Saturday, 30 January 2010

Control ... everything

Apple has (at last) launched the iPad ... following their tried, trusted and tested approach of employing good functionality and great design.  However the 'ace up their sleeve' is the control they retain over both hardware and software.  No other manufacturer does this.  Apple knows that every iPhone app will also work on the iPad - they control all aspects.

The iPad is far from perfect - for me, the lack of Flash support is crippling.... but I am prepared to bet it will be a success and that users will find the experience 'smooth sailing' because of all that control.

The lesson!  Control everything you can ... either by doing it yourself or issuing firm specifications and testing to make sure others stick to them.  it might not be the best solution in the short term .. but like Apple, you might find it works very well in the longer-term.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Know what you do

Have you ever taken stock of the myriad tasks that you complete in a typical week.  If not, try writing down every hour - very briefly - what you have done in the last hour - and what you accomplished by doing it.  You might find out what makes the business tick ,,, and what you should be concentrating on in the future.

Monday, 18 January 2010

Online Productivity Tools

I am indebted to my friends at Mashable ( for pointing me in the direction of some useful personal productivity tools.  You might find some of these useful.

Take a look at:

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Think tomorrow today

Sometimes while struggling to keep up today, you forget about tomorrow. Dangerous! There are things happening today that will affect your tommorow - new laws and regulations, new competitors, new technology, etc. Take some time in your schedule to think about how today's changes might,impact you tomorrow. I lay aside at least 30 minutes each week ("Friday Futures") and force myself to consider what I have come across in the past week that might have future implications.

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Listen to me

Visionary leadership creates organisational excitement ... if that vision is effectively communicated. Not all of us, however, are visionaries. If you are not, you can still be a good communicator. That implies listening to what is going on around you as well as pontificating.

You might not create 'excitement' but you will get buy-in to plans and progress!

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Reminders work

We're all back at work .... but are we all working in the same way. Do we all remember the regulations, specifications, parameters and guidelines we are supposed to be working to. There is no harm in reminding people - as long as you do it carefully (and not patronisingly). And, of course, if you do it regularly, it becomes easier to avoid being patronising.

Saturday, 2 January 2010

No resolutions

Don't resolve to change your ways or do new things in the new year. Just do it!

But do plan where you are taking your business (after first understanding why that particular direction is important). What you needed for Xmas was a business satnav where you could have entered the direction and it would have told you how to get there. Unfortunately, they don't exist ... so its down to you.