Sun.Sep 15, 2019

The Critical Path

In the world of project management, there exists a useful concept knows as the “critical path” for a project. A critical path is that part of the project which has the fewest available resources that also has the most downstream dependencies. In other words, it’s the step in the project that prevents many other later steps in the project to be started. For example, in a construction project, the critical path early in the project is the architect’s blueprint.

Placebo blindness

Seth Godin Blog

You can go to work offended by the idea that you might traffic in placebos. You can be certain that your aromatherapy, jewelry store, engineering consulting, stereo gear or home improvement practice is 100% performance-based, completely driven by specs, immune to a double-blind study. Or, you can embrace the fact that human beings are 94% irrational, making decisions based on feelings, expectations and culture. That none of us are double-blind in real life.

Communication. A Leader’s Greatest Challenge

Peter Stark

Our 2019 Employee Opinion Survey Benchmarks are telling us that communication continues to be a challenge for leaders. This is surprising, considering that at no time in history have leaders been better equipped to communicate with the people in their organizations and on their team. We have the Internet, intranets, email, instant messaging, voicemail, texting, cell phones, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Zoom and now Slack… and the message still gets lost.