Just read an article
on FastCompany about Zynga, makers of Farmville, Mafia Wars, and other social networking games. From the interview, at least, it sounds like a Spirit of the New Workplace kind of place.
Added by Joe Harder on October 28, 2010 at 9:26am —
finished reading "Whistle While You Work" and got several tips to bring
into Spirit of the New Workplace next weekend. Would recommend it to
anyone seeking clarity on their "calling" and how it can come through
even in less than dream jobs.
I've mentioned Richard Lieder's work before, in the context of his "calling cards" exercise, but this was the first chance I'd had to read about that… Continue
Added by Joe Harder on August 8, 2010 at 8:50am —
Okay, last one, but if nothing else, I'll have these all in one easily accessible place: "Stop Multi-Tasking and Do One Thing at a Time."
Added by Joe Harder on July 5, 2010 at 4:09pm —
Yet another good article on time management and focusing on what matters: "Avoid Office Distractions with Time Blocking."
Added by Joe Harder on July 5, 2010 at 2:57pm —
This article generated a lot of comments on the FastCompany site, which I have yet to wade through. But couldn't we all hold better meetings? "Unconventional Cures for… Continue
Added by Joe Harder on July 5, 2010 at 2:27pm —
Added by Joe Harder on July 5, 2010 at 2:25pm —
Another Fast Company article in the Work Smart series, titled "Take Back your Calendar with Defensive Scheduling."
One more to come (if it's any good :-).
Added by Joe Harder on July 5, 2010 at 2:13pm —
I'm gearing up to do a day on managing your energy, not your time for a corporate client in October, so am checking out various resources. I like David Allen's approach a lot, and enjoyed the Fast Company article titled "Work Smart - How to Avoid the Busy Trap"
that references his work.
Added by Joe Harder on July 5, 2010 at 2:09pm —
Just saw this article
about motivation in sports, but thought it applied to work as well!
Added by Joe Harder on May 19, 2010 at 8:46am —
In reading more, I found this link
in one of the comments for the article
I linked to yesterday.
Many more innovative offices are listed in this new article (and one commenter even says s/he's seen all of the original ones there), so enjoy!
Added by Joe Harder on May 15, 2010 at 7:00am —
Peter Robertson sent this link
to me today...very relevant for SNW-aspiring companies I thought!
Also, I just had a conversation today with Helen Qubain, who is going to incubate an idea at Darden this summer about spaces that people could use to take "conscious breaks" (my words), whether for creativity, energy shift, meditation, whatever.
I'm looking forward to following up with her and putting her in… Continue
Added by Joe Harder on May 14, 2010 at 11:30am —
Folks, I've adapted the Showing Up For Your Life at Work
guided journal we have used in Spirit of the New Workplace and turned it into a downloadable e-book called "What's Your Perfect Day and 19 Assorted Questions to Improve Your Work Life."
Attached are the preface and first three panels, and I'd welcome feedback.
- Joe… Continue
Added by Joe Harder on May 3, 2010 at 11:55am —
My friend and former colleague Stew Friedman has an approach called Total Leadership in which the emphasis is on finding "four-way wins," actions that are positive for work, self, family, and community.
Some of you may have read this book for our course, as it's been on the list for a few years now.
In his blog
, he recently wrote about how to effectively choose from among… Continue
Added by Joe Harder on April 13, 2010 at 10:41am —
For the second year I'm going to be managing an Upper Minors Little League team. Last year we had at least three forfeits due to lack of enough players, but this year we have a roster of fifteen.
At yesterday's practice, twelve made an appearance, and nine or ten seem to have some clue.
Managing playing time will be a challenge, but I will aim to communicate with every player individually, with the team as a whole, and will reward good efforts as well as good… Continue
Added by Joe Harder on April 1, 2010 at 9:30am —
Clif Bar provides a good case study in a number of ways. I was looking for an article online that my mom had sent me from the Fresno Bee, but alas, I can't find it.
However, I did find a couple of other good stories about Clif Bar:
Added by Joe Harder on January 14, 2010 at 9:30am —
Just found out about something I had never heard of before, though it makes perfect sense.
, that uses less ink (I guess)? It came up in the context of Al Gore's new book and why he didn't use this new font.
Food for thought,
Added by Joe Harder on January 13, 2010 at 9:48am —
The linked chart
shows the typical amounts of caffeine in different drinks.
Very interesting, especially where big chains rank, and also how relatively low espresso is.
I love my caffeine (just typing the word makes me crave coffee), and coffee (and green and black teas) are… Continue
Added by Joe Harder on January 13, 2010 at 9:30am —
Well, two articles that make Zappos.com sound like a Spirit of the New Workplace kind of culture.
The first is "On a scale of 1-10, how weird are you?"
Added by Joe Harder on January 12, 2010 at 11:51am —
Holistic human asset practices
Organizations exist to accomplish things that individuals acting alone cannot. I still remember this truism from the first management textbook with which I taught. In exchange for money and other things of value, individuals agree to give some of their time and energy to the organization. People organize for reasons of expected synergy, just as people engage in market exchanges for individual utility-maximizing reasons. Bill Ouchi, professor,… Continue
Added by Joe Harder on January 2, 2010 at 11:41am —
Here is a recent article
from FastCompany.com about typical types of people in meetings. Do you recognize yourself or your colleagues in any of these descriptions? Which ones are positive? Which ones that are negative do you think you do too much of? Do you want to change?
Personally, I want to be more of a Maestro!
Added by Joe Harder on November 28, 2009 at 3:59pm —