Tag: motivation

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

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

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

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:

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?

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.  

Weekend Easy Reading: Inspirational Quote

Challenge quote

I could not find the author of this quote. But it is simple and memorable. And printable.      

Easy Reading: Motivational Quote by John Updike

J.Updike

By “easy reading” I mean really easy, i.e. big letters, just one sentence (above), and no links or other distractions. American Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Updike was born on this day 85 years ago. His first novel was published on 1958 and became famous in 1960 with Rabbit, Run. During his career, Updike published 60 […]

The One Thing That Determines Success

What is the one thing that determines your success? Google for it, and the top answers will probably be: positive attitude, action, discipline, followed by “trust”, “leadership”, “networking”, “team”,” good timing”, “determination” …  and many other good words. Do you see a profound gap here, both on the individual and on the organizational level?  

How to Sell Your Team on Project Management in 7 Minutes

If you are a professional project manager, you have been through this many times. You get a project to run, receive a list of specialists assigned to the project, start making your calls – and see that the team that you will have to spend a better part of your life with in the coming months […]