Indeed, the direction of our pursuit — especially if requiring both focus and balance, as well as excellence — remains the great imponderable, and is ultimately a very personal decision. It can also take several goals.
Po Bronson’s thoughtful 2003 book What Should I Do With My Life ? can perhaps shell light on such dilemmas. The book is the “true story of people who answered the ultimate question” narrated by a man that threw in a career as a bond salesmen to become the chronicler (for Wired magazine and others) of the burgeoning 1990s Silicon Valley of his adopted…
Only the truth from their perspective.
This is illustrated by the parable of five blind men walking into an elephant. Each tries to describe what they’ve bumped into.
One blind man feels the side of the elephant. He says :
“An elephant is like a wall.”
Another blind man feels the trunk. He says :
“No, an elephant is like a snake.”
The third blind man feels the leg. He says :
“You’re both wrong, an elephant is like a tree”.
The fourth blind man feels the tusk. He says :
“Sorry, but an elephant is like a spear.”
Do you remember this Friends episode when Phoebe’s overly-enthusiastic date irritates everyone ? Parker is constantly cheerful, talkative, energetic and, well, strange. He also has this annoying habit of making a big fuss of everything, even the most trivial things…
Well, actually… When we tend to see the glass as half empty, we may learn some things from Parker, played by Alec Baldwin.
By focusing on the deficiencies of an organization, or the defects of a person, or the downside of a situation, we are magnifying those aspects that do not work, at the expense of those that do.
By being unreasonable, by insisting on being heard, Tilly Smith saved the lives of over 100 people that day on Mai Khao Beach, Thailand.
Walking on that beach this very morning, she noticed the tide had gone out and that the water was frothy like a pint of beer. It remembered her the newsreel film her geography teacher had shown her two weeks earlier. She was convinced that a tsunami — a word that nobody hadn’t even heard before — was happening right now. She tried to explain and convince her parents so hard that they told the security guards…
Let’s take a case study often used, involving Disney and a group of environmentalists to illustrate this point.
Disney wants to build a new theme park and the environmentalists are opposed. They go around and around on what Disney could do to protect the environment while still building the park. The two sides are unable to reach an agreement, and the deals falls apart.
The result ? The new park isn’t built. However, shortly,
There are some cases that offer no win-win solution, and it’s actually better to walk away.
When you uncover the interests of the different players, it’s…
For his entire life, the world’s most recognized and revered painters Vincent Van Gogh (1853–1890) was deeply insecure about his talent.
He constantly had deep doubts about his own abilities and, above all, was uncomfortable with the flattery.
In January 1880, after art critic Albert Aurier wrote a favorable review in a leading art magazine, praising the artist of his swirling lines, explosive colors, inspired forms and special symbolism, Van Gogh wrote a response letter to Aurier, in which he exposed what he would have liked to have achieved. …
Simple as that. And even if that sounds like the lecturing of a school principal.
There’s a big difference between trying to do something and actually doing it. We often say we’re trying to do something : losing weight, getting more exercise, finding a job. But the truth is, we are either doing it or not doing it. “Trying to do it” is a cop-out. You have to focus your attention to make something happen by giving at least 100 percent commitment. Anything less and you’re the only one to blame for failing to reach your goals.
If you really…
Many of us are not clear about what we ultimately want. It’s important not to get demoralised by this.
We should align our work, if we possibly can, to our interests, values and motivations, but the simple truth is that many people do not go through that though process. …
Not providing feedback. Not making time for my team. Not delegating. Misunderstanding my role. Failing to define goals. And, last but not least : being too friendly.
I’ve learnt what not to do again but how valuable is that ?
“The first sign of madness is to keep on doing the same thing everyday and expecting different results”.
After I read this very quote, I decided to move forward and improve. I fist admit that sometimes, a project manager needs some help… An online collaboration service platform, like Taskworld, can be a secret weapon in this arsenal that can work…
1. Respect your need for sleep by getting 6 to 8 hours of sleep
2. Do a weekly review of the past 7 days
Learning how to do a weekly review is one of the best time management habits to develop. The Weekly Review is a concept created by David Allen, author of the classic productivity book Getting Things Done.
Review your calendar, look for loose ends, meetings and other matters that need further attention are also part of Taskworld project management’s features.
3. Focus on a single task at a time
Once we’re at work, we often find ourselves drowning…