One issue commonly experienced across many companies is monthly management meetings dragging on for far longer than necessary. This is normally driven by people bringing their ‘problems’ to the meeting and using the environment as a ‘problem solving playground’.
Some research shows that the common saying – ‘Bring Me Solutions, Not Problems’ is the wrong message as it can cause employees to shut down and refrain from bringing issues to attention.
We agree (partially), and we’ve formulated a better leadership approach…
1) Encourage your team to use a red flag system and highlight projects that require input from the management team to get them back on track.
2) Once highlighted, each manager should formulate the possible corrective action with 1, 2 or 3 solutions that the management team can discuss. This will keep the meeting on track and avoid the actual problem solving being done at the meeting. Having planned corrective actions, the management team can efficiently decide on the best route for getting the project back on track.
To lighten the mood, here’s a Dilbert comic strip we feel quite fitting…
“When you’re a creator all you need is your phone, the internet and a good idea!”
“The best camera is the one you have with you”
Have you ever heard of the saying “girls are better at multitasking than boys”? Well, studies show that multitasking isn’t the best for productivity. Multitasking leads to a 40% drop in productivity, increased stress and a 10% drop in IQ!
Does anyone ever settle down to get a task done and a co-worker drops by for a ‘quick chat’? Every time you’re interrupted, it takes 15 minutes to get re-focused and your head back in the game. On average we’re distracted once every 11 minutes throughout a working day.
So, we’ve established multitasking isn’t good for us. What can I do about it I hear you ask?
One way to cut through the distractions is to master a practice called ‘Deep Work’.
There are 3 methods of Deep Work…
Monastic – this practice of Deep Work involves you taking yourself away from the world completely and focus solely on the task at hand. Find a quiet place and stay there.
Bi-modal – for this way of Deep Work you need to split your day into two halves. Spend half the day battling emails, social media, and all that other annoying stuff and spend the other half with no distractions at all.
Rhythmic – this practice is best for those of us who struggle to spend large amounts of our time away from our desks. Block out 90-minute chunks throughout the week for focused Deep Work sessions.
So settle down, get focused and take some time to create something spectacular.
Sometime’s it’s hard to get those creative juices flowing. We thought we’d share a few of our creative crews thoughts on boosting creativity. Enjoy!
- Move every day. Exercise. Stand don’t sit whenever possible.
- Get your beauty sleep. 8 hours solid in a dark, cool room.
- Don’t use your iPhone before bed – we’re all culprits of this!
- Reduce your coffee intake after noon.
- Wake up with a pint of water – it kicks starts your body for the day ahead!
- Do something instead of nothing. Don’t just ponder on ideas.
- Don’t be heroic, be consistent in what you do.
- Get feedback from people and learn to take it.
- Get out at lunch! Take a walk, try meditation or read a book.
- Block out your time. If it’s not in your calendar it doesn’t exist.
Last week we had the pleasure of attending one of CIM’s digital marketing courses and came away with a wealth of new knowledge. Like they say, never stop learning!
At Panda Creative we like to give good advice, so here’s a little something we bought away with us…
The 4 Rules of Good Data
- Be Sure – don’t assume data is correlated. Sense check it and use your brain.
- Be Specific – the more specific the better. Always start with a question.
- Add Context – use annotations to keep track on what you’ve done.
- Be efficient – get Google to do your reports for you with Google Data Studio.
For some of us the struggle to work efficiently is hard. With the stresses of multiple dead lines and projects, we jump from task to task constantly switching the gears in our brains. But did you know… the high cost of multi-tasking = a 40% loss in productivity.
At Panda we live by these rules (set by Peter Fischli & David Weiss with a twist) for a better working environment…
- Do one thing at a time. Multi-tasking just isn’t productive… tackle each task one at a time.
- Know the problem & understand it.
- Learn to listen. A lot problems derive from lack of listening.
- Learn to ask questions and ask them. Don’t be afraid!
- Distinguish sense from nonsense. There’s a lot of nonsense out there.
- Accept that change is inevitable, it is going to happen.
- Admit mistakes. Hard I know, but trust me it’s easier.
- Say it simple – keep it simple.
- Be calm, stress doesn’t do us any favours.
- Smile & enjoy your life.
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Situated on the Hertfordshire & Essex border, our 16th century studio still stands today.
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