That's the line that made me quit my job more than a decade ago; we'd come up with a - at that time - radical idea on how to automate e-mail marketing and create a true dialogue based on software and rules (this was in the 90's; today the world is over-populated with these solutions)
I came to remember this as I read through McKinsey's "Six secrets to true originality" which I highly recommend you to read through too:
We've just spend some days on the border between Myanmar and Thailand and that includes navigating difficult terrain through the jungle around the mountains
Which made me think - when I look down to make sure I don't step on scorpions, snakes or other unpleasant things, I risk losing wading directly into just as unpleasant bushes with sticky things that hurts long after...
It's much easier to complain and blame what we feel are outside factors for the frustrations that we encounter in our lives, professional as well as private
I personally feel I have a fairly good relationship between what I have to do and what I love to do - and at the same time keeping healthy to a level where I'm happy with it; here you can find the five things that I do to keep this going
Follow these six steps to get a good start in your new job or position - good luck
Make sure that you don't get stuck in where you are; make sure that you develop yourself too - don't postpone it and tell yourself that you'll focus on yourself 'later' because you're too busy at the moment
When you start thinking like that, the people you'll compete with for your next job is already ahead of you!
I'm contacted daily by people who's searching for jobs - the oil price has taken it's toll and there's more people job hunting than I've experienced in the Middle East before
Most of them have one thing in common - they want to work everywhere with anything - but is that cool?
Our ability to solve problems creatively and to combine several complex concepts to find one new, innovative solution is becoming top-priority in the future, backed by our ability to manage people to actually get the ideas and solutions executed
Key take-away? Focus on your skills as human being, on creating strong (and right) teams for business development and customer service, and let the computers do the rest :)
Take the test at HBR.org to see if you're a super-boss too - and don't forget to reflect on the questions as it's the reflection, and not your easy-to-guess answers that gives you value :)
It's often stated that the middle-manager is caught between a rock and a hard place; they have top-down pressure from top management and bottom-up pressure from the employees
Everybody deals with this differently; some feel constantly pressured, some relay information unconsciously between top management and employees and some connect, communicate and grow
Companies are fighting daily to keep competitive, to keep cost-effective and to keep customer and employee satisfaction as high as possible – and when a certain satisfactory position has been achieved, they relax a little
Unfortunately, this is no longer possible – there is no ‘when this is over…’ anymore
This is what I try to adhere to every day and it's harder than you think - and more worth it than you can ever imagine!
Just watch it :)
Get your priorities in order
It's only possible to reduce stress and the feeling of 'too much' if you accept that there are some areas that you are okay not paying attention to - but you need to select what you want to see & read and what you don't want to see & read
If you really want to make a difference, you must do something else than your competitors
Something that has not been done before (at least in your part of the world or in your markets) - it doesn't have to be a grand strategy that disrupts the complete industry, but it has to be something not quite seen or experienced before within your realm of business
In an ever-changing world you need to be ever-changing too
The days of grand project schemes with three years' completion time are over (unless you're in the construction or pharmaceutical industry ;-) because your business environment changes so much in three years that your projects most likely will be obsolete and outdated once they're finally done
You've tried it. We all have; the endless e-mail dialogue with maybe-not-our-best-colleague where we constantly battle to find arguments to prove the other part wrong
And the other part literally sitting in the office on the other side of the hallway, less than 10 meters away from you
It all started one morning with an email from that colleague with a message that annoyed the living daylights out of you...
Every time I go to a conference, read a blog, a publication or a white paper, I experience the same; lot's of great ideas, points, takeaways and 'trueisms' (things that you just know are true)
And every time I get a little annoyed
I hear and read from so many 'experts' how to do the right way in social media, in customer loyalty, to avoid business disruption, to prepare for the next 'big' etc. etc. and I just feel it's to easy for them to say
Only very few problems goes away by ignoring them; most prevails and even tend to grow bigger by not addressing the issue
Why do we tend not to address the clear and present challenges in front of us?
If you sell three products through three different sales channels, you most likely will have six managers, three channel managers and three product managers
Who's responsible for the sales?
The product manager can claim that failure to reach the targets is because the channel managers failed to sell - and the channel managers can claim their channel is not performing due to poor products