How can a mid-market or big company be as good at quickly innovating as a great start-up? By putting more empowerment back in the hands of individual contributors. To understand why this works and how to achieve it, it’s important to understand the make up of start up employees. Start up employees are:Read More
Experts and pontificators are not there to give you an instruction manual on how to be good at your job, but this is how they tend to be used by their readers. Most of the time normal people who are “well read” find a few authors they totally agree with and relate to and stick to them. They attempt to directly implement the things they’ve read into their job function. This is the wrong way to read because it develops critical thinking very slowly.Read More
Anyone who puts in their best effort succeeds more than they fail. At any given time, more things are going well than not. Your project, your team, your individual contributions – those things are 95% nailing it.
But it’s that 5% that will take you down.Read More
Continuously adding controls is quite damaging over time. Since controls are applied to processes across all individuals who perform them, every control you implement reduces the productivity of individuals who would otherwise perform the task correctly. The penalty of adding a control to those who don’t need it is greater than the gain of a new control correcting the behavior of those who occasionally mess up.Read More
Employees and suppliers tend to self-assess their value based on quality levels. In other words, the number of times out of 100 the output was delivered correctly. If the target quality level is met or exceeded consistently then there tends to be a false sense of security about value. The truth is, your quality can be 100% every day and your value can be low. It can even be zero.Read More
In every interview you have to determine whether your candidate is an overcomer or just a normal person. “Normal” is an appropriate term here because most people cannot overcome obstacles well. You don’t want the normal people.Read More
A study published by Expert Choice shows that when it comes to finding the top project managers in the world (the ones who really have to make sure execution is flawless and manage $100 million+ budgets effectively), senior executives are looking for one quality above all others: the ability to overcome obstacles.Read More
A picture is not worth a thousand words. It’s worth negative a thousand words. Wait…huh?
When it comes to conveying concepts, written words have negative value, so when you reduce them you come out ahead. If a picture were worth one thousand words, no one would want it.Read More
Disrupters make impactful change in their organizations as a course of habit. It is not a special effort and it is not daunting or stressful. It is organic because it’s in their DNA. Disrupters are different because of how they view their outputs. They became rock stars and now their vision has expanded.Read More
A great question to ask yourself is, "Am I a rock star?" Sure, you're a business analyst, but are you a rock star business analyst? In other words: you do what you do, but are you the best at what you do?Read More
Nothing equals the feeling of leading impactful change. We all have the desire to use our unique gifts for change, and the best way to achieve this is in our professional lives. But it's not happening for most people.Read More