We hear a lot about innovation and change these days. Everyone is talking about it, every is doing it, or at least trying to. There’s a problem though, change and innovation require more than lip service. Declaring that you are innovative does not make it so. You know what I’m talking about, someone reads an article, attends a presentation, has a conversation over coffee and … Continue reading Want Innovation? Get Out of the Way
The choice you need to make is will it affect it in a good way or a bad way? We are all busy. My to-do list is so long at this point I keep a master running list and a small list just for today, because looking at the long list inspires panic. As individuals, managers and organizations it can be easy to keep adding … Continue reading Managers – The Message You’re Sending About Time is Affecting Customer Service
Putting in all those extra hours, either from the office or home, isn’t helping you. At least not with creativity, innovation or those ah-ha! moments. Some of our greatest moments of insight happen where we least expect them to. From the Wallstreet Journal: It happened to Archimedes in the bath. To Descartes it took place in bed while watching flies on his ceiling. And to … Continue reading Want to Innovate? Stop Working So Hard
I’ve been reading, watching and listening to a lot about motivation lately. Not intentionally but once you start thinking about what motivates people to create, to participate, to get involved it starts to show up in places you don’t expect it. Sometimes I got looking for it too. Over and over I notice the same theme, it’s not about the money. Sure money is important … Continue reading It’s not about the money
Yesterday I attended a MaintainIT webinar – Using MaintainIT Resources for Technology Training, where they shared some useful information and links. One of the sites was Infopeople, a nonprofit that archives their presentations and handouts and makes them available under a Creative Commons license! As I was exploring I came across materials for a previous workshop – Stress Management in the Library Workplace. There are … Continue reading Stress Management in the Library Workplace
I’ve seen many news articles and video lately about usage of libraries increasing during a recession. I’ve personally noticed my library seems busier. While many have celebrated the increase of use and the public attention we so rightly deserve, we also need to consider the down side. Our funding might be cut, the public is less likely to approve bonds or tax levies to increase … Continue reading Library Usage Will Go Up During a Recession – Management Are You Really Prepared?