Applying 80/20 Thinking

When we encounter problems, two specific points of focus are available to us. Problem Focus and Solution Focus. Focusing on the problem allows us to analyze what it is that is standing in our way. Whether it is people, lack of time, lack of resources, missing information and more. Focusing on the solution allows us…

The (lack of) Power of (in)Decisions

A while back I was at a party and found myself in a conversation that turned into the area of leadership and the lack of follow-through on decisions and decision making. It actually started out as a discussion on social media and the availability of information, and my friend felt that part of the problem…

Time Management: Kid Perspective

I’ve been doing some writing on the self-help area lately (post on the subject coming up), and one of the topics typically covered are time management. It’s a popular topic no doubt, and there’s probably a reason why people say things like “there’s only 24 hours in a day“, “wish I had more time” or…

Challenge: Leave The Phone

You know the scene in the movies where the main characters are about to finally get on with that kiss that you’ve foreseen since before you even started watching, and just as their lips are about to touch, the phone rings and destroyes the moment. This of course, has been used to the point of…

7 Strategies For Facilitating Conflict Mastery

In my last three posts I’ve focused on the way we handle conflicts at work, and especially on the way conflicts at work can be productive. Based on those posts, here are 7 strategies that can help facilitate conflict mastery at work. #1 Have A Plan Like any project, having a plan for reaching your…

Productive Conflict At Work, Part 3 – Thesis Results & Reflection

In the previous posts on productive conflict I’ve looked into a theoretical overview on conflicts at work, and the point of view from the LinkedIn network on the impact of productive conflict at work. In this third part of this blog series I focus on the approach to conflict from Norway, with a basis in…

Productive Conflict At Work, Part 2 – LinkedIn Responses

“Collaboration without conflict is mission impossible” Since last weeks post on productive conflict at work, the linkedin answers to whether conflict at work can be productive have gone up from 118 to 121. With the quick overview of some of the theoretical positions on conflict presented in part 1, this post will focus on the…

Productive Conflict At Work – Constructive Conflicts, Part 1

I recently came across the following question on LinkedIn: Can Conflict at Work be Productive? At the time of writing there are 118 answers to that question. In other words, it’s an engaging topic. My interest in the subject is also fueled by the fact that constructive conflict management in teams was the subject of…

Challenge: Make That Call

For this post I wanted to do something a little different. I thought I’d pose a challenge that can have two very important benefits: Pushing your own boundaries a little, and possibly improving and developing your network. Running Into Someone You Know I’m going to assume that like most people, at some point you’ve run…

Improving Organizational Culture With Social Media

Having discussed various ways to use the social web in organizations, I wanted to touch on how we can use web 2.0 to create an even better understanding of the true background of any company; the organizational culture. Introducing Organizational Culture Through The Social Web We can define organizational culture as “The distinctive norms, beliefs,…