1, Does working longer make us more successful.
Think back to your biggest success, did that stem from just plain hard work? Or was it a moment of brilliant insight? Or was it being in the right place at the right time? Or was it from doing something truly unique? The one thing working longer is proven to do is to make us less creative, and less productive in the long-term.
2, Should busy be a badge of honour?
Being busy is celebrated the world over. But as Tim Ferriss (Do Wales speaker 2008) says: ‘Being perpetually busy is a kind of laziness’. Busy doesn’t mean we are at our most efficient, or we are doing the thing that will bring about the biggest change. It is very easy to mistake being active with being productive. Are you doing important work? Or are you just busy?
3, Is culture more than just a nice coffee machine?
The culture created at work is set there by the founders. It is more than a coffee machine or organic food in the canteen. Culture is building a safe environment that allows you to do your best work. Mistakes are viewed just as data to build a better more informed version tomorrow. Culture gives you the wings so you can fly. Not just a strong coffee.
4, Does workspace matter?
In the quest for serendipity, open plan offices have become the way to work. And for the most part, they are very cool. But the downside is they make doing work harder to do. And undisturbed deep work is where you will do your best work. The future for open plan offices will need deep focus rooms for work to work.
5, Can happiness be a productivity tool?
We are at our most creative when we are at our happiest. We work best in a team when we are happy. We learn faster when we are happy. We are healthier when we are happy. We make better decisions when we are happy. We make fewer mistakes when we are happier because we are less worried about making mistakes. We have more energy when we are happy. We fix problems when we are happy and not complain about them. We are more optimistic when we are happy. And therefore more fun to be around. Ah, the vicious circle of happiness.
6, Why you need lose the guilt of not working?
We need to build rest and breaks into our working lives. We need to understand the importance of them. How they help us to do our best work. How they make us more creative and productive. How they grow our companies. The future for work will be sprints followed by rest. Rather non-stop on the treadmill that makes us overly tired. But not uber productive.
7, How ego gets in the way?
Remove the ego from a team and it will finally become one. Remove the ego from a project, and the project becomes the most important thing. Remove the ego from a creative person, and suddenly the only thing that matters is doing the best work. Ego causes stress. Ego is a magnet for politics and battles. It stops you doing your best work. Ego stops you from becoming the thing you dream about.
8, Why stress is working hard on things that don’t matter?
Passion is working hard on things that do matter. Having a purpose is important as you understand why. Understanding why makes you feel something for what you are doing. And feeling something matters. We are humans. Not machines. Work with meaning is important to you. And fun.
9, Can confrontation be a skill?
We are not good at confrontation. We avoid it. But the longer it takes to resolve, the bigger the issues will become. But if we had a set of skills that allowed us to deal with confrontation without emotion, then things could be settled with ease. And we could get on with building a business, rather than dealing with the stress of two of your best people at loggerheads.
10, Can business be more human?
Every company should have a C.W.O. A chief wellbeing officer. Every company has a person to look after numbers, but not people. We build corporate cultures, not human ones. But every business, no matter what field it is in, is in the people business. If every company could build a company to let its people be at their best, their business would grow accordingly.
The Do Lectures is holding a one-day event called ‘Do Stress’. It will deliver insights, future strategies, and will examine the zeitgeist for ‘human-based companies’ and how ‘work’ is going to change. And what that means for your business?
There will be 10 talks from entrepreneurs, thought-leaders, change-makers and visionaries. As Dan Pink reminds us all:
“Talented people need organisations less than organisations need talented people”.
That is why smart companies are creating human cultures, not corporate ones in order to thrive. How you stay ahead in the future is not the same as what kept you ahead in the past.
It answers the question of who leads the way in look after their people, what are they doing, why is it working? How does culture help your business? How does your purpose? How does the design of your office? Even, how you sit at a computer?
How does a human culture prevent burn out? How does it help you win the talent war? And how, just as importantly, does it help you retain your people too. What perks are the most important?
The good news is companies who look after their people are also the best businesses over the long term. Human based companies are the future. So how do you become one? Our one day event is designed to give you the answers.
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