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Learning to Think Differently
Everyone could do their job better if they thought about it. The trouble is no-one ever teaches you to think.
Guy Browning, the celebrated Guardian columnist, has built a successful business helping organisations think more creatively, more rapidly and more effectively.
In his fast-moving, interactive Brainpower Workshop, he demonstrates a range of practical techniques to think your way around and through real business problems:
• Creative Problem Solving
• People Management
• Strategic Planning
• Productive Team Meetings
• Customer Service Development
• New Idea Generation
Guy demonstrates how to use basic intelligence, initiative and imagination to tackle core business issues.
Get Yourself Noticed
Working hard makes you almost invisible. What senior management like best are people who volunteer to do things. Of course, once you've got the credit, it's best to get as far away as possible before the work kicks in. The best way to do that is to volunteer for another project.
Remember that Less is More
When something goes wrong it's generally because someone has tried to do something. Obviously, if you don't do anything, you can't be blamed when it goes wrong. People who sit all day busily straightening paperclips are therefore the only people with a 100% record of success, and with that sort of record, promotion is inevitable.
Steer Well Clear of all Meetings
Half of every working day is spent in meetings, half of which are not worth having, and of those that are, half the time is wasted. Which means nearly one third of office life is spent in rooms with people you don't like, doing things that don't matter. If someone invites you to a meeting tell them you can't come because you're in a meeting (with yourself).
Ignore all Emails
Most emails are biodegradable. If you let them sink to the bottom of the pile they will eventually become irrelevant. If something really matters, the person who sent it will eventually speak to you, if only to relieve you of your job.
"The key to success is gratuitous flattery. Always congratulate your boss on tasks that can be done by a small monkey" - Guy Browning
"It is a silly thing to give advice, but to give good advice is absolutely fatal" - Oscar Wilde
"If at first you don't succeed, give up. Trying is the first step to failure" - Homer Simpson
"There's nothing more dangerous than a resourceful idiot" - Scott Adams, The Dilbert Principle
"Way down deep, we're all motivated by the same urges. Only cats have the courage to live by them" - Jim Davis, cartoonist
"If something's hard to do, then it's not worth doing" - Homer Simpson, again
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