Jason Fried gets real

Posted in Business, Leadership by solle on 24/11/2008

Everyone – I mean everyone – who is working in any way on anything related to online from the new start to the oldest hand should listen to Jason Fried’s (37signals) presentation at the recent IDEA 2008 conference  – the recording of which can be found a third or so of the way down this Boxes and Arrows page.

Most folk who have come across Jason know how good he is but even though I am aware of 37signals and I use its products, until I listened to his spot at above and played it to a few of my colleagues I wasn’t aware of how he could become a real force in doing business in a new way.

Meetings: 1 person having an hour long meeting is an hour of productivity wasted, 2 people having an hour meeting is 2 hours lost, 3 people &etc

Offices: Majority of productive work done early in the morning, at night and over the weekend. no one is productive in an office environment

Remote working: To be a success no need to be in the same office, in fact far preferable to not be in same space

Trust/Respect: If you trust your employees then they will respect you. obviously but rarely practiced.

You can also watch a bunch of his appearances on Google Video

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connecting ‘we-think’ with ‘gotta-think’

Posted in Leadership by solle on 24/07/2008

Scott Karp is definitely onto something with What The Newspaper Industry Could Learn About Do Or Die Innovation From General Motors.

There is no doubt that new approaches and ways of thinking in corporate corridors are vital. As Charles Leadbeater discusses in his book We-Think ‘this closed model of leadership is increasingly ill-equipped to cope with the demands faced by large organisations’.

There may be nothing particularly innovative about the Volt and it may well become a glorious failure, but it’s the fact that after so many years of the closed model of leadership, GM has recognised that its only future lies in a far more alert, open and participative approach to business and innovation. And of course it is correct to compare this to the dilemmas facing the offline print media industry (and particularly the newspaper industry).

Sticking ones head in the sand is ultimately not a long-term strategy. Print media may well excuse that they have so much to lose but as is becoming more obvious they’re likely to lose anyway – if they don’t shake off the shackles of tradition.