If you want to get the best out of individuals, make sure to treat them as members of a team and not as solo performers

“Knowledge workers, unlike manual workers in manufacturing, own the means of production: they carry that knowledge in their heads and can therefore take it with them.” – Peter Drucker

This quote may give white-knighting over-workers the feeling that they are indispensable.

Be wary of this quote. It’s not as simple as it seems.

In Under New Management, Burkus says,

“The fuel running most organizations today isn’t brute labor – it’s mental energy.” – David Burkus

All that energy does nothing if you don’t have the support you need to see your ideas through to completion, testing, and implementation! If you haven’t earned the support of your team you are the weakest link… Goodbye!

“A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” – Unknown

The point of working on a team is to share your knowledge, have it pile up, build up, and perform better than anything a single individual with the same knowledge would ever be able to do alone.

“If you want to get the best out of individuals, make sure to treat them as members of a team and not as solo performers.” – David Burkus

How do you treat your team? Are you a lone wolf? It can be appealing to go it alone, pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps and feeling the power of accomplishment.

But with no Posse to rely on in times of need you might as well be lost in a desert with no water, no food, and only mirages of your perceived glory. And that won’t cut it. Build your posse. Focus on the team. And make all your decisions consider the greater good and the team’s efforts.

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Hawaii iOS Developer Meetup – Session 6

Killing it. Finding that the more of a lead I take, the more energy, interest and enthusiasm it creates. Finding that I need to slow down in my delivery. Finding my moderation style is a bit short. Working on it.

Meetup page is shaping up and looking novel:

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Set up is getting cleaner:

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Looking forward to the next meetup where I will live-code Tetris in Swift 3 for the command line. Sign up if you’d like to attend in person.

Touchy Feely D Neely

51-ah1liq8l-_ac_us160_During the last year of college my friend invited me to get some pizza at Magoo’s on University Ave. I walked down University and instantly saw that they had started drinking well before I had even been invited.

Empty pitchers and red faces abounded.

I walked in, they saw me, and yelled in unison, “It’s touchy-feely D Neely!”

I was pissed. But I shrugged it off, stayed, drank my beer and ate some pizza.

What would cause them to say something like that? Was I being weak? Was I giving off the wrong signals? Nope. I checked myself. I write songs. I like poetry. I identify as an artist. Being in touch with your emotions is critical to art.

I’ve thought about this cruel rhyme for quite a while. Then I owned it.

In A Whole New Mind, Daniel Pink writes:

This is an age in which those who “think different” will be valued even more than ever. According to Pink, we’re living in an age that is “animated by a different form of thinking and a new approach to life – one that prizes aptitudes that I call “high concept” or “high touch.” High concept involves the capacity to detect patterns and opportunities, to create artistic and emotional beauty, to craft a satisfying narrative…”

Pink goes on to describe our current time as:

the “Conceptual Age” where “high touch” and “high concept” aptitudes are first among equals. “The future belongs to a different kind of person.” Designers, inventors, teachers, storytellers – creative and empathetic right-brain thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who doesn’t.

Haters got you down? Keep doing you. The world needs you.

“You are the you-est you you’ll ever be.” – Dr. Seuss

Don’t use bullet points in Powerpoint

51nuzh57szl-_ac_us160_Bullet points shine when they are used to visually structure separate topics under one main point. I use bullet points in EVERYTHING from my emails to my notes, to my blog posts, to my Powerpoint presentations. I like how they just so neatly indent the words to make the information scan-able.

They allow the reader to see the structure of the thinking without having to read the words.

But, there’s a danger in using bullet points in your Powerpoint presentations. They are deeply distracting. But not for the reasons you may think.

In Presentation Zen, Garr Reynolds writes,

“It is more difficult to process information if it is coming at us both verbally and in written form at the same time. Since people cannot read and listen well at the same time, displays filled with lots of text must be avoided.

On the other hand, multimedia that displays visual information, including visualizations of quantitative information, can be processed while listening to someone speak about the visual content.”

How can you stop bullet point abuse?

Get that text out of the slide and put it in your speaker’s notes. Insert some eye catching images into your presentation. Save the reading for yourself. Entertain your attendees, don’t make them read something you could have just emailed.