Dealing with Challenges in 2015

Challenges are unavoidable. Sometimes we feel that challenges are an annoyance, however we also know that nothing worthwhile comes easy. Often a challenge will stretch our abilities to achieve goals. Taking yourself out of your comfort zone, is often a challenge, but in order to expose yourself to opportunity you have to go beyond your normal routine.

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Whats your challenge?

Only by taking some risks, personal or professional, can we exceed our expectations. Setting our goals and achieving them comes with meeting and reaching past those challenges.

What are some challenges that are overlooked? Are you faced with “unseen” challenges? Are you often investing your time in activities or people that steal your time or divert you from your goals? One challenge is to recognize those challenges and also how to get past them. They can come disguised as television, cell phones or any number of small diversions. Keeping focused to obtain those goals are a challenge. Often when faced with a challenge there are many opportunities to pass it off as an annoyance and miss the benefit of going “outside the box”. Do you have challenges such as: health goals, financial goals, personal family goals? How are you reaching them, and if not, what is your plan to overcome those challenges? Keep persevering and meet the challenge!

 

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The Man-Month Myth; Does Manpower Equal Expedited Productivity?

The book The Mythical Man-Month by Frederick Brooks is an insight into the relationship between time, energy and productivity.

When examining the prospect of adding more hands into a project, it is more complex consideration then the concept of: more people equal more work.

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More hands on deck does not always equal more output. The complex balance of skill, timing, physical output on the tangible side have a balance. However, the creative thought processes are not measurable by hours or people. You can’t order “2 hours of creativity” from Amazon with free shipping. Creativity is a process that is motivated by external input and personal interpretation.

The process of determining the time frame or expense of a project is as multi-faceted as the project itself or the people involved in it.

When watching the Olympics and you witness a “gifted” athlete who displays talents that make their performance appear effortless – the hours, people, expense, sacrifice and time invested in that outcome do not equal the moment in the sun (for us) any more than the great works of DiVinci are reflected in each creation.

When you are planning a project, take some of the points in the works of Mr. Brooks into consideration. Your expectations will have a better foundation and more realistic opportunity for success.