Drivers

By John WorneAs an excellent former colleague of mine pointed out this week, where a team is difficult to get aligned: "If you know what drives people you can address their concerns and get to trust and then motivation."She points out there are seven DRIVERS: D - direction, what's our purpose?R - relative position or … Continue reading Drivers

HBR – Find Purpose in Even Your Most Mundane Tasks at Work

The definition of the Specialist-Generalist is turning your hand to many things - but always remembering the purpose. Some days that's easier than others though. As Valerie Keller and Caroline Webb put it on HBR.org: "How are we supposed to feel a higher sense of purpose amid the daily scrum, as we wade through tedious … Continue reading HBR – Find Purpose in Even Your Most Mundane Tasks at Work

HBR – Don’t Let Pressure Turn into Stress

Pressure and stress are not the same thing. But the former is converted into the latter when you add one ingredient: rumination, the tendency to keep thinking about past or future events in a negative way. When you start ruminating (you’ll notice that your attention gets caught in an unproductive loop, like a hamster on … Continue reading HBR – Don’t Let Pressure Turn into Stress

Priceless – the ‘Economy of Help’

By John Worne A different way to think of organisations is as an 'economy of help' - help given and help received. And every Specialist-Generalist needs help. Looked at this way, we can all constantly accumulate and add to our positive balance of 'help given' in big and small ways - in almost every interaction. … Continue reading Priceless – the ‘Economy of Help’

New Scientist – AI will be able to beat us at everything by 2060, say experts

By John Worne  Most professions will be more disrupted by AI than is recognised; from radiographers to lawyers, AI increasingly does it faster and better.  But there's one thing AI isn't - versatile... bring on the Specialist-Generalist; versatility is humanity's standout skill. New Scientist - AI will be able to beat us at everything by … Continue reading New Scientist – AI will be able to beat us at everything by 2060, say experts

Seasons – seizing the moment when organisational climate changes

All organisations have their seasons: new CEO, market changes, the economy dives; new Governments, policies, regulations; reorgs, reshuffles and restructures. The Specialist-Generalist always needs to be attuned to the organisational climate - and be quick to recognise lasting changes in the weather. Good moves that weren't possible at one moment in time, can suddenly become … Continue reading Seasons – seizing the moment when organisational climate changes

HBR – What to Say When Someone Makes an Offensive Comment

By John Worne Diverse international organisations are culturally complex - but like wider society there's also just loads of sexism, ageism, racism and at best unconscious - but sometimes overt - bias in any workplace. Any Specialist-Generalist needs to play their part in actively tackling this.  Here's some good advice on how, from the Harvard … Continue reading HBR – What to Say When Someone Makes an Offensive Comment

Listen up – if you want to make friends and influence people…

By John Worne The single most important (and underused) skill in working life is listening.  It's also the single most influential thing you can do. And as a Specialist-Generalist it's the only way to develop the relationships and knowledge you need to operate.  When you join an organisation, get a new role, change your team, … Continue reading Listen up – if you want to make friends and influence people…