Last year we renovated our home office. This had been a very dark/mission brown environment. A recent trip to Latvia and Denmark inspired us to rebuild it as a white/light timber finish.
The challenge we had was in find a desk to fit the space we’d designed. With Pinterest as a “I’m-not-sure-what-I-want-but-I’ll-know-when-I-see-it” inspiration, we found a long, trestle-supported table that looked perfect. The challenge was that no local retailers had such a piece.
Having trawled IKEA several times, I figured that the path to take was to make one from ‘hacked’ pieces. We documented the result through the popular Ikea-Hackers website.
Why are you sitting there working when you should be playing games?
Another article of mine from 2014 that enjoyed some coverage and feedback. Gamification has eased off on the hype curve however the concepts of gaming and the interplay with ‘real world’ activities and problem solving continues.
Another article in the series I wrote for CIO of the Future a few years back. This article enjoyed wide interest as it tapped into a thread that continues today – what is the role of creativity in enterprise systems design, and what is our role, as leaders, to engender and support this?
I’ve been a big fan of diverse teams for a number of years, and have been privileged to develop and lead a number of them.
My Masters studies cured me of perfectionism, and taught me a great deal about collaborating with people of different cognitive and emotional styles. This HBR article by Alison Reynolds and David Lewis summarises it well. I look forward to their broader research.
Key take-outs for me:
- Cognitive diversity is less visible, yet there are cultural barriers which lead to functional bias.
- “When you face a new, uncertain, complex situation, and everyone agrees on what to do, find someone who
disagrees and cherish them.”
We were discussing the design and communication of a particularly complex strategic business case today. One of my team members quipped: “So – do you also know how to ‘Sell Snow to the Eskimos…?'”.
And I said, actually…yes.