Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Quote of the week

"Become a milestone activitist"
- Tom Peters, The little BIG Things

Tom gets it. Do you?
Milestones = targets.
Milestones = feedback.
Milestones = momentum.

Do you think you can be successful without any of those? I don't, and neither does Tom.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Quote of the week

"I believe in starting each project with a stated goal"
- Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit

I find it interesting that all successful people - even creatives - use goals (in some form) to achieve their aims. Twyla Tharp is a world-famous dance choreography, and goals are just as important to her as to any CEO.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Quote of the week

"If you want to make a stand, help others make a stand, and if you want to reach your goal, help others reach their goal."
- Confucius

Wow, there's a lesson for managers. You want employees to push towards organizational goals? Show them how it meets their goals as well.

And there's an additional lesson for all of us - you cannot do it alone. Help others and you'll find the help you need.

Do you know the goals of those closest to you?

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Quote of the week

"If you start me up, if you start me up I'll never stop."

- The Rolling Stones

Mick Jagger on the art of management? Probably not, but there is a lesson in there for all managers. It doesn't take a lot to get your employees going (unless, of course, you already sucked all the life out of them... we'll pretend you haven't done that).

The key is just get them started and then get out of the way. And then they'll 'never stop, never stop, never stop, never stop'...