Tag: Focus

  • Cutting back on digital – the gains, and the withdrawal symptoms

    I’m trying to wean myself off ubiquitous digital connectivity. Over the last few weeks my trusty iPhone 6 has been running more and more slowly. I took the plunge, backed it up and wiped it over the weekend which cured its sluggish symptoms. But it also allowed me to deal with something I’ve been aware…

  • Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.

    The best quote from the worst film in the Star Wars series. At the risk of going the full David Brent, I’d like to offer the following: Trust leads to conflict. Conflict leads to commitment. Commitment leads to accountability. Accountability leads to results. Results are the measures of success of high-performing teams. It may not have the…

  • It’s not about you – helping your team to focus on results

    Many potentially high-performing teams still lose their way. Trust is high, fierce debate is present, commitment and accountability is well-developed – but when three, six, twelve months have passed, there’s always a reason why they haven’t delivered. The reasons may be understandable; the decisions justified – but given their time again, the team would have…

  • Three Steps to Build Accountability

    We’ve talked about trust, conflict and commitment. They’re vital ingredients of high-performing teams except… we haven’t actually done any work yet. Following a decision, once work is underway, teams can often be tripped up by a lack of accountability – an unwillingness to hold each other to account for delivery. Accountability can only be built on…

  • Flagnored

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    I came across this quote on twitter at the weekend. My friend Brian suggests “Flagnored“. We all succumb to self-defeating behaviour like this – right now I have 17 flagged messages in my work account and a further 42 in my personal account. My thoughtless approach to this backlog is to clear them out, last-in-first-out, skipping…