Project Collaboration Roundup: staying focused, wishing & planning, startup execution

Posted on 05. Sep, 2011 by ger in Roundup

Are you or your projects in a state of a) constant interruption b) constant wishing or c) constant churn? Here’s some interesting posts and articles we found on the interwebs recently.

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Wall of Lemons by psd

How to Stay Focused in an Age of Constant Interruption

The psychologist Dr. Elisha Goldstein describes how you can minimize the constant interruptions in the modern workplace. He suggests:

  • Schedule un-interruptible time on your calendar
  • Earplugs
  • The mindful check-in

“It Takes as Much Energy to Wish as it Does to Plan”

Over at lifehacker Adam Dachis expands on the above quote from Eleanor Roosevelt.

    “If you find you’re spending a lot of time thinking about doing something, turn it into a plan. You don’t necessarily have to act on that plan, but if you decide to you’ll be ready.” – Adam Dachis

For startups (and larger companies) it’s all about execution

Over on Forbes, Martin Zwilling summarizes the keys to business excellence for startups. He’s summarizing a book called The Power of Convergence by Faisal Hoque. Faisal’s book is focused mainly on larger enterprises and making them more agile.

    A startup begins with a great idea, but all too often, that’s where it ends. Ideas have to be implemented well to get the desired results. Good implementation requires a plan, and a good plan and good operational decisions come from good people.

Here’s a selection of the “repeatable practices to maximize business opportunities” Martin identifies

  • empower people to take action in the absence of orders
  • communication is critical
  • formulate and recognize when Plan-B needs to happen

This post reminded me of Derek Sivers’ classic Ideas are a Multiplier of Execution.

Thank you for reading

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