January 26, 2015

Snow Day Revisited

As the US East Coast gets slammed with another “storm of the century” we can reflect on two things – leadership and technology. I have a friend whose boss demands she is at her desk every weekday no later than 8:30am and cannot leave the office any earlier than 4:45pm. That may be helpful if you’re working on an assembly line but frankly I think it’s short-sighted.

We are connected through email and mobile devices, webinars and virtual teaming technology, and if you look at the forward-thinking companies in the world, people aren't measured by the number of hours they spend warming their office chair.

No School Today!

Of course the words “snow day” were joyous when we were kids. It meant that school was closed and we all get a free pass to go play in the same snow that canceled classes. Now we see a big storm crush the city and the commute to that seat to keep it warm is longer, dangerous, and frustrating.

If you are experiencing this latest storm, stop and think of how your work is being done differently this week. Less people may be able to make it into the office, many will have to work from home, email and phones will be utilized more, and fewer will be as concerned about punching some imaginary clock to put in their hours.

Now remember this in six months when the sun is baking us and these same options are available. Productivity is not about the numbers of hours we spend in an office. But if you are forced to be there.

Be safe!
Kneale Mann | People + Priority = Profit


January 21, 2015

Introverts vs. Extroverts

You may know that there seems to be a growing introvert movement going on at the moment. It’s not that there are more introverts in the world, but they seem to be speaking up for themselves which is a very good thing. There are books and seminars, and workshops and websites on introvert leadership, finding your inner extrovert, dealing with chatty people, navigating the business world in your own quiet way, etc.

First, introverts aren't quiet. And they aren't one homogeneous group who share all the same traits. Clearly an extrovert gave them that label! A friend nailed it with one sentence. If introverts are supposed to learn to be more extroverted, why aren't extroverts expected to learn how to be more introverted?


I think it's exciting and necessary to embrace the variances in your relationships and teams and work and life. But when someone decides to label you like it's a four-letter word, remember who you are, what you want to improve for you, how you want to work on parts of your personality, and celebrate all the gifts you bring.

Introvert, extrovert, talkative, quiet, thoughtful, processing, speak your mind, heart on your sleeve, keep it to yourself, keep being who you are and how you are and when in doubt, consult Dr. Seuss because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind at all. Or we could always imagine a world where everyone is the same.

Wouldn't that be boring!
Kneale Mann | People + Priority = Profit


January 16, 2015

Inspiration Redefined

In her 2014 TEDTalk, Stella Young discussed inspiration in a frank, open and funny talk that may make you rethink your perspective.

Sadly, Stella passed away suddenly last December. Watch this and let her inspire you, even though she may have claimed it was not her purpose in life.

Kneale Mann | People + Priority = Profit

TED | Stella Young
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