How to communicate Change

For the last week I’ve been thinking about a couple of ideas for my blog. Nothing stood out and then I received an unexpected email from Google:

Now, I’m used to read Google’s blog where they announce upcoming changes. But this one is different. It’s for me the first time that I pro-actively get a “personal” email from Google announcing an upcoming change. I’m not going to discuss or analyse the change content itself but like to look at the way it is communicated. Continue reading

Do choices add value?

Every day we as leaders or managers have a multitude of decisions to make. Some we mull over, some need more information, some require consultation with others, and some we make on the spot. How do we make those decisions? What drives us to think about it or to take the dive and go for it?

I have a mostly logical way of deciding how to tackle each specific decision process. Although, sometimes I trust my gut feeling.

For this post I want to look at decisions that have multiple options, not simply yes / no decisions. For example, how do you evaluate which market segments you will strategically target in the next 3 years. The options could be Continue reading

Time Management is a skill based on attitude and habits

Time Management Mind Map

This will be a fairly brief post. However, I think it will resonate with some and bring back something that David Allan (Getting Things Done) and Steven Covey (7 habits of highly effective people) wrote about last century. This summary is my personal take on it. So here we go: Continue reading

It is a question of will, Mr. Wells!

novel by Felix J PalmaComing from anybody else’s mouth these words might have struck Mr Wells as trite, but uttered by the man in front of him they became the irrefutable truth. This creature was living proof that man’s will could move mountains and part seas. In that hospital wing, that refuge from the world, the distance between the attainable and unattainable was more than ever a question of will.

What might he be capable of – he who is only prevented from doing whatever he want by his own lack of self-belief?

Felix J. Palma, The Map of Time

I’m reading that book at present and last night I came across that passage. It reminded me very strongly on our capabilities as individuals and on our limitations. How often did I think, “I can’t do that.” It’s too difficult, I don’t know anything about it, I don’t have the tools, or even I don’t have the time, are the most common excuses I have used myself. Continue reading

Personal Values drive First Impressions

Two months ago I wrote about interviewing a candidate. The post was titled “Of Being Scary” and told the tale of a double surprise.

  • First, the candidate was surprised of being offered the job because he thought he ruined it.
  • Secondly, I was surprised hearing that as I thought the interview went well.

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