Listen very carefully, I shall say this only twice… According to Harvard Business review, effective managers communicate using lots of different methods, and projects move smoothly when they deliberately say things twice.
A while ago, I went to see Jonathan Ive interviewed by Sir Christopher Frayling at the Royal College of Art Innovation Night. As senior vice-president of design at Apple, Ive is responsible for some of the iconic designs of the last two decades, including the iMac, iPod and iPhone.
Since he rarely gives interviews and Apple is notoriously secretive, it was a fascinating insight into the man and the company.
How do you approach projects, inventions, art? Does it need to be perfect off-the-shelf or does letting people react to your creation dictate its direction? Are you Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg?
Oh that Monday morning feeling. Instead of just slipping into the same old thing, why not try a different approach? Maybe you don’t need to be at that meeting, maybe you could try something new, plan for the week, or just get stuck into some meaningful work instead of reading emails.
Thank you XKCD for this. Is it worth your time? Funny but also useful. Hat tip also to the ever-marvellous Chart Porn.
I came across this speech transcript when I was writing a piece about managing geeks. I wrote it eons ago when I was running Intelligent Games (IG), a computer games company. I’m sure that I didn’t always practice what I preached but looking back some of the points still seem pretty valid for how to […]
This secretive and exciting institution seems so far removed from our everyday working lives that it’s hard to imagine it has anything in common with mundane management or business basics.
The reality, however, is very different from Fleming’s fiction.
‘Consumers are irresistibly drawn to product specifications.’ – The Atlantic , drawing on findings published in the Journal of Consumer Research.
People will buy cars with more horsepower, cameras with more megapixels regardless of whether they will actually make a difference to how they end up using the products. Is more better?
I love my current clients – this isn’t about them. But in the past, mainly when I was a freelance journalist, I have had to deal with a few clients that were very difficult. Even the best-paid projects become too much if they affect your personal life or threaten your professional integrity. When is it time to walk away?
Here rolls the sea
And even here
Lies the other shore
Waiting to be reached
Is the everlasting present
Not anywhere else