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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On Performance Reviews and Ratings

Performance review season tends to come once or twice a year. I’ve had formal reviews of my performance and goals both semi-annually and annually and can honestly say I found neither approaches effective. The fundamental problem with the length of time between performance reviews is that the feedback from six or, heaven forbid, twelve months ago is in no way timely and consequently no longer relevant. Being told about something I could have done differently six months ago was beyond aggravating. How could I be expected to change my behaviour when no one told me? And, if you know me, I like to be right (or at least do things the…

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Email is my answering machine

I retweeted this from Chris LaBossiere because it’s exactly how I feel and behave: I’ve become that guy who responds to emails 3-5 days late. Text me if it’s important I guess. Better yet, call me. — Chris LaBossiere (@ChrisLaBossiere) February 26, 2014 My friend and colleague Jason recently mentioned me and this retweet and we had a Twitter conversation about it. Near the end, I asserted that most issues or requests for information can be resolved by face-to-face, instant message, or a phone call. To that end I asked, “Should email be treated like an answering machine?” His witty…

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