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In praise of checklists

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According to the book The Checklist Manifesto - How to Get Things Right, the humblest of quality control devices, "the checklist" - is the key to taming our busy, overwhelmed, fast-changing, high-tech world.

The magic of regular feedback

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You might recognize some of the following “myths” about Millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000) - that they are somehow “different” ie:

How to run an effective daily stand up meeting

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As mentioned in a previous article, The Power of Small Wins, studies show that when people can see that they are making tangible progress every step of the way and experience "small wins", they become more engaged and productive. These "small wins" are the incremental steps toward longer term goals.

The power of "small wins"

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We dream of better futures, so we set Big Hairy Audacious Goals for our personal lives and our organizations, and work diligently toward their achievement. But because the due dates for our BHAGs are so far into the future, it is a rare event when we actually get to feel the thrill and satisfaction of achieving these long-term goals.

4 practices to drive employee engagement and energize your team

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How to energize and engage your team at work:

Hierarchy - a good or bad thing?

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Management guru Gary Hamel has stated that “bureaucracy must die” and that “top down control is toxic.”

How to manage highly productive virtual teams

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The last few weeks have seen me working remotely from locations in the USA (San Francisco) and throughout New Zealand (Oamaru, Hamilton, and Auckland). Even though I have been working remotely for many years now, I still have to pinch myself from time to time and reaffirm my gratitude for the technologies that allow me to perform my role and continue to work with clients no matter where in the world I am located.

How will you measure your life?

How will you measure your life?

One of the books that has impacted me the most in recent years is How will you measure your life? by Harvard Professor, Clayton Christensen (of The Innovator’s Dilemma fame)

Company Culture isn't just fluff, it's about business RESULTS

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Company culture. It isn’t about the fluffy stuff. Company Culture is completely about your bottom-line [helpful infographic enclosed].

5 benefits of radical transparency in business

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Transparency is something most people value, whether it’s in business, politics or with personal relationships. Unfortunately, in many cases, the word transparency is used as little more than a buzzword. 

So. What does transparency mean? In its simplest sense, being transparent in business means clear, unhindered honesty – so zero hidden agendas or conditions and making information available to everyone.

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