Leadership Team

Helping Team Translate Implications For Areas Of Their Responsibility

In another post, (this one) I shared about a challenge I had in unlocking potential from some team members. The short of it, is that I didn’t realise they were failing to translate what a change in strategy at an enterprise level, practically meant for them. They understood the the enterprise was headed but failed to contextualize it to particular instances.

In retrospect I see that as a one of the sources of frustration they sometimes experienced was a result of not knowing what to do in their areas of responsibility. Like me, they were clueless. “Why were they so frustrated and why couldn’t I get them to go full throttle?”


What Do You Do When Matty Cohen Takes Your Seat?

I was at a co-working space, Daddy.O in Woodstock, Cape Town. (They’re not paying me to say this but it’s a great space to work in). To the Matty Cohen saga. So, I got a great spot / desk.

Because I had challenges with my wi-fi code, I left my backpack on the desk and I stood up. Walking back to my, or at least what I thought was my desk, there was a WooThemes ninja, Matty Cohen!

Matty is a great guy. I hate to move him or be that whining guy we love to hate. He was engaged in an obivously scintillating conversation with another guy, all the while still sitting at my desk! So, What do you do when Matty Cohen takes your seat?


A Majestic Meeting Venue

So, this is where we had a meeting earlier today. I’m grateful that we live in a city endowed with such beauty.

I don’t understand how we can exclude experiencing it to weekends only. Why not get out of the office, with clean air and just focus.

St James, (Cape Town) stunning! What do you have in your surround that you could be using in your ‘normal’ organizational life?

What a view! One of the things that helps me think is space. Walls sometimes are not only restrictive in the physical sense but also mentally.

Meeting spaces matter. At least for me. What meeting space is most conducive for you?

Oh wait, one more image :-)

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Community Productivity

THE Best @MotherlandCo I’ve Been Too Yet

When Ingrid and I lived in Joburg I sometimes planned my work and meetings to either be at Motherland Coffee or somewhere nearby.

With the move to Cape Town we’re now kinda trying to find some new cool and special places. Finding favorite coffee shops, hang out spots etc. fun!

I’ve been to many Motherland Coffee joints and this one in Cape Town, in terms of vibe and service (I’ve never had bad service at any Motherland spot) is so far my best experience yet.

Unlike the two in Joburg, they’ve got their lighting perfect for creative (brainstorming and such) work. I guess having such a prime spot also helps.

Their music selection is just right. It is not genre but components… Tempo, feel or vibe. Just right.

I pursue creativity by varying my work spaces and this is definitely one of the places that makes it on the list.

I’m still fascinated by spaces. What makes them great (or not)?

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Tools I Use

Productivity is affected by many factors. I have blogged about different aspects and determinants of productivity. Check out part of the collection of these posts here. This post is basically going to focus on tools I use. I’ve been reluctant to doing so, partly because I felt like I used too many things and giving reasons might result in a tome.