The Four Operating Zones

At any given moment, we find ourselves operating in one of four zones. These zones are differentiated based on how comfortable we feel operating in them and on the potential benefits and risks associate with the pursuit of goals found in these spaces. I will refer to these four zones as the Comfort, Productivity, Opportunity … Continue reading The Four Operating Zones

Defining Productive Efficiency

Efficiency is a futile pursuit when not pursued in the context of effectiveness, i.e. in the context of achieving worthy goals. But how effective can we be if we are not minimizing wasteful efforts? How much efficiency is desirable? What is the optimal level of efficiency that maximizes our overall effectiveness? What is Productive Efficiency? … Continue reading Defining Productive Efficiency

Working “for” or “with”?

It usually takes time and some professional maturity before one even cares to notice how others (people and organisations) frame their working relationship.  It takes time because the dominant paradigm implies that a working relationship of employment means that we work for people or organisations that pay us money in return for "work". It is traditional, proven and tried, we accept … Continue reading Working “for” or “with”?

Insecurity vs (Over)Confidence

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, while wiser people are so full of doubts." - Bertrand Russell We live in a world where the dominant paradigm endorses, promotes, requires or even is dependent on certainty and confidence. If you want to "play the game" … Continue reading Insecurity vs (Over)Confidence