When you delegate work to the member of the team, your job is to clearly frame success and describe the objectives.
Assuming a specific resource is high cost is often a path to disruption when someone makes a different assumption.
When you build a product, you make a lot of assumptions about the state of the art of technology, the best business practices, and potential customer usage/behavior.
Things will absolutely go wrong. In a healthy team, as soon as things go wrong, that information should be surfaced. Trying to hide or obscure bad news creates an environment of distrust or lack of transparency.
Knowledge created a new culture of business derived from the information gathering and analysis capabilities of first the mainframe and then the PC.
From a product development perspective, choosing whether a technology is disruptive at a potential moment is key.
Groups tend to believe their work is harder, more strategic, or just more valuable while underestimating those contributions from other groups.
If the work requires smart, talented, creative people, then more than anything, you want to enable folks on the team to create.
The best work for creative folks on the team is when the problem is big and the solution escapes everyone.
When faced with something complex, spend the time to think about some structure, write down sentences, think about it some more, and then share it.
The industrial revolution that defined the first half of the 20 century marked the start of modern business, typified by high-volume, large-scale organizations. Mechanization created a culture of business derived from the capabilities and needs of the time.
Continuous productivity manifests itself as an environment where the evolving tools and culture make it possible to innovate more and faster than ever, with significantly improved execution.
Innovation and disruption are the hallmarks of the technology world, and hardly a moment passes when we are not thinking, doing, or talking about these topics.
It is impossible to count the blessings I have received over my years at Microsoft. I am humbled by the professionalism and generosity of everyone I have had the good fortune to work with at this awesome company.
The cloud-powered smartphone and tablet, as productivity tools, are transforming the world around us along with the implied changes in how we work to be mobile and more social.
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