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August 24, 2010

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Jo Roach

Great list, especially number 4. Ego is an absolute killer in creative teams. It reduces other people's passion and commitment, and worse still it takes your focus away from what you're creating.

A couple from me:

6. Tell other people when they're great
When someone around you does or says something extra special, tell them. And then watch them fly. We all work better when we feel confident and happy, and helping someone else to do great things can be even more rewarding than doing them yourself.

7. Fail Better
When you fail, admit your failure. Understand it and then take what you learned and use it in future. I admire people who can confess to screwing up, because I know that they have real confidence in their talents and the wisdom to keep learning. And most importantly that they are trustworthy.

hugh garry

Thanks Jo and great point about recognising 'trustworthy' people through their understanding and acceptance of failure.

Sam Horner

8. There is always room for improvement but know when to let go.
A project, product, (insert thing) is never perfect and can always been improved but know when to let it go. Don't over cook your steak.

hugh garry

Cheers Sam. Is there a veggie analogy option?

Sam Horner

Don't.....over slice your cucumber??

Martyn Davies

10. Don't bury your head in the sand
When you discover an issue, don't pretend it isn't there, don't pretend it will just go away and don't worry about being blamed for it. Flagging problems early and communicating the actions to solving them will win you more respect in the end. Most of all, don't go it alone. A problem shared is a problem halved after all.

Nevali

11. You can't do everything

Other people will almost always be working on similar things or in similar areas to you, and trying to do everything yourself is a recipe for disaster. Keep your eyes and ears open and figure out when to work with others and build on what they've done.

12. Don't flog a dead horse

Don't keep at things just because you've invested a lot of time and effort in it: sometimes projects, however dear to your heart, need to be put out of their misery — and doing that gives you the freedom to move on to something new. Throw things at walls, see what sticks. Sometimes it'll be nothing, sometimes it'll be a lot.

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