Monday, 6 January 2020

Are you easily distracted?

11 minutes 25 seconds felt like an eternity. It was the duration of an activity I was doing as part of my do something different every day in January. What’s the longest you’ve read without distraction? Or should that be, what’s the longest you’ve read without distraction taking you off to start another task whilst the article/chapter gets left on hold until (or if) you return to it? It’s funny how these challenges go. Last time I did something different every day the biggest insight was how often I said no to things. A pattern I have since tried to break, and am certainly more aware of my default of “no I don’t want to do/try/go...” This time, it would seem I’m pushing at the attention/ focus pattern - or lack of such. Interestingly the Saturday paper magazine I chose to read cover to cover included an article that took those 11+ minutes to read and was on Tristan Harris on “attention capitalism”. Exploring the very subject that my challenge seems to be inviting me to unlock. That’s why I love the doing something different every day challenge because it provides me/us with an opportunity to push at unconscious habits. From past experience the habits we resist most are the habits most in need of review. What will you do differently today? hashtagletsgetzagging

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Talk to me about mindset

Does procurement already have plenty of heart in your organisation? Could it do with a little more? Or less? Perhaps it’s doesn’t matter! The procurement mindset survey hopes to find out the answer to this and other questions so we can identify the main development goals for procurement for 2020. The survey is open to procurement, suppliers and others who deal with procurement on a regular basis. Your support is much appreciated so do share - responses to date are already inspiring me.

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Friday, 6 December 2019

Motivation is an inside job

Motivation is an inside job. 

I’ll say it again. Motivation is an inside job. 

Our motivation, or it’s lack, is not the fault of other people. Which means the toxic boss, negative colleagues, or relentless organisational culture are not the reason for our lack of motivation. Our decision to allow these things to impact our motivation is. 

I know that’s hard. I know it’s easier to point the finger at others. I also know that sustained contact with these potential demotivators can wear even the hardiest person down. 

The issue is that so long as we look for the cause outside ourselves we’ll not take personal responsibility for making the changes that are needed. Instead, we join others and gossip about the toxic boss rather than make the hard decision to find a new job or raise the issue with HR. Instead we continue in our lack of motivation, waiting and hoping for someone else to change their behaviour - and that may never ever happen - leopards and their spots and all that! 

If you’re lacking motivation, what action can you take today to take responsibility for the external factors you’re currently allowing to impact your joy for life?