What Have You Failed at Today?

In today’s post-recession economy, some companies are no longer shying away from failure they’re embracing it by developing a design-centric culture. Design thinking, for example  is a mindset of values that applies both analytical and creative thinking towards...

Decision Making and Self Awareness; Stop Over Thinking

Everything at work is based upon how you use your attention, is it wasted or are you focused on what you are doing? We’re bombarded all the time by distractions, which part of brains fight against.  In his book Focus: The Hidden Power of Excellence: ...

A Day In the Life… Vacations and Productivity

Woke up, fell out of bed,Dragged a comb across my headFound my way downstairs and drank a cup,And looking up I noticed I was late.Found my coat and grabbed my hatMade the bus in seconds flat…. When Sir Paul McCartney wrote these lyrics, he was remembering what it was...

Mean Mr Mustard… Knowledge Hoarder

In writing the lyrics to  the Beatles song “Mean Mr Mustard”, John Lennon was inspired by a newspaper story about a miser who concealed his cash wherever he could in order to prevent people from forcing him to spend it. A miser is stiff a, hoarder...

No Reply?

“This happened once beforeWhen I came to your doorNo reply” No one wants to feel disrespected or ignored. We expect acknowledgement from people whether by phone email or text or as the lyrics says through a door.  Likewise returning messages should be...

All You Gotta Do Is Act Naturally

Country and Western is not usually the genre of music one thinks of whenever the music of The Beatles comes up in a conversation.  When asked to choose a song to sing on their fifth British album, it was only natural for Ringo to pick something from this genre....

“Fixing A Hole”

“And it really doesn’t matter if I’m wrong I’m right Where I belong I’m right Where I belong See the people standing there Who disagree and never win And wonder why they don’t get in my door”According to an interview with Sir Paul ‘Fixing...

…This Should Take You No Time At All!

Your manager has  asked you to work on a project, set the criteria, given you the deadline but doesn’t ask for your input.  Your antennae starts to go up when you hear him say “and this should take you no time at all.” He is obviously clueless as to what you already...

Carry That Weight…

“Boy you gotta carry that weight a long time.” I know that these famous lyrics are not related to our work. However, it got me thinking about how most of us are not spending even half of our work day on our primary job duties and how that becomes a heavy weight of...

Concise or Curt? You Decide The Message

I recently led an onsite training about effective business writing. Each attendee was asked to come prepared with a sample email that conveyed the message, “The office will be closed on Friday.” The challenge was that their email should be concise and express this...