“So the devil sings higher – ‘Oh just look at what you’re doing!’
Yeah, he’s joined by a choir of doctors and statesmen
who plan their sorry lives till their last days’ end.
But look at all the happy things that happen by accident!”
Polly Paulusma, from ‘She moves in secret ways’.
I have written about serendipity and the work of Sebastian Olma before, but here, guest blogger Graham Allcott of Think Productive offers his advice on ‘happy accidents’.
When we think about accidents, our risk-averse brains take us straight to thinking about “consequences” and the mess we’ll have to clear up. When we think about serendipity or happy coincidences, we think only that these things must be magical or that we struck lucky for a day.
But what if you could make your own luck? And what if accidents weren’t bad, but were opportunities to be relished, celebrated and capitalised on? Continue reading In Praise of Happy Accidents
Project management. It’s enough to strike fear into many a creative professional. It conjures up images of gantt charts or spread sheets, long meetings and complicated software.
And yet the uber-detailed project planning we may aspire to may not even be the best way after all: too much planning can actually be a bad thing!
It is more important to be ultra-agile than to be over prepared. For day-to-day projects, we should think in terms of 20% planning and 80% regular management, re-alignment and steering.