Michael Sampson - Currents

Where the Magic Happens

Michael Sampson - Currents

The past two weeks have been the busiest of my year, and it has taken all the hours I have available in a day to get everything done.

2018 142

Test the Idea at (Small) Scale

Michael Sampson - Currents

You have surveyed the current reality, and looked at what else is possible. You – in conjunction with others – have envisioned a new approach to work.

2018 136

Helping Others to “See Differently”

Michael Sampson - Currents

We hosted a party last night, for our second son who turned 21. It’s was a great celebration of life and living, and we enjoyed seeing family and friends share the dancing, food, fun and speeches of the night. We hired a local hall we’ve never hired before.

2018 136

Improving Personal Capability to Embrace New Ideas

Michael Sampson - Currents

We held a push-up competition several years ago at my house. Some of my sons could easily do 20 push-ups, but one in particular couldn’t do any (he was … 7?). “Dad, I can’t even do one” he said to me.

2018 127

Envisioning a New Approach

Michael Sampson - Currents

Envisioning a new approach has two inputs: your understanding of the current reality of the work process or activity, and your newly developed understanding of what’s possible.

2018 136

Re-Imagining Effective Work – the SAMR Model

Michael Sampson - Currents

Ruben Puentedura developed the SAMR model to categorise how educational technology can be used to enhance education.

2018 146

Collaboration in the Process of Re-Imagining

Michael Sampson - Currents

I have argued that we see the world through what we understand, informed by our experiences, and enlightened by what we have studied.

2018 127

On Interpretation and Artistry

Michael Sampson - Currents

There is a lot of thinking and repeatable process in re-imagining effective work. Learning how to examine a current process to understand its intent, its current form, and the actors involved. Being able to introduce new information to overcome information saturation.

2018 127

Re-Imagining Flooring – 3D Epoxy

Michael Sampson - Currents

Stuff (the online newspaper site in New Zealand) featured a story this week about 3D epoxy flooring : The latest wave (pun intended) of 3D floors presents some astonishing optical illusions, and it seems watery scenes are most in demand.

2018 136

Slinging Mud

Michael Sampson - Currents

I was talking with a colleague last week, and asked about a recent learning and development program on change management he attended.

2018 127

Sightedness: The Lesson

Michael Sampson - Currents

The lesson from the party hall and what people from different vocations see on entering is that people are quick to see what they’ve been trained to see, and are slow (and sometimes unable) to see that which they haven’t got the training to see.

2018 136

Wanted: A Presentist

Michael Sampson - Currents

With futurists the world is awash. Who proclaim the new and to the past say tosh. The future of work is so very posh. What you’re doing today is only bosh. The world is awash with futurists. Those who claim to see the future. As in the future of work.

2018 127

Mixed Reality with Power BI for Firstline Workers

Michael Sampson - Currents

2018 136

Use Binoculars, Not a Magnifying Glass

Michael Sampson - Currents

Both a magnifying glass and binoculars enhance vision, with one providing the micro and the other the macro in details not available to the naked eye.

2018 127

Who Switched the Drawers?

Michael Sampson - Currents

I have 21 drawers by my office desk. These hold stationery, paper, books to read, pens and pencils, pocket knifes, old thumbdrives, book manuscripts, keys, cables, in-progress projects, client-specific items, old journals I haven’t scanned yet, charging adapters, and much more.

2018 116

Shopping for Inspiration

Michael Sampson - Currents

Learning what others have done with the new tools and resources available to them provides inspiration and challenge on what could be possible in your work, team and organisation. I call this shopping for inspiration.

2018 127

Information Theory and Uncertainty in Collaborative Teams

Michael Sampson - Currents

Information theory says that new information reduces uncertainty. That something additional reduces the set of possible actions or outcomes. That as more information is gathered, collected, captured, understood and refined, uncertainty is reduced to such an extent that certainty rules the day.

2018 127

A Better Word Than Change?

Michael Sampson - Currents

Change. Doing something different. Learning. Mastering a new area. Building new knowledge and skills. Progress. Moving forward. Usually has the sense of an envisioned destination towards which the movement is being made. Improve. Become better. Better. More desirable, satisfactory, or effective.

2018 116

Maintain and Step Up

Michael Sampson - Currents

The Stages of Change model I reference in User Adoption Strategies has a final stage called “maintenance.” ” The intent of this fifth stage in the model is that the change introduced is done repeatedly, not just once.

2018 116

Distractions at the Office Mean That Remote Workers Outperform

Michael Sampson - Currents

Brian writes about why remote workers outperform office workers : … one study found that the number of people who say they cannot concentrate at their desk has increased by 16 percent since 2008.

2018 127

Conversations for Understanding – the Amway RealTalk Approach

Michael Sampson - Currents

Claire from Amway explains their RealTalk initiative to create the context for people to talk about difficult subjects without trying to “win” the conversation. The overall intent was to improve the culture at Amway.

