There’s no point in the theory if you never put it into practice. Learning new things is interesting but making use of the new knowledge and turning it into a regular habit is far more important. Now, I’m not a really a gym person but I recently joined a gym. It happens to be on the 3rd floor, yet the majority of people take the lift up to the gym. Let’s think about this for … [Read more...] about Stop taking the lift up to the gym! Incorporate training into your daily schedule.
Striking the balance between freedom and ensuring consistency is difficult. As a leader you need to be one step ahead of your team in order shape the decision making process. Take for example these two pictures of toothbrushes. They belong to my sons, but who has the green one? We always have trouble getting our boys out of the house in the morning. If they forget to … [Read more...] about Freedom, Consistency and Toothbrushes
The early identification of risks can save time and avoid a lot of stress. However, it is often left too late which only leads to more problems. Asking more detailed questions and reserving separate blocks of time for completing reviews can help. Have you ever been around toddlers or young kids as they are being potty trained? Here are few common scenarios: Before leaving … [Read more...] about Risk Reviews, Early Escalation and Potty Training
It’s often said that more choice is better. To a certain extent choice is good, but removing options can help focus and productivity. Have you heard of an Acrostic? It’s a word I hadn’t come across for a long time. It’s a simple concept though. The first letter of each line spells out a word or message. Here’s an example... I’d been thinking about the topics for further … [Read more...] about Embrace Constraints for Productivity
Contrary to common belief, software developers are actually better prepared for some leadership roles than is often thought. A common “myth” is that software developers don’t usually make good team leaders. It is clear that some skills needed for the two jobs often differ, eg hard analytic skills vs soft interpersonal skills. A development background can however help in … [Read more...] about 3 Reasons Why Software Developers Make Great Leaders