Archive | November, 2013

Genius is…

November 24, 2013

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Sculpture of three stacks of smooth rocks

Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple – C.W. Ceram Think about the things you enjoy using the most. Are they easy and simple to use or complicated? Keep it simple. The ability to do so is genius! Related Articles Passion… Curiosity… Super Quote Sunday: Johann Goethe

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Creatives And Project Managers

November 23, 2013

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Calendar of Work Hard, Training, Beer

Yesterday, two Art Directors and I had a brief discussion about how to plan for regular training for our art teams. Do we enter it as a task in our production management software? Or do we ensure we have enough slack in our schedule and let the artists self-organize for the training time? One Art […]

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Performance Reviews From A Manager’s Perspective

November 22, 2013

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performance evaluations

It’s Performance Review season, also known as Evaluations, so I am fielding a lot of questions about what will or will not be evaluated or what the best approach is to take with the self-evaluation. In the spirit of the season, I thought I would share some insight into the process from a manager’s perspective. […]

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Dealing With The Here And Now

November 21, 2013

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snowplow pushing snow down a street

As a leader, it is really important to deal with the here and now… in the here and now. Famous leaders are celebrated for being “forward thinking”, “visionary” or “strategic”. While thinking ahead is a critical skill for great leaders, it cannot be at the expense of dealing with things in the here and now. […]

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Massively Multiplayer… Thumb Wrestling!

November 20, 2013

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Today was an exceptionally busy day, so instead of writing a long post I went looking for a humorous TED video instead. We can all use a good laugh on a Wednesday, so enjoy this video of Jane McGonigal teaching the entire TED audience how to player her favourite game: massively multiplayer thumb wrestling! Hmmm… […]

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Why Wearing Two Hats Is A Bad Idea

November 19, 2013

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Mural of the two faces of the Roman god Janus

In many companies and industries there has been a trend to combine “management” roles in an effort to reduce costs or improve efficiency. Personally, I first noticed this trend with combining project management and functional management roles. The reasoning is that any competent manager should be able to handle the project management duties for their […]

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