"The Incredible Transformation of Gregory Todd" by AJ Sheppard is an interesting take on the business novel with the guru character played by a young upstart, rather than a grizzled veteran or external consultant. There are a lot of good nuggets, but I missed an overall picture of how the transformation was accomplished.
Paraphrasing a quote: As soon as we stop losing sleep over the success of our business, and start losing sleep over the success of our customers' business, then we will find success.
The Ministry of Ideas podcast has a recent episode of the idea of "(In)Efficiency." It was also excerpted in yesterday's Boston Globe, "Long Before Uber, Efficiency Was Divine." It was informative, but there is a big element that is missing for me: why is the concept so strongly embedded in the way we think - so much that it actually damages individuals and organizations.
Any time you get a response different from what you expect, it is an opportunity to learn. The big question is whether you take advantage of it. Another take on this idea thanks to the Leanblog Podcast, "I consider resistance as additional information (albeit in an unpleasant form).
I've had "Stop Letting Email Control Your Work Day" by Paul A. Argenti flagged for follow-up since it was posted a month ago. The title is pretty obvious: so many people let email control their work day. This doesn't make sense - it is a tool like any other and should be controlled by the wielder, not the other way around.
Trust has always come up for me in knowledge management conversations, but as this blog from Social in silico post discusses, it is really the center of being able to work together successfully.
"Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box" by The Arbinger Institute was a good and challenging read. I found it engaging with connections to ideas from Theory of Constraints that I have been exploring and using in my work. I also finished the book on Yom Kippur - a day of reflections - so I was thinking about my own assumptions around how I operate in the world.
When I don't take control of those requests, I can become slave to every interruption (or request every request that comes through on my calendar). Poppy Harlow (CNN anchor) had a great piece in yesterday's USA Today on "Finding Happiness in 'No'," where she described her journey in learning how to set limits.
By now, most people who read this know that multitasking causes a lot of problems in organizations. It creates delays, lowers quality, and creates more and more tension in an organization.A recent HBR Ideacast with Mark Mortensen described a variant that I have talked about but had never named: "multiteaming" - being assigned to multiple (different) projects.
The second day of Building on Success 2017 conference was also loaded with great hallway conversations and interesting presentations
At the Building on Success 2017 conference, Alex Knight spoke on fixing the healthcare system through the Theory of Constraints lens, mostly as described in his book Pride and Joy (my review), which tells the semi-fictional story of a significant turnaround at a hospital in the UK.
Gene Kim gave a great plenary at the Building on Success 2017 conference that described how TOC and related thinking can create truly breakthrough operations for technology.
Some highlights from the first day at Building on Success 2017. Focus, Full Kit and more.
"This stuff works!" from Retired Lt. General Andrew Busch in summarizing his 12 years in leadership positions and using Theory of Constraints to create significant improvements in his work. His summary included many things that Kris Cox listed in her 7 Essentials
Kris Cox, the Executive Director of Utah Governor’s Office of Management and Budget, gave one of the opening keynotes to the Building on Success 2017 conference. Hers was another great talk on what she sees as the 7 Essentials for Breakthrough Results in any type of organization.
Another good, fast read of a "standby" book on Theory of Constraints, technology sales and thinking about real business problems. One of the most lasting elements from this book is a way to think about technology in light of improving an organization: the questions for technology.
Every time we switch attention, it causes us to burn mental energy. And that energy lost ends up costing us: I usually focus on the fact that everything takes longer when my focus shifts. But we also lose creativity, sleep, energy... and more.
Major Account Sales Strategy by Neil Rackham is a follow-on to his classic SPIN Selling, taking that approach and applying to bigger projects that require more and more effort to close the sale. It fits a lot with how I have been seeing the world lately.