in Quotes

Herzberg’s Motivators and Hygiene Factors

When you’re seeking to motivate people, firstly get rid of the things that are annoying them about the company and the workplace. Make sure they’re treated fairly, and with respect.

Once you’ve done this, look for ways in which you can help people grow within their jobs, give them opportunities for achievement, and praise that achievement wherever you find it.

courtesy of an article on workplace motivation on

Opening Quote from Lean Enterprise

It’s possible for good people, in perversely designed systems, to casually perpetrate acts of great harm on strangers, sometimes without ever realising it.

– Ben Goldacre

Lean Enterprise Book Cover Lean Enterprise
Jez Humble, Joanne Molesky, Barry O'Reilly,
Business & Economics
Oreilly & Associates Incorporated
January 3, 2015

How well does your organization respond to changing market conditions, customer needs, and emerging technologies when building software-based products? This practical guide presents Lean and Agile principles and patterns to help you move fast at scale—and demonstrates why and how to apply these methodologies throughout your organization, rather than with just one department or team. Through case studies, you’ll learn how successful enterprises have rethought everything from governance and financial management to systems architecture and organizational culture in the pursuit of radically improved performance. Adopting Lean will take time and commitment, but it’s vital for harnessing the cultural and technical forces that are accelerating the rate of innovation. Discover how Lean focuses on people and teamwork at every level, in contrast to traditional management practices Approach problem-solving experimentally, by exploring solutions, testing assumptions, and getting feedback from real users Lead and manage large-scale programs in a way that empowers employees, increases the speed and quality of delivery, and lowers costs Learn how to implement ideas from the DevOps and Lean Startup movements even in complex, regulated environments

Forget 1984, the real world is way more frightening!

In July 2015, it was revealed that a single software bug in the Android operating system made nearly one billion devices subject to hacking merely by sending them an infected SMS message.

The security vulnerability, Stagefright, provides attackers access to all personal information on the phone, tracking of its user and remote control of the device’s microphone and video camera, as well as any photos or financial transactions processed by the device.

Courtesy of an article on Wired.

Are you driven?

Outcomes that we feel are worthwhile drive us. By focusing on a business outcome we’re acknowledging that estimates are never accurate and that we can’t anticipate everything up front. Murphy’s Law tells us that shit will happen.

Courtesy of an excellent article by Simon Baker on LinkedIn.

On Shiny Toys

If you want to streamline a process, start by changing behaviours. Once you’ve done that, then bring in the shiny kit. Shiny kit will not stop people being stupid, it will just equip them to do stupid things, only much faster.

Courtesy of an interesting book I flicked through…  Available on Amazon.

The Devil's Advocate Book Cover The Devil's Advocate
Caspian Woods
Business & Economics
Pearson UK
March 6, 2013

Welcome to the future of business thinking. It dares to confront everything you thought was true. It’ll challenge the so-called rules, dispute the perceived wisdom and turn that traditional, tired business advice completely on its head. Meet The Devil’s Advocate. And whether you’re new to business, an experienced senior executive or a budding entrepreneur, this fast and focused, clever little book, packed with empowering business advice and sharp insights, will help you carve a smart-thinking strategy for business success.

Great Advice…

Write down 10 or 20 things that in all honesty won’t make a big difference to yourselves or your business and don’t do them or do them extremely quickly and not brilliantly well. Because you are not an idiot, and have the best interests of the company in mind, explain to people calmly and politely why that is not a focus.

Courtesy of a great article by Tom Goodwin I found on LinkedIn Pulse