I have been reflecting a lot over the last few months about the work that I have done, the promise I can make someone new, and what I am good at. This review process should be a regular occurrence, and … Continue reading Category Design: Communications & Culture.
We often get hiring and promotions back to front. We look for people with the existing experience doing the role, because we approach the process risk adversely, with the idea that we will therefore minimize errors. Rather, we should approach from … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 75: Hiring Advice.
When you attend a conference or speaking event, the panelists or keynotes are often introduced as “insightful.” Insight is what we seek. That’s why we attend. They have discovered or uncovered or reimagined something and they are going to share with … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 71: Insights Disorganize.
There is a quote attributed to the economist Theodore Levitt that I read like an epiphany: “People don’t want to buy a quarter-inch drill, they want a quarter-inch hole.” It is so obvious, yet mind blowing. It makes us reconsider … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 70: People Want Holes.
A few years ago I wrote a post titled “Teach me something I don’t know.” It was about the question that Google Founder Sergiy Brin apparently asks interviewees. Put on the spot, interviewees “…think for a minute, and then their … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 69: Teach Me Something (I Don’t Know).
The cannabis industry is going round in circles month after month, quarter after quarter. It is so depressing. Write downs, production cuts, international contraction, the slow merger of retail, the slow price reduction, the slow victory of legal over illicit, … Continue reading Cannabis Diaries Week 48: Unpredictability.
We have hopefully all experienced the wonderful moment of serendipity, where events just seem to naturally coalesce around us with a happy outcome. Serendipity is often synonymous with “luck” but there is more to it. We can manufacture serendipity, we can put … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 68: Manufacture Serendipity.
Learning should not be part of a performance management process, privately applied by you and annually discussed between you and your line manager. Learning should be public. “Work is learning and learning is the work,” says Harold Jarche. We should share … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 67: Learning is Public.
Resumes suck, and Aline Lerner has the data to prove it, concluding “at the end of the day, the resume is a low-signal document.” No doubt. A list of where you worked, the titles you held, the qualifications you earned. Very … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 66: Explain Yourself.
Be careful of organizational swear words. (maybe it’s “Agile!” or “Disruption!”). The kind of words that are always used with quotation marks and a roll of the eyes. Instead, listen hard for the organizational words and ideas that matter, that have the … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 65: Pick up the Lingo.
Working out loud is the process by which you make your work a) observable; and b) narrated. I first started working out loud online. Eventually, I built enough confidence to make it a physical undertaking. I moved my desk under the … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 64: Under the Stairs.
The number one challenge for talented people is that the talent does not match the title or job description. We are talking about creating the role that manifests your genius. It is unlikely the company will decree it. You need to make … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 63: Get Rid of Titles.