Do more by narrowing your focus

A meeting once a week (with no end in sight) to make improvements will result in two things: 1. No timely progress. 2. Frustration and annoyance by people who are in the habit of getting shit done. Instead of having 20 things on the go at the same time – each with their one hour weekly meeting – let’s focus on 2 or 3 in a month and drive them out to release or completion. Then onto the next iteration or the next thing. Clear your calendar for a day or a week, get in a room, and get it…

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Declaring “work” dead

It’s time to list out everything we’ve got on our plates and declare a bunch of “work” dead. A possible litmus test: the project or initiative has stalled, doesn’t deliver on our strategy, fails to create value for customers, or does little to enhance the team member experience. If any (or heaven forbid all of those) criteria are met, declare it dead and over. Tell the sponsor or person who asked you to do the work that it’s dead. If they want to start it back up in the future and brings resources, great. Until then, there are a tonne…

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Breaks and whitespace

Last week was a hell of a first week. I’m charged up, reeling, and boiling over with ideas, reflections, and curiosity. If you could see inside my head, it would look like a fireworks factory on fire. On Friday night, I felt absolutely brain dead; stunned by the pace of the week. Saturday it really sunk in: the sheer amount of work ahead and scope of what we’ve set out to accomplish over the next 30, 90, and 270 days as a company (spoiler: it’s not just about the tools). Sunday delivered a key reinforcement of the idea that breaks…

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Trusting you can let go

This week, I started a 30-day secondment to reimagine work, powered by Google’s G-Suite. Letting go of my current role has been a challenge. It’s been hard here at the beginning to stop myself from checking back on what’s going on in my old role; that’s my curiosity and a bit of my ego inflating my sense of self-importance. I’m four days into our bootcamp and went back to my work phone when I got home from Calgary yesterday, mostly to alleviate the fear of missing something. You know what I missed? A reminder to do my MasterCard expenses before…

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Forward is not a straight line

Forward to me is about understanding where you were, knowing where you are, and looking towards the horizon for where you want to go. Along the way you’ll boldly stride ahead, slow down to search what’s around you, and backtrack so you can take a different path. Overall, you’re moving away from where you are and towards where you want to be. It’s exhilarating, frustrating, liberating, mind-numbing, exasperating, and all the other -ings that come with exploring. When it comes to reimagining work, the place we’re moving away from holds all the current (old) style of thinking and working, the…

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