Last week I attended the Connecting Up conference on the Gold Coast, Australia. It was the first time I had been to the conference and I was pleased to see a range of people from across the world come together and discuss my passion – the intersection of technology and communications in the NGO sector.
I was looking forward to the conference because it would give me a few days away from the office to reflect on the big picture stuff that I know is happening and I should be doing but don’t have time to think about let alone implement. I often find myself getting distracted by the routine everyday tasks. Sound familiar?
However, when I got to the conference and was told that the big picture stuff really was about implementing little changes everyday. I had a Duh moment. I know this but somehow I had fallen into the trap that many of us do. I had forgotten that progress is about daily action and requires continued focus. Change is achievable when we stop making it a big thing and categorising it as hard work.
So instead of walking away with big ideas like I did after my last conference, which I clearly didn’t do anything with, I decided to take away a few one-liners that I could place near my desk and help change my everyday work.
They might be useful to you too.
- Innovation doesn’t have to be something new
- NGOs need to break the rules
- Give, give, give and ask
- Tell a big story through little stories
- It’s ok to upset people along the way
- Email is still key
- Insanity is doing what you’ve always done and expecting the same result
- Begin a story with the Why then follow with the How and What
Do you have any one-liners that help you stay focused at work? Please share them.
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