The Power of Building on Ideas

We get ideas all the time.  Many we quickly forget or shelve and most don’t prosper beyond the fleeting thoughts they had been.  Many ideas are originally not ours.  Many ideas we notice while interacting with other people.  We see some that seems worth the trouble to invest time and resources in such that weContinue reading “The Power of Building on Ideas”

Solving Problems, Cultivating Ideas Together

I worked for Procter & Gamble Philippines in the late 1980’s.  I was a production manager who oversaw the food packing lines of the company.  As production manager, I was invited at times to join the food brand team meetings led by marketing managers, who were responsible for their respective products’ success.  P&G is famousContinue reading “Solving Problems, Cultivating Ideas Together”

Delegating is a Subset of Teamwork

The following are some lines I’ve heard bosses tell their subordinates when the latter are feeding back about difficulties in their jobs:  “Be creative.” “Just do it.” “Don’t give me problems.” “If there’s a will, there’s a way.” “I can count on you.” “That’s what I pay you for.” “That’s what I hired you toContinue reading “Delegating is a Subset of Teamwork”

The Case of the Half-Cut Tree; How We View Accountability

There’s a tree across the street from where I live that looks like it’s half of what it should be.  The tree’s trunk is rooted on an empty lot.  Its leafy side hangs over a street intersection.  The tree’s leafy branches press down on telephone & internet cables.  Over the years, especially when the windContinue reading “The Case of the Half-Cut Tree; How We View Accountability”