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57 Performance Reviews

57 Performance Reviews

A few weeks ago, I started receiving emails from Microsoft called “My Analytics.” Have you seen these? Microsoft is tracking my digital behaviors and creating a report designed to help me understand my work habits and give me helpful suggestions. For example, the My Analytics report told me that I open my emails, on average, 30 seconds after I receive them.  Based on that data, it suggested that I answer email only 2 or 3 times each day to avoid being continually distracted from my projects.  Smart, right?  Here’s another example: The most recent My Analytics report I received told me I’ve had 57 performance reviews in the last 4 weeks. Actually, as you can see the report told me ...

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The Tsundoku

The Tsundoku

For as long as I can remember I have loved to read.  I was brought up in a family that made regular trips to the library to look for new books to read every week or so.  It was an adventure.  I loved getting lost in the stacks and trying out new books to take back home. I remember the wonder I felt entering the small library at Cherrington Elementary School in Westerville, Ohio.  And I remember one book I loved and checked out multiple times – A Rocket in My Pocket.  While in elementary school I joined the Scholastic Book Club where you could order books and then the teacher would present yours to you when the box arrived ...

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Consistency: A 22nd Century Skill

Consistency: A 22nd Century Skill

Not long ago, a member of my team emailed me an interesting challenge: come up with a training for 22nd century skills. It piqued my interest. Here’s how I responded: “That’s a cool idea. By the 22nd century, I imagine there will be a volume of content so immense that people will need to be excellent at filtering, finding, and quickly assessing. Like today, actual human interaction and communication skills will be a commodity. The ability to connect, influence, and capture attention will be vital.” Was I on the right track?  How would you answer that question?  I could have started with any one of the many lists created for 21st century skills.  One simple list of learning and innovation ...

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