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Dream BIG…But Get Those Dreams in Writing

  Perchance to Dream? No doubt you’ve seen evidence of its ascendance: the cottage industry that’s become a multi-billion dollar “motivational industrial complex” of sorts. Its rallying cry If you think it, you can achieve it! is plastered just about everywhere … Continue reading

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On Focus: Conquering the Shiny Squirrel

    The vibration of your mobile phone calendar reminding you of your 11am conference call. Dots flashing on your Fitbit guilting you to get in your steps at lunchtime. Aural and visual radiators on your desktop alerting you to … Continue reading

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Sleep: Your Workflow’s Most Important Form of Slack

  It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it. ~ John Steinbeck In Personal Kanban, Jim and I discuss how workflow should be optimized for … Continue reading

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On Working Intentionally: The “Thinking Ticket”

  The quality of art is that it makes people who are otherwise always looking outward, turn inward. ~ the Dalai Lama   There’s a certain irony in the fact that knowledge workers are often afforded little time to do what it … Continue reading

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Capacity: It’s a Matter of Content…and Context

Envision This: You’re heading to a cabin in the mountains for a week-long getaway with your family. Your car is in the shop so you schedule a rental to be delivered. In addition to six bags of groceries, a box … Continue reading

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Clarity > Coffee

Okay. So I recognize the title of this post might stir up some controversy, especially among my fellow coffee enthusiasts. Not to mention it undoubtedly puts me at risk of getting exiled from my beloved adopted home, Seattle. And yes, … Continue reading

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Little Cues

Little cues in the tools we use can be very helpful in helping us communicate effectively. The shot to the right is from Slack, a tool that helps us at Modus Institute communicate, collaborate, and stay informed. We use it … Continue reading

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Visualize Your Past

It’s New Years again and time to take stock of things in our lives. As we know, the two rules of Personal Kanban are to Visualize Your Work and Limit Your Work-In-Progress (WIP). One of the most important factors in … Continue reading

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Methoden für Lean Change: Lean Coffee

Lean Change verwendet Lean Coffee als Experiment, um heraus zu finden, wer sich für eine Veränderung interessiert und diese ggf. unterstützt. Der Change Agent lädt zum Lean Coffee ein und unterstützt dieses als Koordinator. Meist verselbständigt sich das Format und … Continue reading

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Personal Kanban & Some Goodies About Your Brain

Sharing some thoughts around my weekly homework from my neuroscience studies Knowledge work is all about attention. Unfortunately that is a scarce resource, easily high jacked by any distraction. Multitasking, i.e. using focused attention on two different targets basically does … Continue reading

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