Cultivated Management, Education and Personal Development

How to build a personal knowledge management system

Personal Knowledge Management System

Since when does absence of evidence equate to evidence of absence? Prince Ea The key to becoming a better manager is to become a better person – a more knowledgable, caring, decisive, healthy and thoughtful person – at the core of this is the need to learn and discover more. It’s the core underlying premise …

Cultivated Management, Cultural and Societal Impact, Productivity

Your people need a plan too

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“Do you ever get the feeling that there’s something going on that we don’t know about?” Diner, Film. Making epic change within an organisation is hard. In fact, in some organisations making small changes is hard. If you’re struggling with making lasting change, trying to initiate change or thinking of making some changes, then maybe …

Cultivated Communication, Cultivated Management, Cultural and Societal Impact, Productivity

Dunbar’s Number and how rapid growth can split a company

Managers focus on the bigger systems

“Would you classify that as a launch problem or a design problem?” Real Genius, Film   Note: This article has previously been published in my newsletter – subscribe and get the best content first As a company scales and grows it becomes increasingly tricky to maintain good communication and connections between people and teams. The …

Cultivated Management

The 10 Behaviours of Effective Employees

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Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people. Steve Jobs, Entrepreneur and Business Owner   Every manager dreams of having the best employees they can find. A dream team of people capable of achieving so much with so little strain on management. It’s perfection – but …

Cultivated Management, Productivity

Staple Yourself To It

Staple yourself to it

A powerful way of doing basic process improvement is to map out a process visually and then improve it. In other words, staple yourself (metaphorically, not physically!) to a work item and watch it flow (or not). Sounds simple but it can be hard to achieve in practice. I use the term “staple yourself” as …

Cultivated Communication, Productivity

Develop your super-power in the world of management

“And for gosh’s sake, watch your language!” Tony Stark, Superhero. Film : Avengers – Age of Ultron   When I first published the 10 Behaviours of Effective Employees and started presenting the associated Keynote, I got asked the same question from my readers and viewers ; “if you could pick just one of the behaviours which …

Cultivated Management, Productivity, Relevance and Responsiveness

Tools often amplify underlying behaviours, failures and disconnects

Tools Amplify Wording

Oh a new toy! Robocop, Movie, 1987 It can be a slippery road to go down as a manager when you start to rely on technology to solve problems that you don’t fully understand. Without knowing your problems deeply it’s possible that tech solutions will only worsen your current predicament.   Technology is a huge enabler …

Cultivated Management, Education and Personal Development, Relevance and Responsiveness

Moving from maker to manager

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There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else. Sam Walton, Founder of Walmart Becoming a manager is a hard job. Most people become managers after being great individual contributors. One minute they’re making things, the next …