Communication Overload: Moving The Project Management Needle

Article by Lili Kaneva

Communication Overload: Moving The Project Management Needle
 
Hey, shouldn’t you be doing something else right now?

How did you answer the question? Do you have a task list for the day and how did you define it? There is a great expression - “to move the needle”. It refers to those actions we perform every day to make progress towards a meaningful goal. It is useful because often it is like taking a cold shower - painful but awakening. Do you know how many of the checkboxes you ticked today actually helped you move the needle? It is a good way to make a retrospective, observe your habits, build discipline …but wait. Why discipline and what does it have to do with progress?

Antifragility: On The Path to Sustainable Project Management?

“Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better.” ― Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Article by Lili Kaneva

Antifragility: On The Path to Sustainable Project Management?
 
A collapse of vital supply chains is destructive.
A collapse of vital supply chains is an opportunity.

Conflict destroys the team spirit.
Conflict strengthens the team spirit.

Volatility will reduce profit.
Volatility will increase profit.

Would you call us crazy if we said that each pair of the sentences above contains two completely opposing statements, both of which are true? Probably yes and yet - that is the case.

We are more used to hearing about the negative consequences of events. This is what makes sensational news after all. Gladly, you can find another perspective. Where does it come from? The idea that disruption and change can have positive consequences and promote improvement comes from a favorite author. If you’re into trading surely you have come across the term Black Swan - unpredictable events with widespread impact. It is coined by Nassim Nicolas Taleb in his book by the same name (Taleb, 2007). Five years later, a development in this theory brings up another term - antifragile (Taleb, 2012). It boils down to this question - what if organizations, societies or even people could gain from disorder? What if they used those as opportunities to strengthen, learn and grow? Well, then they would be antifragile.

Thunder In Project Management Paradise

Longing to sail away to your summer retreat - do it like you are one of us, do it like a Project Manager!

Article by Lili Kaneva

Thunder In Project Management Paradise
 
The sun is on like it's out for vengeance and I’ve got my straw hat swooped down to the level of my eyes. Half of my brain is sleeping (finally!) but the other half is still scanning the landscape - colorful umbrellas, cocktails and lounge chairs, the occasional kid flying by to fill up my mouth with sand. The beach, the deep blue sea, the waves…oh, wait, what?! My brain wakes up from a sudden prompt. It’s one man. He doesn’t fit the picture. Just Two lounge chairs away he seems to be there with his wife and kids and they are all smiles and fun but he isn’t. His face is tense, there’s a thick wrinkle between his eyebrows and a piercing look straight at the screen of the phone. Oh, I know what this is! It’s a work emergency. I suddenly feel so sorry for him. I know how this feels. But why do we work during our holidays and…what is a holiday anyway?

How to Kill a Meeting

(bonus - and destroy the relationship with your team)

“You will never fully convince someone that he is wrong; only reality can.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Article by Lili Kaneva

How to Kill a Meeting
 
Yoga and mindfulness practices teach us to be fully present in the moment because it is all we have. Oh, poor you - sitting in this endless torture of a meeting and thinking: “Is this all I’ve really got?!”

A monotonous voice blabbers on. Now you already could barely distinguish any meaningful episodes. The story is so far off from any scope and purpose, that you have to double check if you are in the right meeting or you’re on someone else’s Zoom?

What is an Office: The Phoenix That Died a Million Times

Article by Lili Kaneva

What is an Office: The Phoenix That Died a Million Times
 
We used to plow the earth. Not much to wonder about. No “can I do it from home?” or “isn’t it better if we only have two office days?” or “won’t I be more productive with a four-day workweek?”. No - if you wanted food, you had to plow the earth, today and every day. As awful as this sounds, as limiting and breathtakingly hard, it was also a source of clear meaning and purpose. The meaning of life was to create life and to sustain it - a predefined scenario for clear action that consumed all our capacity and time on Earth.