What is it you ask? Well Benjamin Hardy has written a long-read piece on that. He defines the Culture Wall as an intention “to create an environment that continually reminds me one of what I stand for and what I aspire toward……they create a shared vision, set of beliefs, expectations and direction for desired behavior.”
“Honesty is a very expensive gift; just don’t expect it from cheap people.” Warren Buffet on Feedback
Gary Vaynerchuk is either loved or hated. Over the past several months he has been very active on LinkedIn. Something he wrote sometime back stayed with me – “The truth is, the way to win on social media is to actually be social. ….The only real way to do this from scratch is to become part of the conversation”.
I read this very appealing piece by Benjamin Hardy and he argues that most productive work gets done first thing in the morning. Block off your first 3 hours or so for distraction free, focused deep work. In fact Robin Sharma, whom Hardy quotes, talks about the 90/90/1 rule which translates to 90 days of focused 90 minute work on the most important project you have on hand – ‘your willpower is highest first thing in the morning, your energy is highest first thing in the morning, and your mental focus is highest first thing in the morning.’
Paul Oyer, a labour economist, is deeply interested in the Gig economy and has been analyzing the development from multiple perspectives. He researched income differences between bit workers and full time employees and consulted Upwork the largest freelance website. He also became a Uber certified driver since he ‘didn’t have any skills to sell as a freelancer’ and to better understand how similar platforms work.
“…..No more drudgery, no more toil. This gives us the chance to imagine an entirely different kind of society, … where creators, discoverers, performers and innovators come together with their patrons and financiers to talk about issues, entertain, enlighten, provoke each other.”
Why would the Innovation Leader in a top 5 consulting firm sign up with Uber to drive drunk people around at 2am? Ted Graham, now Head of Open Innovation at GM outlines 3 learnings as a UberX driver (while at PWC). Highly regulated industries (like transportation aka Taxi industry or even Accounting) are in for major disruption. Unless disrupted already.
“ …the best answers to the enormous problems we are struggling with always starts with asking the right question.”- Clayton Christensen. 25 years back he wrote ‘The Innovator’s Dilemma’ to instant stardom. Since then he has penned 11 books and numerous articles. Based on his latest book ‘The Prosperity Paradox’ he wrote an article on lessons learned.