Open_Unbox

ABC Resolution: open

OPEN

July 16 – July 29

What if the tops of  all your boxes had no lids?

We build business boxes to keep things in, both literally and figuratively. Boxes consciously designed to keep people, systems and processes completely contained, efficiently repetitive and carefully controlled to produce predetermined and anticipated outcomes. No new processes unless fully researched, tested, measured and approved. No new people hired unless fully interviewed, vetted and liked by everyone. Six sides that too often insulate, isolate and ultimately stagnate.

From the Internet to Social Networks to Crowd Sourcing and onward, our new work is different. Connected and creative, this different work requires us to reach outside the box so we can experience different things and develop different thoughts. To think up, found and grow different businesses and accomplish this work with creativity and innovation, we must structure our business boxes in different and lasting ways.  We must open our windows and let in fresh air. Open our doors and keep walls from becoming cages. Open our locks and keep controls from getting out of control. Open our minds and keep cultures from becoming cults. Open our boxes and keep becoming.

resolve to: LET IN NEW OUTCOMES
NewWorkPlaces

ABC Resolution: New•Work•Places

NewWorkPlaces

July 2 – July 15

What if work had no place?

A coffee shop, cafe, train, plane, automobile, library, park, park bench, under a shade tree, in a hotel, motel, business office, home office, company office, at a distance, in the cloud, connected, distributed, flexible, mobile, local, global, in a satellite space, virtual space or outer space — any place you do work is your workplace. NewWorkPlaces are a state of mind.

NewWorkPlaces are more than a site, more than the physical walls that house furniture, equipment and people, more than a collective legal entity or set of company policies and procedures. They are the places where you think, communicate, engage, interact and produce. NewWorkPlaces exist wherever and whenever work is accomplished.

To create NewWorkPlaces, first look around you. Find and tear down the walls of your personal and organizational silos. Unbox yourself and your work, and innovate processes to create new business-as-usual models. Create new programs and skills to support this new way of working. Develop the business infrastructures and support systems, whether physical, mental or virtual, needed to support, advance and enhance the work of today and tomorrow, not yesterday. Work in new ways. Work in new places. Make this ability a business asset and a personal attribute. Work is different, so do work differently.

resolve to: work anyplace

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This NewWorkPlaces picture is of the Tully Community Branch Library in San Jose, CA. Many people’s first reaction to this association as a NewWorkPlace is a library is not a workplace. I beg to differ. Your librarians are people who work and this is the place in which they do their work. Other people go there to also do work such as homework, home office work, regular office work, mobile office work and on the road work, et al.

This library is a new library. Like new work places, it provides access to information through the traditional world of the printed book. In addition, it opens up, more than can be contained by its four walls,  the larger world of knowledge through technology. Many libraries have now broadened their access in this manner. What this library goes beyond is embracing a new version of how people interact, not only with the physical entities of books, place and technology, but additionally, and more importantly, with the people inside. Continue reading

moving sidewalks

ABC Resolution: moving sidewalks

moving sidewalks

June 18 – July 2

What if you needed help and knew where to find it?

Moving…motion…mobile. We are assailed by forces that demand we stay in action, as if constant motion should be our natural state of perpetual bliss. Yet many are dying to slow down or quit this fast paced existence. Should we? Or not, for fear of losing our place in line? Are stop or go our only choices?

Consider moving sidewalks. Moving sidewalks assist intermittently. We are already in motion when we step onto one as they take us from point A to point B. Once there, we step off and can then choose to pause or stop to check our position and reassess the journey, then saunter forward under our own power. This may be to the final destination. Or on to catch the next moving sidewalk, there to carry us further.

resolve to:  glide onward

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We are most familiar with moving sidewalks in airports. Designed to ease the long trek to distant terminals, we typically think of them as useful tools get us somewhere faster. The concept of sailing past others simply walking under their own steam is an easy concept to adapt to work. Jump on and jump ahead of the competition.

But consider other options.  Continue reading

GrowGlow

ABC Resolution: light bulbs

light bulbs

June 4 – June 17
What if turning on ideas was as easy as turning on light bulbs?

Popularized in early cartoons, the iconic light bulb above the head has become the universal symbol for an idea. Ideas may be great or not so great. Idea light bulbs emit the powerful glow needed to grow every part of work. They may be large or small, come from you, your fellow employees or business associates. None are insignificant. You may not utilize all the ideas you have or come your way. But if you only see your own light, you will miss the brightness emanating from others.

Some businesses buy light bulbs from outside the company because the light needed must sometimes be found in other places. Some businesses go elsewhere because their internal layers are so thick their own light cannot filter through them, either down from the top or up from above. If you find yourself fumbling in the dark, start turning on the light bulbs of ideas everywhere. Turn on the individual task lights and the personal desk lamps. Turn on the big ceiling lights and unblock the windows. Let the light of all ideas shine brightly. Flip the switch.

 resolve to: grow glow

 

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ABC Resolution: kaleidoscopes

kaleidoscopes

May 21 – June 3
What if you could put humpty-dumpty together again?

Oh, the amazement of the sights first seen through a kaleidoscope! Little bits of glass refract light to break up the world we know into small slivers and pieces. Colored shapes juxtapose and recombine in new forms as we turn the tube. Broken into new patterns, we are forced to rethink how things are constructed. How familiar solids can be remade into new objects of wonderment and delight.

Would that we could create such an alteration in our business life. Gently rotate a conversation, relationship, process or goal into different configurations. A new, novel or variant of the old, yet keeping remnants and whispers of the past. No huge upheaval. No catastrophic revolution. No rebellious drama. Just a subtle metamorphosis, the same things calmly remade by slight rearrangement and re-adjacency. Twist, replace, redefine, renew.

resolve to: continually shift

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Kaleidoscopes embody many things.

• The concept of change, enacted without violence and catastrophe. Rather gently shifted. Rearranged into new patterns and configurations for growth and evolution.

• The discovery of how things, thoughts and ideas can be deconstructed. Broken into their component parts for greater knowledge and wisdom.

• The understanding of the order and randomness in the universe. How we and our circumstance is one of an infinite amount of combinations. No better. No worse. Just as we are and in any number of choices we can dream.

Kaleidoscopes open up our internal and external vision. They enable us to see in a different light that which may have seemed fixed to be full of amazing possibilities.

resolve to: continue and shift

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