The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson is one of the best-selling books of all time with 13 million copies published in 37 languages. It is written in story fashion about a young man searching for an effective manager that he can work with. He finds mostly managers who just care about the organization and its results not about the people. He also finds managers who care about the people but their organizations suffer due to lack of attention to organizational goals…
An extract from a brilliant piece by Hugh McLeod. This article is funny, brilliant and insightful. It seems to be not just a revelation about creativity but a way of thinking about working and living in the real world
1. Ignore everybody.
The more original your idea is, the less good advice other people will be able to give you. You don’t know if your idea is any good the moment it’s created. Neither does anyone else. The most you can hope for is a strong gut feeling that it is.
2. The idea doesn’t have to be big. It just has to be yours.
The sovereignty you have over your work will inspire far more people than the actual content ever will.
Your idea doesn’t have to be big. It just has to be yours alone. The more the idea is yours alone, the more freedom you have to do something really amazing. The more amazing, the more people will click with your idea. The more people click with your idea, the more this little thing of yours will snowball into a big thing…
Based on research work done by Doblin, a subsidiary of Deloitte
Many people equate innovation with the development of new products. But coming up with new products is just one way to innovate. After studying more than 2,000 business innovations throughout history, Doblin discovered that the majority of breakthroughs did not come from technical/engineering inventions or amazing discoveries. Instead, innovations resulted from within a framework of 10 dimensions and now, anyone can use this framework to develop their own innovations…Continue reading
Lessons from the book Man‘s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
Man’s Search for Meaning is a 1946 book by Victor Frankl that describes his experience as a prisoner in the Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz during World War II. When Victor Frankl died in 1997, the book had sold over 10 million copies in 24 language. The main theme of the book is finding meaning and purpose in life even at times of extreme suffering and setbacks and it contains important lessons for individuals in all walks of life. Here are the most striking ones:Continue reading
Ir was in the early 1950’s when the concept of “management by objectivesâ€ was introduced by Peter Drucker. The idea was that the boss would agree a set of goals for the year with each subordinate and then review the performance against these goals. Managers also learned about the acronym SMART for goal setting meaning goals had to be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound. This methodology of goal setting has become so established that few managers have actually questioned if this approach works.
One of the most important ideas that you should be aware of that has the potential to change your life is the concept of Less is More and the 80:20 rule. The 80:20 rule is also referred to as the Pareto Principle after the name of the famous 19th century Italian economist and philosopher called Vilfredo Pareto. There are two wonderful books I highly recommend that are devoted to this subject called the 80:20 Principle by Richard Koch (see https://richardkoch.net/2012/11/the-8020-principle-2/ ) and The One Thing by Gary Keller and co-author Jay Papasan ( https://www.the1thing.com/ ) that go into detail about the power of this principle. This article provides an overview of the key elements of the principle.Continue reading
Based on a web article by Anita Hamilton in 2017
You go shopping for office clothes â€” and end up with three casual shirts and two pairs of jeans you just knew you wanted. You decide to go for a salad and soup meal and end up in an expensive restaurant with an impressive menu and end up ordering much more than you can eat. None of these incidents is unusual, but as time passes, your choices amount to a mounting and consistent trade off: Youâ€™re choosing pleasure now in exchange for some possible financial discomfort in the future.