Tuesday, January 17, 2012

How do you decide where you’ll Spend Your 8?

How do you decide where you’ll work?  Let PPT Help!

In theory EVERYONE gets to decide where they’ll spend their time for their 8+ hours a day. Of course, this theory often breaks down for a lot of reasons. I’ll let you fill in the reasons why in your head and in your comments below. But, assuming we do get to make decisions on where we work, where we spend our time and how we “Spend Our 8” I have a very simple model that I use that I call PPT.

Perhaps PPT can help you decide where you’ll Spend Your 8.
imageNote: I mention 8 here --- this is the allusion that people still work 8 hour days. I don’t know about you, but I typically spend a lot more than 8 hours a day on work tasks. I’m guessing you do too. One key difference is that they may not be a “contiguous 8” like they used to be on the factory floor.

How do you decide where you will Spend Your 8?

imageFor me I use PPT. No, I don’t mean Microsoft PowerPoint. However, I’m sure there have been a lot of decisions made about where people work based on more than a few PPT slides.

No, to me PPT is People, Process and Technology

What do I mean by PPT?

For each point I have added a brief description. Of course, these can be adjusted to match specific roles and companies. However, I think the general points about each are generic enough that they apply to almost every company.

I want to work with people that are passionate, capable and accountable.
Businesses RUN on processes. That’s completely understandable and I’m OK with that. However, I want processes that help drive the business forward and are not just in place because that’s how it’s always been done.
There are two angles to consider here: 1. Bleeding Edge – The companies that are building the newest, coolest and shiniest object can be a lot of fun to work for, but there are risks.

2. Tried & True – There is nothing wrong with old school products and services. In fact, this is where Operational Excellence and Customer Intimacy are even more critical.

There you have it … my simple model of PPT.

What do you think?
  • Does this work for you?
  • Could you use this to make a big decision like where to Spend Your 8?
  • How did you decide where you’d Spend your 8?
Drop me a note in the comments or at one of my contact points below. I really would like to hear what you think --- good or bad.
This is part of a new series of blog posts I am just starting called The Simple Series. Look for more from me and a collection of guest bloggers in the coming days. If you want to be a guest blogger drop a comment here or ping me at my other contact points – Twitter, Facebook , LinkedIn or email.

imageAbout The Author: I have spent the last 20 years working in various aspects of the ECM industry. I am currently with Kodak as a Director of Business Development. In my past I have spent time at Kofax, Microsoft, FileNet, K2, and at Captaris (which was acquired by Open Text). Prior to that I was a Unix VAR running my own company. Follow me on Twitter, check my blog, send email or find me on Facebook or LinkedIn.

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