If we are to improve, we have to be ok with failure (preferably small and controlled failure). It is equally important that we send and receive clear, consistent feedback of when we're winning or losing. We often seek to protect others by softening the sting of getting it wrong - this confuses staff and hampers progress. Be kind, direct and consistent with staff and they'll be better able to fulfil your vision and innovate successfully.
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Over the years, there have been a few tools that I have worked with that have proved invaluable. I tend to go back to these "golden" tools again, and again, and again. When I share these tools with clients, they find them useful, and I look like a hero.
This is one of those tools.
The Periodic Table of Visualization Methods, designed by Ralph Lengler & Martin J. Eppler at the Institute of Corporate Communication, University of Lugano, Switzerland, classifies visualization methods so those trying to tell a story graphically choose a framework to display your data.
I am constantly surprised that despite being around for over ten years now, how many people have not heard of it. I shared it again this morning, and I figure it's high-time I do my part to spread the word. I have no affiliation with the Visual Literacy Project, but I am a fan. It has helped me professionally, I hope it helps you.
The Periodic Table of Visualization helps you decide on an ideal graphic based on their subject, goal, and the needs of the audience:
Using the Periodic Table of Visualization Methods will not only stimulate ideas on how to best visualize the story you want to tell, but it helps you to pause and consider what you are trying to convey through the presentation. That will help you stay on message and build a common understanding with your audience.
Save this link to your favourites, and have fun using this tool over and over.
The stats say if your performance doesn’t suck today, it likely will tomorrow.
In the middle of a downturn, it's easy to blame the economic environment for our performance woes... and it's easier than you might think to unwittingly encourage a culture of complacency.
Here are a few of points to consider.
Only by maintaining a factual perspective can everyone see there is a problem. Teams must set meaningful targets and make those intensely personal for each person.
In a Yoda-esque statement, former CEO, and chairman of the board of Intel Corporation, Andy Grove said, “Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive.” Leaders must remain ever vigilant.
"Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive."
Complacency is the result of inaction by leadership; and inaction is a choice
Low performers are complacent because they are allowed to perceive they are succeeding at something. I consistently come across performance issues which are rooted in leadership not holding everyone to a “standard of success” based on the creation of real value.
The good news... it can be prevented, and it can be reversed.
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