Archives from September 2010

Bill Jensen on How to Hack Your Workplace

How to influence change without permission.

September 24, 2010 / Podcast # 10-39

Bill Jensen

Companies are not designed to help us get our work done. Often there’s an easier way of doing our work but approval processes are slow and ideas stagnate. It’s only a select group of people, “hackers” as Bill Jensen calls them, who rise up and force change with their own ideas and without permission. If used benevolently, the workarounds will become company-wide and increase the workers’ happiness and their free time. Read more…

 

Dave Gray on How Games at Work Inspire Creativity

How interactivity will make your meetings and your ideas even better.

September 17, 2010 / Podcast # 10-38

Dave Gray

According to Dave Gray in his new book, Gamestorming, playing with office supplies is not a waste of time. Whipping out a stack of post-its in a meeting and jotting down notes or sketching ideas is actually helpful; otherwise all those ideas have to stay inside your head, getting lost and confused. Writing out ideas, moving them around like pieces in a game, and collaborating with others makes for faster meetings and more creativity. Every company needs those creative ideas to reach the top even just stay there. Read more…

 

Chris Carey on Fostering Your Specific Workplace Culture

How to make your department's individual culture work for you.

September 10, 2010 / Podcast # 10-37

Chris Carey

Improving workplace culture isn’t just about making it more fun. All the holiday parties and cool decorations mean nothing when the workers aren’t engaged. Chris Carey points out that not all companies are built the same, and therefore, no two cultures will be the same. Just look at the military culture: even though the style is dictatorial to the extreme, it is still effective. Chris isn’t suggesting we all hire drill sergeants for managers. Instead, the managers need to figure out what matters to their employees and foster a culture that encourages that, whether it be exciting innovation or excellent customer service. Read more…

 

Sander Flaum on Turning Big Ideas into Big Profits

How to make sure great ideas aren't forgotten.

September 3, 2010 / Podcast # 10-36

Sander Flaum

No one needed an iPhone; we all wanted one. Steve Jobs didn’t bother doing any market research, it would have been useless. Once he had a great idea he ran with it, got it turned around quickly, and now iPhones are ubiquitous. According to Sander Flaum, author of the new book Big Shoes: How Successful Leaders Grow Into New Roles, that’s what all successful CEOs do. If a CEO wants to stick around, they will not only cultivate ideas, they will make sure something gets done. Read more…