Do You Have The Guts To Say ‘Yes’?

The talkfest is over. It’s time for action. The Ideas Factory workshop generated 141 challenges which have been available for discussion and voting for nearly three months. Two areas that generated significant discussion were staff development and relationship building. In particular: Staff development – preparing for the future Staff development – professional recognition in the…

The Talkfest Is Over: 3 Things You Can Do Right Now

Give 32 librarians 30 minutes to discuss the challenges they will face in the next year and what happens? The room ignites and 141 challenges are identified without much thought at all. Ask them to spend the next 30 minutes discussing ideas to overcome just 5 of these challenges and what happens? The room erupts and 165…

What Does Success Look Like?

Last week I read a post by Australian Information Professional Alisa Howlett about how her definition of success has changed over time and sometimes the path is not as well defined as it used to be. Alisa’s post got me thinking about success in another way – from a project perspective. A successful project solves a problem…

Showcase: The Anatomy Of Libraries

My Mum lives in Gisborne. She doesn’t use the library and won’t write a letter to the editor about the library user-charges in Gisborne because she doesn’t know what she’d say. I asked Mum why she doesn’t use the library: “I don’t need to.” I asked Mum what would encourage her to use the library: “If…

What Business Are Libraries In?

If you had to describe what libraries do in 8 words or less (because this fits on a business card, is a nice sound bite, can be remembered and repeated, and can be used in advertising etc) what would you say? Why is this question so difficult to answer? Why are we not able to…

Where Good Ideas Come From

Steven Johnson has just released his book Where Good Ideas Come From and based on this intricate, yet short 4 minute video, I’ve just put an order in for it at Amazon.

Homai te pakipaki

“Homai te pakipaki” literally translates from Maori as “give the clap”. It is a phrase frequently used by the host to encourage the audience to show their appreciation for a guest speaker by giving them a round of applause. I stumbled upon three recent blog posts that in my opinion deserve a round of applause. They each provide an insight into how treating…

When Did You Last Share A Problem With An Alien?

In a recent Forbes article, Scott Berkun, author of The Myths of Innovation remarked that we often get stuck thinking that only a brilliant idea will solve a problem, and spend our energy either looking for a brilliant idea or dismiss our ability to be innovative and put the problem into the “too hard” basket. When all we need to do…

Getting Important Stuff Done

It’s been ages since my last post. I’m an organised person and I like lists. But I haven’t been organised enough to find time to write a blog post on a regular basis. And this has been annoying me. So this week I made an effort to change that. I’ve decided not to try harder,…

Try Different, Not Harder

I’m a huge fan of Seth Godin. I like the simplicity and straightforwardness of his approach to marketing. In a post this week Seth blogged “The usual mantra is to ‘try harder’. Trying harder is impossible when you’re already trying as hard as you can. But you can always try different.” Which is what got me thinking…