How to Hire Well – Building a Centre of Excellence

This post is the third in a series about building a centre of excellence.  Last time I wrote about why a centre of excellence is a competitive advantage in business.  This time … I am torn!  Should I next talk about developing your existing people, or about hiring new staff?   It was a close call.  I’ll … Read moreHow to Hire Well – Building a Centre of Excellence

Why A Centre of Excellence is a Competitive Advantage

Last week I kicked off a mini-series of blog posts about the importance of building a centre of excellence (CoE).  In this post I want to explore why you should view doing so as a competitive advantage for your company.   First, exactly how is a centre of excellence a competitive advantage? Building a centre of … Read moreWhy A Centre of Excellence is a Competitive Advantage

Why You Need to Build a Centre of Excellence

Over the coming weeks I plan to write a series of posts about building a centre of excellence.  I intend to cover some reasons why it is important, how you can set up your own, and discuss some of the things it could help improve in your business. For example, a recognised centre of excellence might help with: … Read moreWhy You Need to Build a Centre of Excellence

Perspective on the Inspiration and Perspiration of Writing

I did  a series of individual goal-setting with each of the NewVoiceMedia Scrum Masters last month.  Whilst it isn’t quite the same as the holy seal of the confessional, they are still personal & private, so I can’t share them. Yet I learned so much! There were common themes, and several things came up in every … Read morePerspective on the Inspiration and Perspiration of Writing

How To Do A Goal Setting Exercise

I am currently working though goal setting sessions with each of the Scrum Masters at NewVoiceMedia. As a foundation for this, we ran a personal retrospective for each of our Scrum Masters at NewVoiceMedia during December.  Part of the reason was simply that it’s important to look back and recognise what we did last year.  (You can read about … Read moreHow To Do A Goal Setting Exercise

Goal Setting (and Changing) at the School of Play

If you read this blog often, you may notice I am very interested in why human beings do what they do.  Perhaps that is not as true as it first appears:  I am interested in why people don’t do things that they say they want to do. January is a great time to study this, being stuffed full … Read moreGoal Setting (and Changing) at the School of Play

5 Productivity Hacks You Need To Be Doing This Year

Ah: productivity.  The answer to all of my ‘not enough hours in the day’ type woes.  A holy grail of sorts.  If I could just work smarter, not harder.  If I could just be more efficient with my time. The Productivity Problem The problem with taking this approach to solving my (or anyone else’s) productivity … Read more5 Productivity Hacks You Need To Be Doing This Year

How to Do Your Personal Retrospective for the End of Year

In January, along with millions of other people, I intend to set myself some goals to achieve before the end of the year. I know that many people go through this exercise of goal setting, and not always for the same reasons.  For me, I’ve found that aiming big and missing, is better than aiming … Read moreHow to Do Your Personal Retrospective for the End of Year