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September 25, 2010

Beating procrastination

The 15-minute method is a way to help overcome inertia and get moving on a task. It's basically a psychological trick, and it's very simple. Prepare your environment in advance. Set out all the materials you'll need to work on your task for 15 minutes. For those 15 minutes, focus single-mindedly on the task at

September 19, 2010

Three things needed for change

David McClelland's team at Harvard summarised the requirements for any significant change to be lasting and effective as follows: People must... ...be willing to change (if they're not it's a motivation issue) ...be able to change (if they're not it's a training/competency issue) ...not be prevented from changing (if they are, it's a 'systemic' issue)

September 12, 2010

How to decide by tossing a coin

Ever been stuck and unable to make a decision between two courses of action? Logic would have us believe that there is some logical decision making process that will enable us to actually make the decision. That may be so, but if you knew what it was, you wouldn't be stuck! So toss a coin.

September 5, 2010

Using measures to drive behaviour

Some say "What gets measured gets done." So only measure things that matter. Peter Drucker said "There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all." Also be careful that measuring something does not take attention away from critical things that are not being measured. What is critical and