Here are a few items tied together with the theme of FLOW.
I love this post by Johnnie Moore called Productive Meetings. In it he talks about the value of being LESS organized and regimented and MORE organic – focusing on the quality of the overall conversation. Meetings ought to be conversations, first and foremost, not some torture chamber of repetitive irrelevance. Here’s a snippet:
"There are no universal solutions, but I often encourage people to get less attached to instant results and more interested in the quality of conversation. And if the fact that meetings aren’t productive is really a big issue, then perhaps what’s needed is a more honest and reflective conversation about why that keeps happening."
Anita, over on the Worthwhile blog offers this post about A Personal Work Manifesto. I like what she has to say here. How does this relate to flow? It’s about working with your passions, style, preferred way of working – the manifesto is about how to make work flow for you and put you into a flow state. Snippet:
"After reading this, I remembered that I had written a personal career manifesto a while back. With a few exceptions (when you’re building a business, you have to do some things that don’t play perfectly to your strengths), I’ve stuck to it:
- I will spend at least 80% of my time working at things that play to my strengths.
- I will only do work where I have a strong degree of creative control.
- I will spend my days doing work that I believe adds something positive to the world.
- I will not work with (and certainly never for) bullies or dishonest or mean people.
- Freedom of movement is key to my doing my best work. I will never work in a controlling environment.
What about you? Anyone else ever written a personal work manifesto?"
If you were going to write a personal work manifesto, what would you write?
Guy Kawasaki offers this entertaining but also sad post called How to Prevent a Bozo Explosion. The reason it is sad is because many companies have symptoms of what Guy calls Bozosity. Here are a couple of the signs:
"1. The two most popular words in your company are "partner" and "strategic." In addition, "partner" has become a verb, and "strategic" is used to describe decisions and activities that don’t make sense.
2. Management has two-day offsites at places like the Ritz Carlton to foster communication and to craft a company mission statement.
3. The aforementioned company mission statement contains more than twenty words–two of which are "partner" and "strategic."
4. Your CEO’s admin has an admin."
Which way is your work flowing – toward or away from the Bozo Explosion? Over a year ago, I interviewed Guy and we talked about the Bozo Explosion. At that time he focused on it from a hiring perspective. Here is a piece of that earlier post:
"I got a chuckle out of his reference to Bozo Explosions. Here’s how it happens according to Kawasaki:
A Players hire other A Players – This is good and the desired outcome.
B Players hire C Players
C Players hire D Players
And it doesn’t take long to get to Z Players. This results in a Bozo Explosion!"
There you have it, a couple ways of looking at a bozo explosion. What’s the level of bozosity in your company? The higher it is, the less likely your work will reach a flow state.