"If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea." - The little Prince
Nov 11, 2020
80 Stashed Ideas
Pressurizing employees to play hard according to your company policies and work culture can be counterproductive. Straightforward motivation, designed to keep employees working feels superficial, unimaginative and even hostile.
Trying to convince employees by being nice to them and telling them what they should do doesn’t seem to work in the modern workforce full of knowledge workers. This is because the focus is on what the employer wants, and not on the employee.
There is an assumption among many that if someone is an achiever at a young age, the unique talent must be an innate ability, and not slogging. The extraordinary milestones that are met before the usual timeframes feel disruptive, and unsettles the status quo.
The truth is many young achievers have spent years working hard, and overcoming substantial challenges to reach the celebrated milestones.
A feedback method focused on providing nonthreatening and open-minded feedback.
The formula goes: “Got a minute? Great. I need your help. I noticed that [problem behavior goes here.] (Pause) I was wondering what’s causing this problem (pause), because it cannot continue. What do you suggest we do?”
If the work is reported to be ok or fine by your subordinates, maybe you need to dig in deep and probe more.
The employee reporting to you may be struggling and not providing the true details of the situation.
Having the right mentor or ‘Guru’ in our life can change one's entire trajectory. It’s common to see people labelled as good mentors, but rare for anyone to make themselves into good mentees.
Memorability, or the ability of mentees to derive benefit from mentoring, relies on an open, mutually beneficial partnership.
Born in a Jewish family in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Jane Jacobs is considered a founder of the New Urbanist movement.
What made her vision particular was the fact that she would look at cities as though they were living ecosystems, made up of interconnected elements. Furthermore, she was not into overcrowded cities, but rather well-planned high density. Having always been attracted by the design of the cities, she took up a career in writing on the topic once she moved in New York City and later on in Greenwich Village.
In the US, there are only two parties considered by most voters - the Democrats (the liberal party) and the Republicans (the conservative party).
Others, like the Libertarian, Green and Independent parties occasionally put forth a nominee.
Automation has a huge potential to change the nature of work, freeing up workers from tedious, repetitive, and precision work. Automation is a transformational change for owners, employees and customers, along with the society at large.
A McKinsey study estimates that around 50 percent of current work could be automated, and companies that support automation and AI end up creating better jobs.
A short-term fix for making employees stay is to pay the employees well. This is not a long-term strategy, as having people in a company for purely financial reasons wouldn't be a good idea. But if employees aren't paid well, great performers will find it hard to stay.