Build it up (buttercup)

Reality checks Last October I ran the Jakarta half-marathon and found it much harder than I expected. There were mitigating factors – it was hot and humid, and I was running with very low weekly mileage (about 10 miles a week!) – but even so, it was a tough finish. Up until that point I’d always assumed that the marathon-I-never-quite-got-around-to…

Peter Drucker on pay and rewards for knowledge workers

Knowledge workers demand economic rewards… Their absence is a deterrent. But their presence is not enough… [Knowledge workers] need opportunity; they need achievement; they need fulfillment; they need values. Only by making themselves into effective executives can knowledge workers obtain these satisfactions. Only executive effectiveness can enable society to harmonize its two needs: the needs of the organisation to obtain…

Leg ups

It’s easy to recruit people or find partners if you lower your standards, but you almost certainly shouldn’t – apart from anything else, when will you stop? A more useful approach is asking what you can do to help people get to the starting line. You might: Get better at finding to the right people at the right time; Be…

The hard part: other people

Your work probably has several hard parts, and one of them is almost certainly other people. If only they would… … do their jobs properly / be vaguely professional / relate to each other as grown-ups / take responsibility / have a little consideration / not bring home issues to the office / leave you alone … … you life…

Just in time (1)

There’s a good sort of just in time. We plan something, know what needs to happen and how, know what we need to do it well, when, where and with whom. This kind of just in time feels great, with the right amount of tension for whatever it is we’re doing. Good training events feel tight like the skin of…