WHY DELAY?

Things always get delayed. Having been delayed once, they get delayed again. Soon another project or another report is now delayed. Why? Relax. It’s not just you. Almost everyone is like that. Why? Whether it is a term paper at school, a report at work, a project...

WORK AT HOME OR NOT?

There is much debate about working at home vs. office. It’s the wrong debate. There is also much debate about how many hours a day or week one should work. It’s also the wrong debate. You need to put in as many hours a day, whether from home or office or both, as is...

BUDGETS THAT ARE DOOMED TO FAIL

Most budgets start with trying to increase prices as much as you think the market can bear. Next you try and squeeze down salaries and benefits as much as possible. Then you go squeeze your suppliers, maximum. Finally, your budget shows a good profit. You have...

The Plain Secret of Motivation

The plain secret of motivation is that you should NOT be motivated by others. Many professionals complain that their work is not up to par because they are not motivated by their superior. They say their immediate boss: steals credit for their work does not give clear...

DON’T “ALLOCATE” TIME FOR WORK-LIFE BALANCE

Advocates of work-life balance say that we need to allocate enough time for our personal and leisure lives. But life is not that simple. Life demands that we put in the time needed to meet and exceed the expectations of our stakeholders. Life demands that to succeed...

DOING IT RIGHT OR ON TIME?

Many of us believe we should get our work out on time – even if it can be improved. We argue that things need to keep moving and we can’t keep delaying, checking and improving. There are others who believe that it’s better to get it right and be a bit delayed,...

GAMES YOU AND YOUR SUPPLIERS PLAY!

Many say that we should squeeze our suppliers, pit one against the other, find out who is the most desperate to get the business, then pay late. This is of course self-defeating. The more you squeeze, suppliers will find a way to make money. Either they will deliver...

Are you a BECAUSE or INSPITE-OF person?

We usually have many good reasons why we are unable to be on time or accomplish assignments well. Your Boss: Assignment was not clear, time given was too short Your Customers: Did not respond in time, found price too high Your Peers: Not helpful, gave you the wrong...

THANK YOU, DOCTOR

Considers Consider: ✓ We often wait (sometimes hours) to see our doctor. ✓ Who then spends a few minutes (at best) with us. ✓ Then we pay (usually a tidy sum) and ✓ Although we are the “customer” we wind up saying (usually profusely) “Thank you, thank you, Doctor.”...

WHY “ZERO DEFECTS” IS NOT A GOOD GOAL

Many companies and professionals seek to achieve zero defects in their products and services. And many of them are of course wrong. Nowadays, Zero Defects is the “floor, i.e. the minimum acceptable standard. It is not THE goal. Zero defect means meeting the customer’s...