Psychology

A Singular Pillar of Productivity

Productivity generates profit. No argument. But it has two sides – it can be achieved through maximization by increasing output with constant resources (machines and people) or through minimization with constant output and decreasing machines and people. And the main pillars of both flavors are data, tools, and process.

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You Can’t Saw People in Half

When there’s a big job, you’re taught to break it into a series of sub tasks, sequence them, and go after them with vigor. When there are different types of work within a job, you’re taught to break down the work into related bits of work, assign specialists, and take them on with the utmost efficiency. When there’s a big problem, you’re taught to break it into mini problems, solve them one at a time, and then recombine. This works sometimes, but more often than not, it doesn’t.

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A Word About Assumptions: Part One

Reality is basically a series of assumptions we make about the world around us. Most of those assumptions are safe and sensible. Indeed, if you were to question every assumption all day long, you'd soon go mad. However, some assumptions are not reliable, either because they are based on misunderstandings or because the bases of those assumptions have changed. For instance..

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The Half-Life of Our Maps

The early explorers had maps, but they were wrong – sea monsters, missing continents, and the home country at the center. Wrong, yes, but the best maps of their day. The early maps weren’t right because the territory was new, and you can expect the same today.

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If You Want to Innovate – Read!

Whoever said, "if you want to read, lead", I agree wholeheartedly. But, I would submit, "if you want to innovate, read." Innovation is all about new ideas but where do you go to learn about what’s worked in the past and what might work in the future? Read. How do you develop the intellect and the library of ideas on which to draw for innovation? Read.

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