Masters… PhD… — August 16, 2017

Masters… PhD…

A Masters degree gives you the tools to “use” academic research.

A PhD degree gives you the tools to “create” academic research.

Which is worth the investment, on criteria such as: time, personal motivation, career opportunity, skillset, opportunity cost?

The next factor for consideration is that ideas, once created, require another process (commercialisation, technology transfer) to be actualised into society.

On role definition — August 15, 2017

On role definition

“For each role, you specify what it does, what authority you believe you should have (act, recommend, decide, or a combination thereof), what indicators will help you understand if you are doing a good job, and what improvements you hope to make on those indicators.”

Source: Frederic Laloux, Reinventing Organisations

These are some of the questions to be answered when defining a new role.

Fig Tree Tips — August 14, 2017

Fig Tree Tips

Fig trees thrive in areas of well-drained soil, plenty of sunlight and sheltered from the wind.

Pruning is best done in late winter. Use gloves to protect hands from the tree’s irritant sap.

Netting the fruit – use fruit fly netting – will help guard against birds and will provide some protection against frost, hail and fruit flies.

Source: Canberra Times

Team culture — August 13, 2017

Team culture

If you have a culture that places much value on learning, hard work, improvement, and deferment of present enjoyment for future gain, the going will be much faster.

“The heart of the matter is that workers and employees are seen as reasonable people that can be trusted to do the right thing.

When trust is extended, it breeds responsibility in return.”

Source: Frederic Laloux, Reinventing Organisations

Many catch-ups — August 12, 2017

Many catch-ups

“In a pyramid structure, meetings are needed at every level to gather, package, filter, and transmit information as it flows up and down the chain of command.

The higher you go, the more lines converge.

Decisions are naturally pushed to the top, as it’s the only place where decisions and trade-offs can be informed from the various angles involved.”

Source: Frederic Laloux, Reinventing Organisations

This clearly and accurately describes pyramid structural organisations: many meetings are required – for people at different levels to catch up and make decisions.

Crop yield — August 11, 2017

Crop yield

Agricultural output – also ‘crop yield’ – measures quantity of harvest per unit of cultivated land.

I am going to delve into the literature on “maximising crop yield”, focusing on home gardens (small land, unsophisticated technology).

Here is one tip:

“Avoid planting in square patterns or rows.

Instead, stagger the plants by planting in triangles.

By doing so, you can fit 10 to 14 percent more plants in each bed.”

Self-management — August 10, 2017

Self-management

“[These] Organizations have found the key to operate effectively, even at a large scale, with a system based on peer relationships, without the need for either hierarchy or consensus”.

Source: Reinventing Organisations

A mind-boggling thought…