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 answer makes sense to many.

The answer I have for you today may be even more interesting. In part, this is your answer!

Here’s the scoop. (TL,DR version: go to Elon Musk Q7 questionnaire).

Personal efficiency, effectiveness, success – have been my favorite subjects and areas of research for quite some time. A few years ago, when I launched the Collectiver site and online tool, the objective was to find out why some teams are more efficient than others. According to my research and observations as a performance expert, the best-performing teams have significant internal alignment. That alignment I measure by the basic values’ congruence of the team members. Continue reading “Elon Musk Q7”

Here’s how to make your worklife better:


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 with their students’ success. They see themselves behind the scenes watching their students receive a standing ovation from the academia. If laughing all the way to the bank in front of their student is all they can see, never will there be a standing ovation in their lives.

Lovers want to comfort each other. Continue reading “Here’s how to make your worklife better:”

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. Continue reading “What Do Starbucks and Lean Six Sigma Have In Common?”

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


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 books. His principal themes were far from business, but I always find inspiration in his works and quite a few motivational thoughts that are worth quoting.

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? Continue reading “The One Thing That Determines Success”

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 is not really sharing your excitement about the project. Continue reading “How to Sell Your Team on Project Management in 7 Minutes”

Positive Reinforcement for Engineers

A young manager in a major industrial company, trying to explain their reporting procedures, had trouble pronouncing the word “hierarchy.” When I did it for him after his third attempt, he was grateful – but not at all uncomfortable: “I am an engineer, you know, long words is not really my cup of tea.” Indeed, for managers with strong technical background and zero soft skills training, quite a few things crucial to their new role end up outside their cup. Continue reading “Positive Reinforcement for Engineers”

The ROE: Return On Engagement

A traveler passes a construction site and sees three men working. He asks the first man what he is doing and gets a reply: “I am laying bricks.” The second says: “I am building a wall.” Finally, the third man answers: “I am building a cathedral.” Continue reading “The ROE: Return On Engagement”