Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category

Creating an ‘Aha!’ image

If you need some inspiration for ways to create that ‘Aha!’ moment from your data, Seth Godin’s blog – Turning your idea into a picture refers us to a useful resource.

If, like me, you’ve ever sat scratching your head over the question of how to create a snapshot image of some complex (or even or so complex) piece of information, you’ll know that there are times when it can just make your brain hurt. It’s an incredibly valuable skill that mystifies those of us who don’t have the ability to visualise in quite such an elegant way.

So, if you ‘re looking for just the right graphic for data representation, perhaps A Periodic Table of Visualisation Methods will provide the answer.

The Gift of Effective Feedback

As Christmas gets nearer, we tend to think more and more about ‘giving’: High Street shops and online emporiums seduce us into buying more gifts to give to friends and family; we give generously to charities; and we give Christmas greetings to business colleagues, friends and acquaintances we like in the form of cards, calls, and even emails.

Most people find these forms of giving fairly easy and pleasant, especially in the holiday season. But when we think about giving feedback in our day-to-day lives, suddenly the concept of giving becomes onerous, tedious, and in some cases, downright scary! Yet with the right motivation and strategies, feedback can be one of the most valuable forms of giving that we have to offer.

Without feedback, it can be difficult to measure our own effectiveness or the impact that we have on those around us. Effective feedback helps us judge where our strengths lie, which can help prioritise the ways we use them. With the right sort of feedback, we can examine our development needs and decide what actions we should take to improve our performance in the workplace.

Feedback is a natural part of life – we give it all the time, in all sorts of contexts – and in the workplace, it is one of our most important tools.So it’s essential for us to use it effectively to improve our working lives.

Do you have any tips or tricks for giving and receiving effective feedback?Do you have any positive or negative examples of how feedback changed your workplace? If so, please share, I’d love to hear them.

Inspiring Speakers from the TED conference

Guy Kawasaki’s recent post about the talks on the TED conference site provided a fabulous resource. There are quite literally hours of inspiration here. The TED Conference site makes fascinating reading and clicking the TEDTalks page reveals short video clips of presentations from speakers who are in a class of their own. If the energy levels and ideas generated at TED Conference are as fantastic as they appears – attending one has just landed pretty high up on my list of aspirations.