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Success and Failure (Get Your Free Celebration Grid Poster!)

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 22:28
Success and Failure v1.00 - Poster

Success and Failure – The Celebration Grid

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Categories: Project Management

Time for a Speaking Break, and a Writing Streak

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 10:33
speaking break

When I travel a lot, I dream of being back home for a while so that I can “get things done”. My God, the traveling is a giant productivity killer!

However, when I am home for a couple of months, I yearn for new events, conferences, and gatherings. Because, even for an introvert like me, working alone can feel so… alone.

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Categories: Project Management

Interview with Dave Gray about The Connected Company

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 13:55
the-connected-company

Last year, I read the book The Connected Company by Dave Gray, and I gave it five stars. As an experiment, I decided to reach out to Dave with a couple of questions, and he graciously took time to reply.

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Categories: Project Management

The Crater of Unhappiness

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 10:52
meteor-crater

Many years ago, during a trip through the USA, a friend and I visited Meteor Crater, a giant crater left behind by a meteorite. At the bottom of the crater, there are some remains of a small airplane. We were told that, many years ago, the plane had unintentionally flown into the space contained within the crater, and was then unable to get out.

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Categories: Project Management

Introducing: Me 3.0

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 12:48
Me 3.0

Some people noticed that my avatar pictures on the social networks were deviating from the real-life version at a slow but steady pace.

Yes, I’m getting older!
Thanks for pointing it out.

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Categories: Project Management

How Can I Help You Enjoy Your Job?

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 14:08
helping-hand

People from all over the world sign up to join the Happy Melly business network because–apparently–they think we’re doing a good job. That’s so awesome. It also increases the pressure on us to report on what we’re doing. And it makes me think harder: What can I do to help people enjoy their job?

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Categories: Project Management

Champfrogs: A SketchKeynote Presentation

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 13:10
champfrogs-2

I have blogged before about my experiment with a sketchkeynote format. In this presentation, the entire slide deck consists of hand-made drawings. And when I present, the drawings appear on-screen one-by-one, while the item I’m talking about is always highlighted.

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Categories: Project Management

Backlogs Are Not Waste

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 17:03
Backlogs Are Not Waste

To some people, to-do lists and product backlogs are waste. I disagree. I see them as repositories of ideas and options.

There is nothing wasteful about the concept of a backlog. A backlog itself is not waste. What matters is how people use them.

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Categories: Project Management

The Newest Management 3.0 Game: Improv Cards

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 16:04
Improv Cards

The Improv Cards game contains 52 playing cards with pictures on them. You play it with at least three people, though best is probably a table of four to six players.

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Categories: Project Management

The #NoBureaucracy Discount

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 17:23
No Bureaucracy

On just a single day, I had to deal with various activities that I can only describe as bureaucracy.

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Categories: Project Management

No.

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 23:01
Say No.

Last week, I had a nice Skype call with a reader who was seeking my advice on becoming an author and speaker, and I gave him some pointers. I normally don’t schedule calls with random people asking for a favor, but this time I made an exception. I had a good reason.

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Categories: Project Management

Best Creativity Books

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 20:34
best-creativity-books

After my lists of mindfulness books and happiness books, here you can find the 20 Best Creativity Books in the World.

This list is created from the books on GoodReads tagged with “creativity”, sorted using an algorithm that favors number of reviews, average rating, and recent availability.

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Categories: Project Management

How to Improve OKRs (Flow, not Sync)

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 09:37
improve-okrs

After failing dramatically with my professional OKRs in the first quarter of this year (hint: I was no exception in my team), I want to take a moment to evaluate how the practice works for me, and how it doesn’t. Let’s do a Perfection Game with OKRs!

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Categories: Project Management