This Focused Performance Weblog started life as a "business management blog" containing links and commentary related primarily to organizational effectiveness with a "Theory of Constraints" perspective, but is in the process of evolving towards primary content on interactive and mobile marketing. Think of it as about Focusing marketing messages for enhanced Performance. If you are on an archive page, current postings are found here.
For the past couple of years, I keep coming back to edges: how few of them there are in the world, how digital technology is founded on bits that are nothing but edges, how the online world overcomes the edginess of the technology that enables it, and how messiness is an ontological property: Reality is a mess.
The sharp focus that many try to apply to edges, and the desire not to go outside the lines that they form, carries over into the management of organizations and projects as well. The sooner everyone realizes that the search for precision where there is none, be it in profit projections or project management, the better. One of the phrases that I find myself using a lot is, "Face reality!" And as Dave points out, that "reality is a mess." Describing it as otherwise doesn't make it so.
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