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Don’t wait to get invited to the party!

There are some that wait to be invited to parties, never taking the initiative to organise one themselves. And although it takes all kinds to make the world, in this time of Covid-19, I am worried about these people when they start in new jobs, either as employees or external freelancers. Getting into a company’s DNA can be tough at the best of times but today, working from home / in times of social distancing,  it can be really tough. At the beginning of every assignment there’s that ‘honeymoon’ period where you are new and people are nice to you [...]

Organising and working from your home office

Many years ago, it must have been 1989, I started a job as a freelance researcher, working remotely from my home office. The technology was a lot different from now, but I had a boss that invested heavily in it and had eighty per cent of his staff working from their homes. Here are some points I found to have been essential to keep remote working up for such a length of time. Office and family Have a space for your office where you can work without being disturbed. Have the discipline to work the agreed amount of time within [...]

7 techniques to lower your Distrans level

A low Distrans means that you are more closely connected to the Core Products and Values of your company. This article gives a few practical tips on how you can lower your Distrans and become more valuable for your organization. Distrans is the number of resource layers between yourself and the company Core Product or Core Values. The rule of thumb is that the higher your Distrans, the more your relative cost to the organization, and the lesser your added value. The trick is therefore to have the lowest possible Distrans for the job you are doing. Don’t get me [...]

Are you disconnected from your Core Product? Test your Distrans!

How much are you connected with the Core Product or Core Values in your company? Check your Distrans (the distance between yourself and the Core Product) with a few straightforward questions. In my previous blog I spoke about Distrans: the number of resource layers between yourself and the company Core Product or Core Value. The resource can be someone who works closer to the Core Product. It can also be non-human, e.g. an email you wrote to get information on an issue with the Product. The (informal) rule of thumb is that the higher your Distrans, the more your relative [...]

It doesn’t have to be this way

While most of us prefer to stick to what we know, even if we are not satisfied with it, there are a few that tell themselves ‘it doesn’t have to be this way’.  More usually, however it is an external observer that makes this claim. And while I have spent much of my working life, trying to invent new ways to tackle recurrent issues, I have come to the conclusion that the most important first step, even before the ‘why’ question, is to believe that an improvement that can be made. This week, I was presented with a number of [...]