Cathy Davidson loves, loves, loves everything digital. “She likes anything that departs from the customary way of doing things, especially the customary way of educating children.” Her new book is Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn. She leads an interdisciplinary program at Duke.… Read More “Just One Thing at a Time” – More on the Myth of Multitasking (reflecting on Cathy Davidson, Now You See It)
I just presented my synopsis of Rework for some folks at Gaylord. Terrific group – wonderful session. It’s been a while since I’ve looked at this book. Here are some takeaways: • Some over-all observations from the book: 1) This book is a blinding flash of the obvious (that’s what many good books are!) 2) Results… Read More “Inspiration is Perishable” – And a Few Other Valuable & Useful Lessons from Rework by Fried and Hansson
So, what do we do when the wisdom sounds so right, so obvious – but may be wrong? I am a big fan of Jason Fried. I have presented a synopsis of his book (co-authored with David Heinemeier Hansson), Rework. I have blogged about his ideas, quoting him, reflecting on his ideas a number of… Read More The Office – Interruption Factory, Or Idea Factory? (Is Jason Fried Right, Or Wrong?)
My colleague Karl Krayer teaches eight principles in his sessions on writing skills. One principle is this: economize words. It is a valuable principle. Jason Fried (37Signals; co-author of Rework), recently put this up on his blog. (I first read it through Andrew Sullivan, here). I recently took some Q&A. The last question was asked… Read More Do You want to Communicate Clearly? – Economize words! (“The Future Belongs to the Best Editors,” says Jason Fried)
As I have observed many times, there are themes that crop in multiple books. And when this happens, I think they hint at true truth. That is, the kind of truth that is genuinely important, something to pay a lot of attention to. Here’s one that was reemphasized again this morning. My colleague Karl Krayer… Read More Singletask, Don’t Multitask – The Jury Really is In!
Yesterday, I presented my synopsis of the terrific book Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson for a corporate client in Dallas. In the midst of the presentation, we had some energetic conversation about this quote: If you’re constantly staying late and working weekends, it’s not because there’s too much work to be done. … Read More Rework’s “Alone Zone” And Its Unexpected Application To Customer Service
Important announcement from the Ministry of Gossip: THE GOSPEL ON CELEBRITY AND POP CULTURE PREACH IT! Prince declares Internet ‘completely over,’ Web somehow continues to function ——- I’ve got a problem. I can’t get my work done. Or, at least, I’m not getting it done. It’s not that I am not “at work.” It is… Read More The Productivity Challenge Of This Era
When That Moment Of Inspiration Arrives, Run With It – Now! When I presented Rework for the May First Friday Book Synopsis, I described the book as a “daily devotional for business readers.” If you are not aware, there are many magazines, and books, written with daily “devotional thoughts” for believers in all faiths. They… Read More Inspiration is Perishable — Don’t Let it Escape!
For the June First Friday Book Synopsis, I will be presenting a synopsis of the best-selling Daniel Pink book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. This has been well-reviewed, Bob Morris and I have both blogged about it on this site a few times, and it will be a terrific choice to help you think… Read More Coming in June for the First Friday Book Synopsis: Daniel Pink’s Drive, and Employee Engagement
Writing matters. Good writing makes a difference. Poor writing? – it simply does not get read. All good writing has this one element in common – the writing entices you to keep reading. Once it rambles, is dry, is boring, the reader is gone. Will the reader read my next sentence? is the question to… Read More If the Reader Quits Reading, Blame the Writing!