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Do you struggle with communicating your points succinctly and clearly? Jessica Hagy has a clever solution on at the Indexed blog.

She reduces complex ideas into simple graphical representations on 3×5 index cards. The results are funny and insightful.

I saw it as a challenge for myself in the future to reduce a thought to a simple conceptual graphic or sentence. A sort of graphical Haiku.


I’ve been in the IT field for about 15 years now. I started with an aptitude for troubleshooting PCs and applications and enjoyed learning about new technologies. As my career progressed, I gained more and more responsibility and enjoying keeping up with new technologies less and less. About 7 years ago I started having more responsibility for projects as a technical project lead. This eventually led to my current career as a Project Manager. Over those formative years I started focusing more of my learning and development on soft skills. Things like writing and public speaking and time management.

One of my previous employers arranged for a 1 day FranklinCovey seminar in which I was introduced to the Steven Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. At the time, I was still emerging from my technology focused career into becoming more process focused. This resulted in my identifying more with the tools and checklists available in the FranklinCovey system than the underlying concepts.

Ove the last 4 years I have spent much more time learning about the concepts of the 7 Habits and other time management teachings. I have witnessed many of my peers and customers bogged down in using their energy in reactive mode as opposed to behaving proactively. They complain of being “too busy” to get their work done. Or, “I’m always behind the 8-ball.” Or, “How can I ever catch up?” Do you find yourself in a similar position? One common observation I have when witnessing these individual’s work habits is that they appear to have no plan on how they spend their limited time. Essentially, they bounce around from topic to topic, meeting to meeting, task to task, without any plan or guidance. They complain about their boss and colleagues giving them jobs when they are already overworked.

The challenge I see for these individuals is that they never really take time to understand what their workload really is and ask questions and make decisions as to what they should work on at any particular time. I don’t want to oversimplify this by not acknowledging unreasonable bosses or unrealistic job expectations. At the same time, there are some really basic steps a person can take to step back and gain some control over how they work.

Over the next few months I will blog on the 7 Habits. I know this area is well covered, but another voice can’t hurt and it will help reinforce the concepts for me and maybe some of my readers.

Why blog? It’s a question some of my friends ask when they find out about my contribution to the blogosphere. It is a valid question and I think (at least for now) there are a couple of valid answers.

First, I enjoy it. I enjoy writing and forming my thoughts. It doesn’t necessarily always come easy, but finding a voice – the right voice for me – is an ongoing challenge.

Second, I’m a strong proponent of collaborative cultures. Ever since I was little I had a bit of a problem with authority. One of my earliest memories was from elementary school, probably the 3rd grade. I had wanted to sit at a certain table in the lunchroom, but it wasn’t my class table. When the lunch lady asked me to move I refused. I remember throwing one heck of a tantrum and also remember staying in the seat long after everyone else had left for recess and long into the afternoon. The idea of a hierarchical system of knowledge sharing based on authority to me is “old school” and unwelcome. Not to dismiss the knowledge of the old and wise…but, a more peer-to-peer form of discovery and learning is more my style. One based on trust, credibility and expertise.

Third, sometimes I need something to do. Right now my work load is not what can be considered “heavy.” Considering that I blog on the topic of Project Management and some of these posts take research or are based on my learning, I consider it job-related.

Fourth, it keeps me current. We learn better when asked to explain what we’ve learned. By blogging on Project Management topics (and related things) I have an opportunity to clarify my thoughts and articulate my opinion.

Fifth, it is cool to track readership. I like seeing how many hits my site gets and where my readers come from. I really get into receiving comments too. Not that this blog is a best seller, but it is nice to know I’m not the crazy guy talking to himself in the alley (at least not yet.)

Do you blog? Share your comments on why you do and thanks for reading!

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