The death of ideas
Oct30

The death of ideas

I was trying to find out new ideas on how to grow ideas and I came through a nice article (Avoid Group-Think, Where Great Ideas Go to Die ) of blog 99u. In current companies ideas are very difficult to be found and during the time we have passed from buzz words like “brainstorming” to other buzz words like “lateral thinking” to land to “think outside the box”. There’s nothing wrong in these...

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Deal with a bad manager
Oct16

Deal with a bad manager

One of the things I discuss with my colleagues more often is whether or not we can chose our managers. Because the more we discuss about this the more we find out there’s not an unique answer; but this is a huge risk to take. On one side we all agree that a manager supporting you is THE key to have a good career. On the other we are debating if we can do something to choose whom to work with. And reason is not only for career,...

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Turning a good one into a good one again
Oct02

Turning a good one into a good one again

There’s an obvious statement: Having the right people is critical to accomplish any goal. Having them motivated and focused is important as well. People, being humans are not constant in their behaviour and, in the life of an employee people may enter in positive loops where they exploit their potential in full, or negative ones where the performance and behaviours decline. But person is still the same one, not changing the...

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Optimising your time: the 4ds
Sep25

Optimising your time: the 4ds

Every day we are hit by many task that we have to decide how to handle. The bigger the team, the bigger is the available firepower but also is increasing the risk to not to be able to assign the task to the correct person and with right priority. This becomes even more complex when tasks, being linked, need a “project approach”. Time management techniques are there from years and so are the delegation theories and you need...

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Discussing with your manager
Sep18

Discussing with your manager

In my career I discovered that talking with my people is taking care of them, making them feel valued and at same time a source of different point of views and opinion that allow me to better understand my team and get some touch of reality. Although my time is less than scarce I arrange regular meetings with all my team and one to ones with my direct reports on a weekly basis. Despite this, I have a terrible problem when people...

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Influencing behaviour with words
Sep11

Influencing behaviour with words

Life (and out of it especially the working part) is a journey not always linear and lucky. There are times where things do not go well and we as leaders need to decide how to communicate and behave toward our team. Remember that for our teams, big or small they may be, we are the reference for, so is pretty easy that they will look to us asking or guessing what will happen next. The answers and behaviors we will have will condition...

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Synergy is Energy
Sep04

Synergy is Energy

I have the lucky to work for a company that has some great talents and a strong set of “knowledge” on how to handle our work. And we communicate a lot. Inside and outside. And we have policies. Questionable in some cases but good ones overall. But. But unfortunately too often we don’t make synergies and each of the people in our company tend to do their piece with no or limited interest on making synergies with the...

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Email to zero
Aug28

Email to zero

Email is too much abused media. When things were written on paper and sent, effort (and cost) was enough not to encourage massive un-useful sending. That happened but more rarely. Simple it can be email took away the pain but became another huge pain because Too much information is difficult to handle and basically means having no information The cost of “chatting” via mail is often overlooked (with paper mail you would...

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Bringing people on board
Aug20

Bringing people on board

Hi all. back from some months but was (and still is) a very complex period. In any case we restart our publishing 🙂 and we do it by analyzing a possible strategy to motivate people on tedious tasks. All of us have come into a moment where, facing your team that asks to be convinced to do something  , you have the impulse to force your decision without losing too much time to explain it. You are the boss, isn’t it? And at the end...

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Planning for targets
May14

Planning for targets

Goals are not coming for free not is reaching them. Reaching a goal is not a random result but rather the consequence of a good planning and determination to pursuit the target. How you plan for reaching a target? First of all is good to put thing in a row and define your main target, your secondary targets and the intermediate milestones to achieve them. Prioritising in this is key and as well is key putting targets in a wider...

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