The Japanese instituted something called a pod hotel or a capsule hotel.  As Wikipedia states:

A capsule hotel (??????? kapuseru hoteru), also known as a pod hotel, is a type of hotel developed in Japan that features a large number of extremely small “rooms” (capsules) intended to provide cheap, basic overnight accommodation for guests who do not require or who cannot afford the services offered by more conventional hotels.

One of the key things to keep in mind is the idea that this is intended to be for “basis overnight accommodation“, not a long term stay.  In the business world there is a similar concept called “hoteling“, but some companies completely screw it up. Continue reading “Hoteling”

Servant Leadership
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As Wikipedia says, Servant Leadership is a philosophy:

Traditional leadership generally involves the exercise of power by one at the “top of the pyramid.” By comparison, the servant-leader shares power, puts the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible. Servant leadership turns the power pyramid upside down; instead of the people working to serve the leader, the leader exists to serve the people.

I’m sure we’ve all seen examples of the “top of the pyramid” form of leadership, but have you seen examples of servant leadership? Continue reading “Servant Leadership”

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I was driving home from work and a car in front of me went from the right lane to the middle lane, to the left lane and turned, all in the space of twenty meters.  I was quite surprised at how late the person was at understanding that they needed to be in the left lane. A couple of blocks later someone else did the same thing.  Closer to home?  From the left to the right lane and turned but they forced the bus to stop as they weren’t really in the right lane at all when they turned.

Why don’t people driving plan their routes better? Continue reading “Plan Or Fail”

Leaders Or Managers

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If you’ve ever talked to me, read one of my notes, seen my picture in the post office, then you know that I have sometimes have strange ideas.  Some would say that I am “one brick short of a load” but I just consider myself “different”.  One of the areas where I am different is in the concept of a manager versus a leader. Continue reading “Leaders Or Managers”

Adobe Lightroom and Leadership
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Wouldn’t it be great if you could just pick up an article, read it, and then become an awesome leader? Stosh D. Walsh, a trainer, coach, writer, dude, believes that there are set of principals or rules that you can follow that will make you an awesome leader.  He’s got a big list of these rules, however:

  1. Find your style and inspire
  2. Demonstrate integrity
  3. Finish your homework
  4. Invest in yourself
  5. Manage your brand
  6. Concentrate on the future
  7. Understand people personally
  8. Position people professionally
  9. Praise liberally
  10. Coach and advocate
  11. Forge partnerships
  12. Aske before telling
  13. Anticipate and optimize
  14. Take risks
  15. Expect greatness

I mean, it’s great that he’s got a list, everyone needs a list, but what do you concentrate on, what do you look at first?  The most common thing to do is to tackle the “low hanging fruit”, the easy stuff, the stuff that doesn’t take much effort but still provides valuable improvements. But is that going to help?

Here is a different approach:  pick your worst area and improve that.  It might not be the easiest, but it is probably the most significant area that needs to be improved.  This actually came from a book I was reading on manipulating images from digital cameras.  Highlights in underexposed areas can be enhanced, but if you have something overexposed it is difficult to bring out any detail.  Think of the parts that you need to improve as underexposed pictures.  The detail is there, just hidden in the darkness.  Your job is remove some of that darkness and let the detail shine.

Cool, a photography reference in a leadership entry.

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