One of the best ways to direct yourself and your team is through clear goal setting and measuring performance against those goals. Likely when it comes time to set goals your Human Resources department provides training on SMART goals and how to use them. This is clearly an intelligent way to think about goals – but there are a couple more things to consider.
- Goals must be your own
- Goals should be difficult to achieve
First, it is important that goals set are goals you want to complete. Continue reading
Everyone has their own idea of the best way to manage your time, email, calendar free time and all other aspects of your life, and is happy to sell it to you. Whether it is the getting things done, win, zen of outlook or any other current fad, the good ones all have a few basic principles.
- Discipline. We are all lacking it at times. Having and working a system can help enforce discipline when we need it.
- Simplicity. If you can’t remember it, it won’t work.
- Focus on importance. Distractions abound. Avoid them.
- Uses the right tool for the job.
- Personalized to you. If it doesn’t fit you and your working style, it won’t work. Continue reading
What are the little things which annoy you today? How would you fix them?
Someone out there may come up with a brilliant solution to your problem, making the way you used to do things seem completely unacceptable in comparison. Along the way, they may just create something worth some serious cash. What keeps you from being the one to create it?
Herman Comic Strip on GoComics.com.
Readers of the popular Dilbert comic strip will have no-doubt seen this recent comic.
This concept comes from the book, Outliers, where author Malcolm Gladwell repeatedly talks about how it requires 10,000 hours of practice to become truly good at something.
Some questions this raises: Continue reading
How will your application do when you succeed?
When planning for capacity, everyone prepares for the average day, or perhaps a couple times that volume; but how about the day when your product or service goes viral and becomes insanely successful overnight? Most of us are not truly prepared for success, and can’t fathom the full potential upside of our actions. This phenomenon has been called the Digg, Slashdot or Reddit effect (among others), and has been the cause of many companies or sites missing out on most or all of their moment in the sun.
Don’t miss yours.
How? Though each situation is unique, here are a few tips: