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Is your team affected by the “Centipede’s Dilemma” ?

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For an organisation, a team to be efficient, proper strategy and thinking is very important. For sure, running a team without a plan, an objective can be very counterproductive : people don’t know what they have to do.

Saying this, it’s also very important to keep in mind that the biggest risk is to do nothing, because you’re scared of not having THE good plan.

Thinking too much sometimes can kill organisations : people spend time discussing about defining basics things, basic rules, and don’t move !

The best way to explain this is the “Centipede’s dilemma” :


A spider met a centipede.
“How do you keep all those legs coordinated?” the spider asked.
The centipede replied, “I don’t know. I’d never thought about it before.”
At this point, the spider ran off, and the centipede tried to give chase, but was unable to because he couldn’t make his legs walk properly, and he could never move again.

So, be sure not be affected by the Centipede’s Dilemna !


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The state of social media in the H2 2012

A  new  and very good presentation about social media.

A lot of very good and up-to-date numbers.

The one prefer is : With 158 Million users  US does not have the largest social networking population, China does with 308 Millions !




10 laws of productivity

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I’m a big fan of Behance team.
I’ve read the book “Making ideas happen” in which I’ve found a lot of very good ideas.
Recently I went throw an article: “10 laws of productivity“.

I highly recommend you to read it as it is concrete, simple and clear.

The 10 laws are :

1. Break the seal of hesitation
2. Start small.
3. Prototype, prototype, prototype.
4. Create simple objectives for projects, and revisit them regularly.
5. Work on your project a little bit each day.
6. Develop a routine.
7. Break big, long-term projects into smaller chunks or “phases.”
8. Prune away superfluous meetings (and their attendees).
9. Practice saying “No.”
10. Remember that rules – even productivity rules – are made to be broken.

I’ve also created a very simple presentation about it that you can use if you need to present the document to several people, feel free to use it!

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What Singapore can learn from Europe.

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I’ve spent 2 years in Singapore, and go there for business once per quarter.

This city / country is amazing. In 45 years Singaporeans have been able to achieve tremendous development of their economy.

This has een possible thanks to good decisions, strong leadership, and a lot of work.

At the end, even if standard of living can be comparable between Europe and Singapore (living, housing, leisure, schools, …) huge differences exists espcially around politics, arts, inequalities.

These differences are  very difficult to describe without behing caricatural.

A colleague pointed to me  a very good article : What Singapore can learn from Europe by By Tommy Koh.

In this article , Mr Koh describe 4 areas of differences betweeen Europe and Singapore in which Singapore should learn from Europe :

[list_ordered][li]Salary equity and minimum wage[/li] [li]Higher fertility[/li] [li]Embracing nature and sustainable development[/li] [li]Heritage, culture and the arts[/li] [/list_ordered]

If you want to know more, just read it, this is a very good article to understand differences between Singapore and Europe society.

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I’ve improved my personal record on half-marathon by 10 minutes !

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I’m still folowing my objective to become a marathoner.

On april 15 I ran half-marathon for the 3rd time.

My first run was 1 year ago in Annecy (France), it went well, and it took me 2h 06 min to finish.

In december I did another try in Singapore, it went really very bad, and I finished the race totally exhausted in a terrible 2h26 minutes.

This new attempt was very important as I had 2 objectives : forget the Singapore failure, and improve my last year time to confirm that I’m on the good path to achieve a marathon soon!

Everything went well and I crossed the finish line in a very good (for me !) 1h56 min.

It’s 10 min, better than last year. It’s an average speed of 11.0 km/h (last year was 10km/h).

 Why did I improve ?

because every race I build experience. Last year was my first ever 21.1km run. This year it was the 3rd one

because the weather was very good : 7 degres, small rain. I’ve learnt that this is an ideal weather to run

because I was confident about my objective : some good training sessions showed me I was able to run at 11km/h

because I was not alone. 2 colleagues ran with me and helped me to keep the good pace

because I’m improving at running  ! I just started to run 2 years ago, so I’m still improving

because I did some “qualitative” training not just running to build my endurance skill.

So what is next ?

My new next objective is to run Paris marathon in 1 year from now.

Before that, I’ll run Paris-Versailles (17km) in september to keep an intermediate objective.

I’ve now one full year to improve and be ready !



My best photos : Sunset in Sumatra

From My best photos

I took this photo in Tuk-tuk, Lake Toba, on Sumatra island in Indonesia.

It’s was a rainy evening, by the lake.
Sunset helps to do nice photo with beautifull colors.

This post is part of a serie of posts in which I present my best photos. All of them have been taken by me. The quality is not professional of course, but I love them. You can find all the posts here.

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Global Internet users will double in the next years and most will be mobile.

Global Internet users will double in the next years and most will be mobile.
This is one of the facts you’ll find in this very good presentation by Business Insider : THE FUTURE OF MOBILE.

This very good presentation give an outlook of what is hapenning and what will happen in mobile market : market growth, OS war, …



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My best photos : Buffalo in Indonesia

I took this photo in Tomok, Lake Toba, on Sumatra island in Indonesia.

This bufallo was near a house, eating quietly.

This post is part of a serie of posts in which I present my best photos. All of them have been taken by me. The quality is not professional of course, but I love them. You can find all the posts here.

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6 reasons why project managers fail to plan.

If you want your project to be successfull, you need to plan.

At the early stages, you need to plan the journey that will bring the team from the start line to the arrival (i.e. the end of the project).

Many projects fail because the team start to run without proper plan.

[h4]Everybody knows this, but why few people actually really plan before starting ?[/h4]

[h5]Because at the beginning, everything is possible.[/h5]Everybody is full of energy, the resources (manpower, time, money) seems to be infinite… So why plan ?

[h5]Because we are (often) too optimistics[/h5]
“Let’s go, it should be ok”. Because at the beginning everything is possible, the mindset can be “Everything is possible, se are good, so we Will succeed, so…. no need to plan !”

[h5]Because planning is difficult. [/h5]

To plan you need to take a step back. You need to understand what is the essential. Planning requires specific skills.

[h5] Because planning means choices.[/h5]

When you plan, you need to choose the path, and to choose is to renounce. You need to decide wich path you’ll not go. This is sometimes difficult.

[h5]Because planning seems boring. [/h5]

We all prefer action. We feel like “loosing” time planning when we could do so many concrete actions for the project !

[h5]Because we are too focused on concrete execution.[/h5]

They are so many things to do on the project : organise logisctics, welcome people, start first actions, … From early morning to the night, the project manager is busy on very concrete actions with no time to plan…

[h4]So a good project manager will be able to forget these bad reasons that try to push him in the bad direction, and will focus on plan ![/h4]



My experience with ZTD : Week 9 results

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This is the report #9 of my experimental implementation of  Zen To Done the productivity methodology by Leo Babauta.

As a reminder, the first habit I’ve decided to implement 9 weeks ago  is to define every morning the 3 Most Important Topics (MITs) I want / need / commit to achieve during the day.

The 2nd one I started to implement 3 weeks ago is to manage emails to stay inbox 0 and for this to spend 30 minutes per day in an “email cleaning” session.

I’m really happy with the result of these 2 new habbits.

Defining 3 MITs everyday really helps to stay focused.

Of course many times it does not goes as planned, and achieving the MITs is not always possible, but at list I achieve some, and I know what to focus on next day.

Next week I’ll not try to implement any new routine, but I’ll still focus on :

  •  define 3 MITs (and do them !)
  • do a 30 min email cleaning session everyday to come back to inbox 0.

Results next week …

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