Thursday Thought Leadership Roundup: Productivity Limitations, Culture Myths, and Managing Your Boss

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Arwen Heredia

August 14, 2014

Swaying a bit from general commentary on the concept of thought leadership, this week’s roundup is all about application: how limitations can actually increase productivity, company culture myths to avoid, and how to manage your boss.

7 Ways Limitations Can Boost Your Content Creation Productivity

From the Content Marketing Institute:

“The key to boosting your content marketing productivity involves leveraging the Paradox of Limits. Although “more” is usually viewed as an advantage, there are times when “less” is better, achieved by reframing or rescheduling a project or reducing your options.

Just like the supermarket shoppers who, when faced with too many choices end up not buying anything, giving your content marketing team too much freedom can torpedo even the best content marketing ideas and intentions. This is why it’s essential to set limitations on your conte­nt creation, to keep you focused on your top priorities — and keep you from getting burned out.”

Our take: Though people — especially creative types — tend to balk at restriction, setting boundaries and structure is absolutely essential for managing and executing projects in an organized, timely way. This certainly isn’t in support of micromanagement, or even planning to say no to ideas that push limits; more so, it’s a matter of building a flexible but strong infrastructure in order to keep things running smoothly and efficiently.

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11 Stubborn Myths About Company Culture

From Inc.:

“Culture is a manifestation of your company’s values, and it impacts everything from talent recruiting to innovation. Unfortunately, some founders and CEOs, especially at early-stage startups, confuse culture with perks or, worse, believe that defining a company’s culture is a task best left up to someone else. Eleven founders from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) call out the most persistent culture myths — and what you can do to overcome them.”

Our take: Perhaps the most dangerous thing about thought leadership and entrepreneurship is that, because the challenge of being truly unique and knowledgeable about something is so difficult, it’s easy to take what’s already been done and customize it for originality’s sake. But when what you’re swallowing as gospel is completely false, you end up not only perpetuating bad habits, but basing your entire approach on what is, at best, shaky and uncommon.

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12 Easy Ways To Manage Your Boss

From Forbes:

“It would be wonderful if success rested purely upon your ability to do your job, but that’s less than half the picture. Raises, promotions, and other perks often depend directly on whether you can manage your manager rather than whether your manager is good at managing you.

Fortunately, keep your boss happy and helpful isn’t all that difficult, if you follow these simple rules.”

Our take:To be clear, nothing about ‘managing your boss’ is in support of insubordination. Rather, it’s about helping the people who lead you do the best they can to give you what you need, so you can do your best. With that in mind, it’s extremely beneficial to think of your working relationship with your manager as a collaborative one in which both parties are not only stakeholders in projects and outcomes, but in engagement as well.

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