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Cultural and Societal Impact, Relevance and Responsiveness

The effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is

The effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is. – Jim Carrey – Commencement Speech You can help, support, care for others, look after them, boost them up and encourage them. You will have a positive effect on others and your work place. Or you can hinder, turn your back on them, …

Cultivated Management, Relevance and Responsiveness

How do you want to measure yourself?

One challenge you may face as a manager is how you measure yourself and your effectiveness. Your business results is a good measure, but it’s often your team that deliver those, not you directly. Of course, you have an impact on that, but does that measure you directly? Throughout my career I’ve never been able …

Cultivated Management, Education and Personal Development

Someone else’s opinion of you is none of your business

One of the things that held me back for years was the fear of what other people thought about me. It stopped me achieving greater potential earlier in my career. It prevented me from speaking at conferences. It stopped me writing and blogging. I’ll be honest, it can still creep in and be an issue …

Cultivated Management, Productivity

Don’t blame objects

It’s common to hear people blaming objects, documents and other non-living artefacts. “We built the wrong thing because the spec was wrong” “The customer’s list of requirements was wrong – it’s their fault” “The software didn’t support our process so we did it wrong” But behind each of these reasons/excuses (and the many thousands more reasons) are people. …

Cultivated Management, Education and Personal Development

The barrier is really low to learn

The barrier to learning something new is really quite low. There are online courses, eBooks, libraries, blogs galore, webinars, videos and meet ups. The barrier to learn from any one of these sources is tiny for most people. The ability to connect and find sources of learning has dramatically shifted in the last decade or …

Cultivated Management, Productivity

People are not efficient, but they can be effective

A few year’s back I attended a talk by Dr Paul Thomas about banning the boss and removing management. It was a brilliant talk and the sentiment is very sound – leave people alone to their job. One quote that stood out for me and resonated deeply was this: People are not efficient, but they can …

Cultivated Management, Cultural and Societal Impact, Education and Personal Development, Productivity, Relevance and Responsiveness

A Blazingly Simple Guide To Turning Around a Team

Turning Around a Team This guide is about turning around a failing or fledgling team (or growing a new team) in just 6 months. This could be turning around a failing team, changing a team’s direction (say from Waterfall to Scrum) or fixing a dysfunctional team process. 6 months’ sounds like a long time to turn …

Cultivated Management, Productivity

A Blazingly Simple Guide To Building A Support Team

When you start building and selling any sort of product you will need to start supporting it. Even if your product is high quality (which is of course, subjective) you will still have questions about it, or returns/refunds and other reasons your customers may want to get in touch with you. This short guide is for …