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  • araskazemi 14:33 on October 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    How To Keep Your Team Creative 

    I found this article interesting: How To Keep Your Team Creative – via ReadWrite

    Guest author Ja-Naé Duane is founder of the Revolution Institute, an international and award-winning speaker, author of How to Start Your Business With $100 and How to Create a Revolution, and coauthor of The Startup Equation.

    We dream big, set goals, and then work, work, work to achieve them. But we soon learn a simple truth: we can’t do it all by ourselves. We need help and accepting help often requires a dose of humility. I push myself to stay humble by building teams to make my work as efficient as possible. 

    See also: 10 Ways Lean Startup Methodology Can Impact Your Business 

    When we build teams, we become responsible for inspiring our individual teams while keeping them on task and on track. Creativity can offer a huge source of inspiration. But what if team members are stressed and emotionally drained? They can have a hard delivering their best work if they deliver anything at all.

    The team that is working with us on The Startup Equation understands those stresses and the need to decompress. Here are three ways I keep my teams inspired, engaged, and creative.

    Create Conversations

    Running a team is project management, pure and simple. I find my team members consistently deliver high-quality work on deadline when they can tap into their creative thinking before we launch a project. I set goals, assign tasks, and implement my plans. But before the action items start rolling I meet with my team to talk and, more importantly, to listen. We use Slack as our virtual office and create designated channels to help keep different projects on track. These channels also make it easier for team members to share ideas the make the project and the work better.

    As entrepreneurs, sometimes (okay, maybe a lot of the time) we think we have it all figured out. We think we just need to bring in the right people to do x, y, and z. That’s not a true team. True team members get to have their ideas voiced and taken seriously. I like to meet with my team over coffee (or wine) to share my vision, hear their ideas, and figure out a better way to get the job done. And guess what? These conversations create a spark between team members with ideas flying back and forth. Some ideas don’t fit the current project, but others are brilliant.

    Institute A Think Tank

    At the beginning of any project, I look for ways to trigger my team’s creativity. Discipline keeps the creativity flowing during the weeks and months to come. I build checks-and-balances into our action items. During our weekly "Think Tank," team members present any project issues or problems. The team then works together to find solutions.

    Sometimes, we can learn a lot as a team by writing. I recommend aiming for 750 words and write whatever comes to mind. It’s also known as stream of consciousness writing. The results are then shared with the team and can lead to sparks of inspiration for the Think Tank. I also recommend the Workflowy app or MindMeister for personal brainstorming to help you track and manage ideas as they emerge.

    Play Often

    A positive work environment is crucial to long-term productivity. I use strategic play to break up the monotony of everyday tasks. The most creative members of our society—children—already know the benefits of play. If we’d let them, children would play all day long.

    I like to give my team members whiteboards and markers. They can turn abstract ideas into visual ones and capture what they see as the future of our shared project. A lot of people start drawing logos. Some make flow charts. As long as they keep at it, after about 10 minutes their minds are opened and the creativity flows.

    I also like to include non-work related games. I’m particularly fond of disc golf. There’s nothing like an afternoon in the sun, traipsing through the wood in service of friendly competition to get the creativity juices running. When you bring a bunch of coworkers together they tend to talk about one thing—work.

    It’s not surprising that they start riffing on ideas without even realizing it. And while CrossFit or skydiving doesn’t appeal to me personally, whenever I find out that two or more team members share an interest, I encourage them to “play” together. The ideas inspired by jumping out of a plane can be downright jaw dropping.

    You’ve got a vision and you’ve built a team to manifest it. Now you need to keep it on the creative track. With a simple strategy of creative conversations, Think Tank sessions, and some time for play, you can do just that.

    Link to article: How To Keep Your Team Creative

     
  • araskazemi 17:29 on October 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Taking the measure of the networked enterprise 

    I found this article interesting: Taking the measure of the networked enterprise – via McKinsey Insights & Publications
    New research shows that power users reap the greatest benefits from social technologies.

    Link to article: Taking the measure of the networked enterprise

     
  • araskazemi 20:36 on October 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Floppvarning för den svenska e-legitimationen. “Säkerheten håller inte.” 

    I found this article interesting: Floppvarning för den svenska e-legitimationen. “Säkerheten håller inte.” – via Hetaste IT-nyheterna från IDG.se

    I sommar är det tänkt att alla svenska myndigheter ska gå över till det nya e-legitimationssystemet. Men Försäkringskassan litar fortfarande inte på säkerheten.

    Link to article: Floppvarning för den svenska e-legitimationen. “Säkerheten håller inte.”

     
  • araskazemi 21:09 on October 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    What Customers Want from the Collaborative Economy 

    I found this article interesting: What Customers Want from the Collaborative Economy – via HBR.org

    And why your company can’t ignore it.

    Link to article: What Customers Want from the Collaborative Economy

     
  • araskazemi 12:54 on October 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Introducing the Accelerated Mobile Pages Project, for a faster, open mobile web 

    I found this article interesting: Introducing the Accelerated Mobile Pages Project, for a faster, open mobile web – via Official Google Blog

    Link to article: Introducing the Accelerated Mobile Pages Project, for a faster, open mobile web

     
  • araskazemi 07:35 on October 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    BrandPost: The Changing Definition of Collaboration 

    I found this article interesting: BrandPost: The Changing Definition of Collaboration – via CIO Opinion

    We live and work in a world of constantly shifting jargon. Someone’s always trying to coin the next "it" phrase, the next "BYOD" or "Internet of Things" or other trend that will light the internet ablaze.

    As such, even commonplace terms can get a little muddy after years of misuse, changing definitions and evolving technology. Take "collaboration," for example. How would you define it? What does it mean to you?

    Depending on industry, role or department, you’re likely going to have a unique spin on what that word means. There may be some commonalities, such as teamwork or technology, but there are a lot of ways to approach what it means to collaborate with others.

    To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

    Link to article: BrandPost: The Changing Definition of Collaboration

     
  • araskazemi 07:32 on October 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Gartner Reveals Top Predictions for IT Organizations and Users for 2016 and Beyond 

    I found this article interesting: Gartner Reveals Top Predictions for IT Organizations and Users for 2016 and Beyond – via Gartner Announcements
    Gartner, Inc. has revealed its top strategic predictions for 2016 and beyond. Gartner’s top predictions for 2016 look at the digital future, at an algorithmic and smart machine-driven world where people and machines must define harmonious relationships.

    Link to article: Gartner Reveals Top Predictions for IT Organizations and Users for 2016 and Beyond

     
  • araskazemi 07:32 on October 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2016 

    I found this article interesting: Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2016 – via Gartner Announcements
    Gartner, Inc. today highlighted the top 10 technology trends that will be strategic for most organizations in 2016. Analysts presented their findings during the sold-out Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, which is taking place here through Thursday.

    Link to article: Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2016

     
  • araskazemi 06:22 on October 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Så blir du en modigare it-chef – och får en modigare it-avdelning 

    I found this article interesting: Så blir du en modigare it-chef – och får en modigare it-avdelning – via Senaste från CIO Sweden

    Vågar du släppa kontrollen? Stå på dig i ledningsrummet? Fatta beslut utan att ha alla fakta på hand? Vi pratar mod och modiga organisationer med två CIO:er och en modkonsult.

    Link to article: Så blir du en modigare it-chef – och får en modigare it-avdelning

     
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