The organizational psychologist Adam Grant talks about a personality matrix on two axes: givers and takers, and agreeable and disagreeable. We can imagine that colleagues who take are a nightmare to work with, selfish and focused on their own needs. … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 84: Be a Disagreeable Giver.
Challenge and change. The two go hand in hand. We have an emergent challenge – and the only thing to do is to change something, maybe everything, to overcome it. We want to change something. Oh, but by doing so, … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 44: You can’t spell C H A l l e N G E without C H A N G E.
COVID19 lockdown hit in March and I suddenly had a whole lot of time on my hands. I am both creative and action-oriented, so I determined: it’s time to write that book. I dusted off my notes I have picked … Continue reading 5 Things I Learned From Making 100 COVID Lockdown Videos.
All well-respected corporate environments have a certain phraseology that says to the world: “We are professional and august.” One of the top 10 words, if you ever want to be the HIPPO – highest paid person in the room – is “Efficiency.” … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 39: Efficiency!
The science fiction writer Theodore Sturgeon famously said: “Ninety percent of everything is crap,” … This became known as Sturgeon’s Law, and it is applied to the advantage of the disorganizer. Everyone else makes outsize promises about their work, they ask for the … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 32: Sturgeon’s Law.
In pandemic times, it’s good to follow the advice from that well-known Wartime reminder that people have pinned up in their workstation: KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON. In our workplace, however, we should take more care, and question our surroundings more critically. If … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 29: Keep Calm (Don’t) Carry On.
I have been reading far and wide to understand where the (post) COVID times organizational battlelines will be drawn. There have been some generally positive observations as working from home changes our workplace dynamics. Firstly, pretty much everyone has noted … Continue reading COVID Diaries Week 16: Workplace Clash!
After the comedown from 3-4 years of pure speculation and numbers picked from the air with a chef’s kiss attached, in 2020 we see a smorgasbord of depressing, angry, and pathetic stats coming from the real world of legal cannabis. … Continue reading Cannabis Diaries Week 38: Numbers Don’t Lie.
Consider the organizational view. Maybe even author it, and believe in it. Build and deliver the norms and processes that deliver against that view. That is NORMAL. But! (there is always a but!) Challenge EVERYTHING. Also step outside it, determine … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep.14: Challenge Everything.
I have lived through months and months of doom and gloom in my arms-length relationship with the cannabis industry. I joined the industry when it was in a downward trajectory, only for it then to throw itself off a cliff. … Continue reading Cannabis Diaries Week 35: Cut Yerself Some Slack.
As a communicator, I like this little bit of organizational physics: for each action there is an equal and opposite reaction (and a social media overreaction) If you want to change what goes on around you in the workplace, you … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep.4: Creative Tension
May is Mental Health month, and I see many great posts from people around the world who have experiences and commentary; and I think to myself: “Wow, I am blessed that I do not suffer from this disease.” Only, of … Continue reading COVID Diaries Week 11: Mental Health Edition