Category: Productivity

Cultivated Management, Cultural and Societal Impact, Productivity

Your people need a plan too

People need a plan too image

“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, 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, Money and Finance, Productivity

5 Reasons To Build A Development Team In Poland

Wroclaw Square

Over the last few years I’ve been lucky enough to help build, grow and scale a team in Wroclaw, Poland. It’s been a highlight of my career and one I shall always remember. Poland is one of the many growing and rapidly expanding countries where the tech industry is investing heavily and the local industry …

Cultivated Management, Productivity

10 Ideas for managing people who work remotely

Wroclaw Square

10 Ideas for managing people who work remotely If you’re building a remote team it’s super crucial to treat them the same as you would your local team – and this often means making big changes to yourself and how you work. Remote teams need more active communications and can often feel disconnected from the …

Cultivated Management, Productivity

The fastest checkout operator in the West (Of Sheffield)

Speeding Car

The year is 1996. Britpop is all the rage. The weather is hot. Really hot. One of the hottest summers in British history and I’m sat in a baking hot basement canteen on my lunch break. I work part-time in my local supermarket. Today, the hottest day of the year, I am at work. I’m …

Cultivated Management, Education and Personal Development, Productivity

Go Forth And Share

Go Forth And Share

Some people aren’t natural sharers…..of information that is. And in the business world this lack of sharing of information and knowledge can have a profound effect. People often don’t share for nothing other than they just don’t think about it, or see the point in it. It’s not usually them being malicious. It’s not for …