Finding flow is hard, but possible

Why does our productivity rarely meet our own expectations? When planning our work, most of us make a reasonable effort to estimate how long we’ll need. While any given task seems perfectly doable on its own, when we string together a sequence of them we rarely achieve our target. If we were as productive as


Change up to a Critical Chain Operating System?

In the movie City Slickers, cowboy Jack Palance is riding with Billy Crystal who’s slowly shrugging off a midlife crisis. He asks if Crystal knows what the secret of life is. ‘No, what?’ The old-timer raises his index finger and, pausing for dramatic effect, says, ‘One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that and


Where have all the heroes gone?

You’re back in the boardroom again with your fellow senior executives. The CEO has asked each of you for a number—the EBIT uplift from those cost savings you’ve all been charged with finding. He’s going around the table. Fine—you’ve still time to flip through the report your EA printed out. You open your leather folder


mediumSpringboard: One Mission

The latest in our series that uses the ‘book review’ format as a springboard into a wider conversation about the world of work—and how to do it better. One Mission by Chris Fussell ____________________________ It’s become fashionable to rail against hierarchy and to assume that people, once energised by their mission, can organise themselves into


If TOC is so bloody great, why isn’t everyone doing it?

Have you heard about this amazing form of personal transport? In a city, it’s often faster than a car; in the country, it connects you to nature. It’s cheap, green and keeps you fit. The bicycle may not be the jetpack we hoped for as children, but it does all as advertised. So why aren’t


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