Compton’s 10 Commandments

  1. You have to give people a mission, a clear understanding of how to achieve that mission and a road map for choosing the appropriate steps for action
  2. Either serve the customer superbly or don’t even try.
  3. Change is not something that happens. It’s a way of life. It’s not a process, it’s a value. It’s not something you do, it engulfs you.
  4. How do you get the people who built the box to think outside it? You get new people.
  5. Forget outside consultants. They come in, make a mess, then walk away.
  6. Technology is never really the problem. The problem is how to use it effectively.
  7. The wrong answer rarely kills you. What it does is waste time. And time is an absolutely limited resource.
  8. The weak link in reengineering is will. It is a huge job and it is agonizingly, heartbreakingly tough.
  9. Once people catch on to reengineering, you can’t hold them down. It’s a lifetime venture.
  10. When I see somebody more radical than I am, I’ll know we’re getting somewhere.

Source:  Unknown.  I found a photocopy of this in one of my old folders and thought they were worth passing along. If you know the source, let me know so that I can cite it properly. ↩︎

A Life Worth Waking Up For

Joshua Becker:

7 Rules for Maximizing Your Creative Output

Steve Pavlina’s rules for optimizing the highly creative flow state:

  1. Define a clear purpose.
  2. Identify a compelling motive.
  3. Architect a worthy challenge.
  4. Provide a conducive environment.
  5. Allocate a committed block of time.
  6. Prevent interruptions and distractions.
  7. Master your tools.

From 2007, but as with many productivity articles, this one stands the test of time. I really need to work on item five. He says that his truly creative output starts in hour two…. most of my creative sessions don’t even last two hours…