Managing teams under pressure

Right now the pressure is on. I’m sparing you the details of my to-do list. At times that pressure helps to focus, but at other moments it feels overwhelming. My trick for focusing is to turn off all notifications: Email, slack, twitter, Instagram. I let my boss know that I’m offline and give him one…

Let’s not benchmark

Benchmarking is comparing one’s business processes and performance metrics to industry bests and best practices from other companies (Wikipedia) The goal is to measure how well one is doing compared to the industry’s best, to discover why they are the best, and to copy. But in here lies the problem. When you copy a competitors…

A sketch of my PhD model

“What’s your model? ” asked the professor in a course handing me a whiteboard marker and gesturing to stand-up and go draw it – visible for everyone. Now four years later I find myself in the same situation, trying to get my thinking across to my supervisor and promoters. So here the building blocks of…