Category: Culture & Competency

Limiting the Work Day to Get More Done

Writing for Financial Times, Lucy proposes a return to the 9 to 5 workday, citing a number of benefits from doing so, including: – a reduction in time wasted by being at work but actually getting little done. – reducing the time allocated to work, thereby increasing the […]

Silos Kill Business

Christopher Penn writes about effective marketing. In a recent blog post, he talks about how silos kill business, and recommends tighter communication / coordination / collaboration instead: “If there’s been one overarching theme I’ve heard in dozens of discussions with people the past few months at various conferences, […]

Secrets of Success 101 – by Nicholas Bate

Nicholas has published another one of his thought provoking 101 blog posts, this time on the secrets of success. There’s always a lot in each to prod toward action, cause thinking, agree with, disagree with, and ruminate on during the small hours of the night. Here’s the first […]

Multiple Monitors: Blessing or Curse?

Farhad questions the benefit of using multiple monitors on his desktop computer, arguing that the benefits have been oversold: “The conventional argument in favour of dual monitors rests on what might be called the two-window problem. Imagine, for instance, the process of writing a research report. You have […]

Case Study: Lync at Beca New Zealand

ComputerWorld New Zealand has a case study on the benefits Microsoft Lync has brought to Beca New Zealand, an engineering consultancy. Aside from cost savings, those benefits include: – the ability to iterate faster and be more agile. In terms of agility, you can work from anywhere there’s […]

Decrease Interruptions, Increase Productivity

Dan Kennedy shares five tips on Entrepreneur.com about decreasing interruptions and increasing productivity: 1. Get lost. Don’t be so accessible. Go away, close your door, etc. 2. Don’t answer the phone. Don’t be “wide open to inbound calls.” Best approach – use a receptionist or secretary, or otherwise […]

Collaboration on the Intranet

In late September 2013 I presented a keynote speech at the Interaction 2013 conference in London. I talked about why the intranet needs to support collaborative activities, outlined some core concepts (culture, governance, adoption), and then talked about the journey ahead.