MonthAugust 2014

5 things we can learn from “300”

300, directed by Zack Snyder in 2007, is a fantasy war film based on the 1998 comic series of the same name by Frank Miller. Based on the Battle of Thermopylae in the Persian Wars, the film tells the story of King Leonidas, played by Gerard Butler, who leads 300 Spartans into battle against King Xerxes and his vast Persian army of over 300,000.

Whilst watching the movie, I couldn’t help but consider some of the trials and tribulations that Leonidas and his small army overcame – some of which can be applied as lessons in our modern office today.

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Stefan Sagmeister: The power of time off

A great talk from Stefan Sagmeister about how taking time off helps with the creative process.

Dealing with Distractions

You work alone. Total renegade.

You don’t like interference from other people.

You thrive on the ability to lose yourself in what you do for hours on end.

Then you get an email. A push notification. A phone call.

All that work you’ve spent the last 4 hours doing has stopped completely in it’s tracks because you’ve been distracted from the task at hand. You were driving the car, and you stop at the red lights because everyone wants to talk to you. Right now.

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“The technology is here; it’s never been easier to communicate and collaborate with people anywhere, any time. But that still leaves a fundamental people problem. The missing upgrade is for the human mind.”

Jason Fried, Remote: Office Not Required

Scott Berkun – “The Year Without Pants”

A great discussion on the book from Scott, which describes the challenges he faced as a manager in the mostly remote, WordPress.