Tag: motivation

A 2D Worm in a 4D World

A 2D Worm in a 4D World

If you bounce a ball in front of a worm navigating a flat surface, the worm will see a horizontal line growing in both directions momentarily – and then disappearing, without any explanation that the worm would find plausible. That’s what a two-dimensional life is all about: left, right, forward, and back. There’s no ups […]

“What this High Purpose is all about and why is it important?”

“What this High Purpose is all about and why is it important?” High Purpose

If you are leading an engineering company, you may find this explanation helpful. Purpose to company is like magnet to a box of iron pieces.   A strong magnet creates an invisible but powerful magnetic field. If you place a piece of magnetic material into a strong magnetic field, you convert it into a magnet. Leading with […]

Work Life as Business Travel

Work Life as Business Travel Think about your career as if it were business travel.

Think about your career as if it were business travel. If you do not plan to stay in the job for long, you behave like a hotel guest. You are not planning to change anything – and normally you won’t. You may leave some coffee stains on the carpet, collect all toiletries and, by mistake, […]

Weekend Reading: Silicon Startup Secrets, All-in-One

Weekend Reading: Silicon Startup Secrets, All-in-One Required Reading

If #hi-tech #PaloAlto #Stanford #dropout #entrepreneur #disruptive #innovation and #fraud are prominent among your mental hashtags, read this book: “Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup” by John Carreyrou – and you will get all-in-one.

Five Points That Will Make Your Team Efficient, Fast

Five Points That Will Make Your Team Efficient, Fast

1. Make the Purpose of your company clear. Your Mission, your Vision, your Purpose – you may call it whatever you like, but your company needs one, and it must be meaningful. Make it clear to yourself first, then share with your team. If you find this “touchy-feely stuff” below your leadership greatness – do not bother […]

THE ANSWER IS EXCELLENCE

THE ANSWER IS EXCELLENCE

There are three ways to improve business performance of any organization: Technology – Processes – People. New technology may give you a sizeable performance boost. However, it will NOT guarantee you a lasting competitive advantage because your competitor will probably invest in similar equipment or technology. New equipment will not protect you in case of […]

Project Management: Eating an Elephant

Project Management: Eating an Elephant elephant pm

Here’s how to plan and deliver your project without a project management certification: just imagine that you have to eat an elephant, and follow these steps. If the elephant is really big, find the way to have only one elephant dropped on your plate. Make sure that the elephant is … well, does not move. This […]

Elon Musk Q7

Elon Musk Q7 Elon Musk Q7

A few months ago, I answered this question on Quora: “How can Elon Musk put in 80-100 hours a week and still have a social life or time for exercise, etc.?” My answer collected an incredible number of views and upvotes – a good indicator that this is (A) a hot topic and (B) my […]

Here’s how to make your worklife better:

Here’s how to make your worklife better: Help

Offer more help than you ask for. When parents help their children grow up, they do not ask for anything in return. Nor do they expect to have a good return on this investment in the future. If they do, the ROI is often negative in the long run. Good teachers are excited and overjoyed […]

What Do Starbucks and Lean Six Sigma Have In Common?

What Do Starbucks and Lean Six Sigma Have In Common? Lean Six Sigma vs Starbucks

In essence, both are not new. They are derivatives from older businesses or trends that have been in existence for at least some decades: Lean is a mass-market Toyota Production System and Starbucks is a mass-market coffee retailer.