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How to Write a Book Using the 100 Words a Day Challenge(!)

For those of you that are regulars to this website, you will know that I have recently published my next book - What Does Good Look Like?

The purpose of this post is to explain how I wrote the book when I was already up to my eyeballs with consulting projects, a busy home life and some voluntary work thrown into the mix. Clients and friends have asked me in the last few weeks "How do you have time to write another book?"

The short answer is that I am the same as pretty much everyone - I don't have time to write a book!

That's where our good old friend Kaizen comes in. I didn't write a book; I created my own 100 words a day challenge.

Writing a book - I don't have time for that!

Writing 100 words a day - how could I fail?

If you haven't come across the Kaizen method before it is a brilliant approach to break big challenges down into tiny bite size chunks. The real power of Kaizen is to avoid triggering the 'fight or flight' response and particularly …

First Official Review of 'What Does Good Look Like?'

My new book What Does Good Look Like? has now received its first official review:

innovate risk wrote on the 20th of October:

"Quite simply I have bought 3 more copies of this book to provide to members of my team.

For too long, the focus of consultants and advisors has been on "define the problem" and then resolve, but to me that was always missing the real point. The real point is to define "what good looks like", or "what awesome looks like" as per Giles.

This book hits this exact point between the eyes and I thoroughly recommend reading this quick and easy book. The techniques provided are simple but most importantly easy to understand and undertake.

We need to move away from defining the problem, to defining what "good looks like" for our customers and our people."

(This quote was taken from https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07J3988KW#customerReviews)

To get your copy of the book click here.

Giles

About the author Giles Johnston is a Chartered …

Have You Defined Your Performance Principles?

When we experience the day to day frustrations of our team not working in the way that we want them to we have a few options:

We can shout at them and tell them that their work isn't good enough.We can try and figure out why their work isn't good enough and try to help them improve.We can articulate what good looks like and help share with them some principles we want them to work to. The last point, sharing with them the principles of how you want your team to run, can be invaluable not just for your under-performing team members but for the wider business.
Let me give you an example.
I worked with a business that was struggling to keep up with their client projects. We looked at a number of their failings and came up with handful of 'performance principles' that included: We don't do surprises - if something bad happens tell your team mates immediately and work on a plan together.Walk don't run - if the pressure gets too much don't do the 'headless chi…

New Book - Free Today on Kindle - What Does Good Look Like?

My new book What Does Good Look Like? has just been released and is available for free this weekend on the Amazon Kindleplatform (note - you don't need a Kindle device to read the book). The promotion runs from 12:00AM PDT on the 12th October, for three days.



This book is a must for any organisation that has defined a big picture vision for their business but fails to see that vision translate into practical, meaningful, day-to-day activities.

Many businesses fail to ask the question 'what does good look like?' for a wide range of processes, standards and behaviours and get frustrated that the follow up actions don't get the results that they wanted.

This book is split up into two main sections:

Part One - provides four methods to help define what good looks like for your business, even if you are not entirely sure yourself.

Part Two - offers methods and ideas to help you deliver a practical improvement plan that develop the right kind of habits to allow your business…

Continuous Improvement - spotting the generic issues when everything seems different (every time)

Do your continuous improvement ideas get shot down because people say:

"It's different every time!"
I find that this is a common response across many different businesses that deliver projects and /or don't have their own line of products. In this situation I feel that the above response is largely down to the fact that people get embroiled in the nitty-gritty of their work that they can't see the process sitting in the background.

The truth is that if you look past the detail of the task in hand, should it be prone to variations, you will see generic activities behind it. These generic activities are the ones that you can focus on to improve the results of every 'variation' that then goes through your process.

Just because every project, product or service running through your business is different to the last one doesn't mean that there aren't opportunities for improvement sitting there. There will be similarities between projects and different s…