasking and not fully engaging with the person talking. This results in information needing to be repeated. 2. Not admitting they don't understand - this problem particularly affects workers in other countries, so it is partially cultural. The employee does not want to admit that they do not understand what they have to do, so they are reluctant to ask clarifying questions. The result is an unpleasant surprise down the road, and the company having to invest in re-doing failure work. 3. Not being able to communicate issues clearly - employees need to be able to succinctly summarize an issue, and then be able to drill down into details, depending on the type of audience. hashtagproductivity hashtagCommunication



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Friday, October 11, 2019

Chicago Ideas Week - My Latest Chicago Business Journal Column is Out

My latest article for the Chicago Business Journal, on Chicago Ideas Week, has been published.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Workplace Productivity Tips

As a former start-up CEO, bank executive, and now management consultant, here are some tips for workplace productivity:

1. Streamline the on-boarding process, so new members added to a team can get assigned hardware, systems access, etc. quickly, with a minimum of paper work.

2. Build simple, localized shared spaces (such as wikis) that allow teams to quickly share information between members.

3. Eliminate long, unproductive meetings.


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Productivity Tip for Entrepreneurs

Remove tasks from your "to do" list, and schedule them as appointments on your calendar. I learned this from my mentor, Alan Weiss. This way, when the time slot arrives, you are motivated to treat the assignment as if it were a meeting, and work on it.


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