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