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    Monday
    Jun032019

    There is power in 'collective sense'

    There is power in 'collective sense'. This week I'm posting on sensemaking, the skill in understanding the deeper meaning of something.

    How do you do it? Write some stuff down and write it in a layout that looks more like a map rather than a list. When you do this in a meeting and other people can see that map, you start to do ‘collective sensemaking’. Making sense of things together.

    Collective sense is in contrast to lone voices and egos who dominate meetings, propose solutions prematurely, or shut people down. It’s in contrast to the loud speakers, the interrupters and the repeaters. Collective sensemaking makes better leaders, and it's a skill today's leaders need to sharpen up on.

    I’ll leave you with these four templates from my book ‘Making Sense: A Handbook for the Future of Work’:

    1. a simple line or continuum

    2. a set of stairs (have you ever presented information about 'stepping up or improving'; this is an ideal shape and template)

    3. a path or road with signs (journey, anyone?)

    4. network diagram (from earlier this week). Give a like if you've learned something this week about sensemaking.

    πŸ€” What are you trying to make sense of at work? 

    Monday
    Jun032019

    Lists are great for shopping. Not great for sensemaking.

    Lists are great for shopping. Not great for sensemaking.

    When you’re in a meeting, discussing, generating ideas and solutions, planning details of how things might work, you might write down some key points:

    * In a list.

    * Like this.

    * And this.

    * Another point like this.

    * And more like this.

    While it feels efficient capturing what’s happening - sequentially - it’s not so helpful for making sense, now or later. A vertical list of dot points is challenging to retain, build links in, find common themes or show relationships and connections.

    Ditch the list; make a map. You zoom out on Google Maps to see where you are: roads, suburbs and towns become visible. The ‘dots’ of towns are connected, not in a list but in a network.

    A network map is one of the foundation tools I use to help people build sensemaking skills. It shows relationships, connections, more detailed information. Lines can be different thicknesses; circles different sizes. This communicates something more than any list can. The quality of the map? It doesn't matter. It's that you made a map - that matters.

    Friday
    May172019

    Managing information overload in a world of too much %$#&* information

    The Institute for the Future said cognitive load coping was a 'got to have it' skill for 2020. I've been keynoting at conferences on Day 1 giving delegates these much needed 'cognitive load coping' skills.

    Are we ever 'taught' or 'shown' what to do in a situation of information overload? Many people zone out, reach for the comfort of their mobile device, feign understanding (head nodding) or daydream.

    Info overload at conferences happens:

    🐌 g-r-a-d-u-a-l-l-y (end of Day 1 you feel zombie-ish)

    or

    πŸš€ rapidly (presentation is so fast, laden with charts and stats you lose the threads ... gone).

    Part of the 'it's all too much' zone is when we foolishly choose to REWORK information. We store it (take photos of slides at conferences, save PDFs, type notes, screenshot stuff) fully intending to 'look at it later'.

    But it's one of the most ineffective and inefficient ways to handle information overload. Rather, get up out of the 'it's all too much zone'. It's worth building the confidence and capability to handle all that information, live ... in the moment so you are indeed 'all over it'.

    Monday
    Apr292019

    Drowning in it

    Drowning in it. Have you felt the ‘drowning in it’ feeling? It happens daily in meetings, or on Day 1 of a new job, drowning in all that information!

    The Institute for the Future named ‘Cognitive Load Coping' as something we’ll need to be good/better/best at for the 2020s. We can't wait for a magic pill - we need to do better with information, now.

    A key is understanding that cognitive overload can happen:

    πŸŒ• s-l-o-w-l-y without you barely noticing it (until you're in a daze, like at a conference), or

    πŸŒ• swiftly (when someone presents lots of complex info, data, results and - aaargh, we've lost the thread).

    We can build skills to manage our own cognitive load (more on that over the coming weeks). But as leaders, we must focus and ruthlessly prioritise when presenting information to others - for their load.

    TIP: Package information up in chunks that are easy for digestion. This means losing long lists of bullet points; too tough to make sense of.

     

    Here's my infamous slide presented at a conference on Day 1. (The Day 2 speakers stayed up late deleting all their bullet points! πŸ˜† And the presentations were better!) Ditch the list of dots, it's zzzzz. What helps your cognitive load? 

    Thursday
    Apr252019

    Don’t put anything on the walls.


    Thinking information on a wall is ugly or damages the decor might be good for aesthetic folks, but there’s a lot of pragmatic people who need to see things to make sense of 'em.

    Seeing helps us make sense of what’s happening, why it's happening and what's yet to happen. And it reduces uncertainty and anxiety.

    If there’s nothing visible about the work going on, then is there any work actually going on? It’s like that philosophical statement: “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” If our work is hidden in digital files, apps and emails of ‘reply all’, is progress actually happening? Too much information is hidden deep in dungeons, vaults and rabbit holes and it's too complex to work with.

    What’s happening at your workplace: Are you ‘allowed’ to put things on the wall?