Posts Tagged ‘ work ’

On Working Out Loud

Working out loud is not something we normally think of doing. In fact, we’re taught to do the opposite. Knowledge work is often quiet, solitary and independent. But working out loud—and objectively and meaningfully sharing status—can have some important and valuable benefits.



On Perfectionism And Pragmatism

Our approach and attitudes toward perfection gets in the way of doing the work that we need, and the work that is value. Finding the optimal outcome of ‘good enough.’



On Not Ticking The Boxes

It’s easy to get into a routine—and a rut—where the work that we do is just ticking the boxes. It’s a great deal harder to think about how the work that we do gets used, and what we need to do to make it as easy as possible for the work gets used. But doing so makes all the difference.



What Do You Think You Are Doing?

On the very good days, we can be exceptionally creative and productive. On the bad days, we can’t even spell ‘productive,’ let alone use it coherently in a sentence. What we know about engagement and procrastination, and what we need to keep in mind.



Done vs. Done Well

How we think about work is perceptual. How we approach it is critical. We can just do the work, or we can invest the effort to do it well. Why I think that’s important.



Busy vs. Engaged

There is a seductive appeal to being busy. It creates the illusion of engaged, involved, vital. It can also be a sign that we are avoiding what matters. Taken to extremes, we are overwhelmed with work and unable to find meaning.



The Horrible, Awful, Terrible Truth About Creativity

I delivered a webinar a couple of weeks ago that was not awesome. I had hoped it would be amazing. The opportunity was there. And yet it fell short. The reason why provides a lot of insight into how creativity really works.