About a year ago I decided to start my crusade for Life Without Biases, and about few months later AnyaWorkSmart was born. A few months more, and my first year as blogger comes to an end, and what a wonderful journey it has been so far! Who would have thought that so many people would become interested in what I have to say, but the fact is that our following is growing steadily since the beginning. Continue reading
Category Archives: Life without biases
This is Sparta?!! – Since when did it become a norm not to achieve any result?
During one of my previous employments, a rumor came through the grapevine (you know how it is) that 300 people are going to be laid off next week. Putting aside what it did to the overall mood in the workplace, something bothered me about the number itself. Continue reading
Learning to be Rational – From Ask Anya mails
Following series of posts on How good are you in making decisions.
“There are so many components to our decisions that I doubt the change in a decision making process can be achieved so easily. How can we become rational if we don’t always know when we’re irrational?” Continue reading
How much is “Most People”?
When I previously wrote about utilizing data and research in management, I mentioned that not always when people are using a certain word or term, they are understood the way they meant to. This is especially relevant when we’re trying to express quantities without using numbers. For example, how many people are “most people” or how frequent is “usually” ? Continue reading
Craftsman, Scientist or Artist – who are you? Three approaches to Expertise
In my post on communication I mentioned that language has its limitations when trying to explain something – for the simple reason of possible gaps in the understanding of terminology by the involved parties. We’ve already encountered this problem when trying to distinguish between Skill, Competence and Expertise, as everyone seems to understand these concepts differently. However, there is an elegant solution for this problem: Continue reading
Communication skill: more or better?
We are all aware of crucial role communication skills play in any endeavor; they can bring back a failing project from ashes and make a successful one sink like Titanic in a blink of an eye.
There are numerous training resources out there that call for communicating more, trying to break down into bits and pieces what communication is and how it should be done properly. So why do we still struggle so much in conveying our messages when we want others to do something for us or, at least, to understand what we’re talking about? Continue reading
Why the change doesn’t stick?
There are several professions (Process Improvement Engineers, Business Process Analysts, Organizational Development Specialists, all Six Sigma and other Lean followers) that specifically deal with bringing change and progress into organizations, helping companies to secure their chance for a long term survival. However notwithstanding the pride and sense of accomplishment that this activity brings, many change practitioners are Continue reading
Utilizing Data and Research in Management
Why would I choose to focus on this topic? It sounds so boring that I risk losing your attention already at the title.
But no, I haven’t lost my marbles. Lately, we’ve discussed at length the crucial role of the Manager in the Decision-making process, so it brings us naturally to the most crucial component of this process – the interpretation of information. Continue reading
8 Myths on Project Manager vs. the “Real” Manager, Part 2
5. “Soft skills are for goofs such as the Project Manager because he doesn’t know how it all works”
It’s not smart to allow your level of technical knowledge to cloud the perception of human relationships. Continue reading
8 Myths on Project Manager vs. the “Real” Manager, Part 1
As I promised, in this post I’ll discuss eight main misconceptions about the status of Project Manager as a “Real” Manager. There are probably more, but these are the ones I’ve encountered the most during my experience in different organizations. Take a look at them, and it might facilitate your work tremendously. Continue reading