Category: Productivity

Cultivated Management, Education and Personal Development, Health and Longevity, Productivity

People must feel the job develops them

One of your major opportunities as a manager is to develop the people in your team. People need to feel like the job develops them. People need to feel like they are mastering something and adding value, but they also need to feel like they are growing and developing, and that you care about that …

Education and Personal Development, Productivity

A commonplace book for managers

There are opportunities to learn and grow everywhere for managers. In every interaction, every meeting, every plan, every bit of feedback, from wins, from losses, from hiring, from strategy. You get it. Everywhere. We often just need to look out for these opportunities. That’s the hard part. But once you do start noticing your world …

Cultivated Management, Productivity

The number of directs is not a measure of management success

Resist the urge to derive your self-worth from the number of direct employees you have. Management isn’t about the sheer number of people you can manage. Management is about getting your business results. Any CFO worth their salt will also ask you to do that with the fewest people possible. Adding more people isn’t always …

Cultivated Management, Productivity

The dreaded “process”

Process improvement is an essential part of a manager’s job. I believe managers should be spending about 60% of their time talking to people, growing their talented individuals and cultivating themselves. The other 40% of their time should be spent improving the system. Most managers do neither and they wonder why good people leave and the …

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, 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 …