2018 136

Re-Imagining a System for Health and Safety

Michael Sampson - Currents

The construction division at one of my clients used a health and safety database. It enabled them to track health and safety incidents, gain visibility across the division of all incidents, do reporting on what was happening and with what frequency, and more.

2018 116

From Out-Hustle to Out-Look

Michael Sampson - Currents

Fortune Magazine interviewed Dennis Lynch in early 2014 about his investment philosophy at Morgan Stanley. Key ideas: Take a long-term view in a world that thinks short-term. Markets with high growth rates offer good investment possibilities.

2018 116

Embrace the Stupid First Draft

Michael Sampson - Currents

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. Arthur Schopenhauer]. People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it. Puck Magazine , 1903].

2018 116

22 Ways To See Things Differently – Nicholas Bate

Michael Sampson - Currents

From Nicholas Bate in April 2014 on seeing things differently : 1. With the lights low. Early, at dawn. Through dark glasses. Wearing a brown paper bag and just listening. Through the tube of a rolled-up newspaper. Late, at dusk. Through binoculars. Squint.

2018 116

Study Beyond Your Industry

Michael Sampson - Currents

What could you learn from an operations manager at Schipol Airport, or an analyst at HSBC, or the man who schedules the trains for Network Rail or the process guy at the Department for Education?

2018 116

Seeing With Your Eyes Closed

Michael Sampson - Currents

On a day that I’m giving a workshop, I like to arrive at the location a couple of hours before everyone else. Sometimes the room has already been set out in a particular fashion, but other times the room is a blank canvas.

2018 116

Improving Things for Knowledge and Information Workers

Michael Sampson - Currents

Knowledge and information workers don’t produce physical product. They are paid to use their brains – leveraging a domain of knowledge, ways of thinking, ways of approaching a problem, ways of creating solutions to problems, and so on.

2018 116

Creativity – Playing with Possibilities

Michael Sampson - Currents

Creativity. Playing with possibilities. A playfulness with constraints. A pushing of the known to create the different. Re-Imagining Effective Work

2018 116

Backlash Against Group Chat

Michael Sampson - Currents

Group chat offers a particular approach to communication between people, characterised by rapid fire interaction, short sentences or thought fragments, and a fun and lively tone.

2018 116

Don’t Get to Perfect Too Soon

Michael Sampson - Currents

Getting to perfect too soon reduces the available space for collaboration. Perfection signals that the current effort is good enough or refined enough, and that the opportunity for input, direction, crazy ideas, left-field thinking, new ways of looking at a problem and the like has gone.

2018 116

BlackBerry KEY2

Michael Sampson - Currents

BlackBerry introduced its new smartphone, with a physical keyboard (hat tip, Vowe ). I have fond memories of my BlackBerry days, and there are still activities that I did with my BlackBerry Bold – such as live blogging conference talks – that I have never tried with an iPhone.

Improving SharePoint Lists – Roadmap 2018

Michael Sampson - Currents

Microsoft used the recent SharePoint Conference to introduce numerous improvements to SharePoint lists scheduled for 2018. About one third of these are available now, with the reminder scheduled to be delivered by the end of December 2018.

2018 116

Goals Not Tools

Michael Sampson - Currents

Several years ago at the Australian SharePoint Conference (hosted by ShareThePoint ), Lou Zulli presented a session called Making Sure That the SharePoint Solutions Your Team Has Created Don’t Go to Waste. One of his points created an a-ha in my head. This was his point: Make things easier.

2018 116

From Changing Tools to Making Progress – Improving Amenability

Michael Sampson - Currents

In Part 1, I introduced the three slices of the existing setting , and asked how far a change of some defined kind would go when introduced.

2018 116

From Changing Tools to Making Progress

Michael Sampson - Currents

When a new tool is introduced into an existing setting, the existing setting has some degree of stability (hopefully more than less). In order for the new tool to have a practical impact on the existing setting, it needs to be embraced into the setting; it needs to change what is already there.

2018 116

Hyperfish Acquired by LiveTiles

Michael Sampson - Currents

Last year I wrote about Hyperfish a couple of times ( Introduction , Beyond Active Directory , and Thoughts on Collecting Expertise ).

2018 116

GDPR: To Whom Does GDPR Apply?

Michael Sampson - Currents

Article 3 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) states: Territorial Scope.

2018 116

And So It Begins

Michael Sampson - Currents

May 25, 2018. It’s a date that’s always been “coming” and recently “coming quickly.”

2018 116

Marijn Somers on Change (and Progress) with Office 365

Michael Sampson - Currents

Earlier in the week I suggested we should use a different word instead of change. Marijn commented about his slide deck above, presented at SharePoint Saturday in Cambridge in September 2017. Read the whole deck, but I’m making an especial call out re Marijn’s argument around “progress” instead of “change” on slides 26-29. P.S. Slide 13 made me laugh out loud. Adoption & Effective Use Microsoft Office 365 Re-Imagining Effective Work

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