Deep Work

The Bike-Shed Effect

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COURSE OVERVIEW

Solving difficult problems is hard work - and often, individuals and teams can fall into the trap of Bike-Shedding - that is to say, focusing on trivial things at the expense of more important things. Learn how to recognize the signs of Bike-Shedding and what to do about it.

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KEY CONCEPTS

  • The case of the nuclear power plant and a bike shed

  • Parkinson’s Law of Triviality

  • Bike-shedding at its finest (worst)

  • How to invoke the Bike-Shed metaphor

  • How to stop Bike-Shedding

  • How to tackle difficult tasks efficiently

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Discuss how Parkinson’s Law of Triviality shows up at your work space

  • Learn and practice tools to identify and prevent bike-shedding

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Developing Problem-Solving Skills

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

This module offers tools to solve problems by looking at patterns and principles that are universal.

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KEY CONCEPTS

  • Stealing an idea is stealing from the team

  • New ideas spring from elevating other’s good ideas

  • Nothing is original

  • Steps to creative success

  • How to improve your creativity

 

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What Happens When You Pay Attention

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Filled with quick & powerful object lessons, this module illustrates the drag effect of context switching and its cost to productivity. What’s more, we explore what happens to the nature and quality of our contributions when we’re fully engaged.

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KEY CONCEPTS

  • The shortening human attention span

  • Lack of focus is expensive

  • The Good News: focus is a muscle

  • Improving your focus

  • Stroop Test

  • What’s dividing our attention?

  • Weapons of Mass Distraction

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The Trouble with Multitasking

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COURSE OVERVIEW

This module sheds light on some rather common mistakes and faulty thinking that lead to multi-tasking.  In this presentation you’ll demonstrate quick and powerful object lessons to illustrate the mental drag of context switching and its cost to productivity.

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KEY CONCEPTS

  • To do two things at once is to do neither (Syrus)

  • It’s easy to confuse being busy with being productive

  • The culprit: faulty thinking

  • Demonstration of fast and slow thinking (object lesson)

  • The cost of context switching

  • What’s really happening

  • Tools for mono-tasking

  • Understand the barriers to switching tasks

    • Recognize multi-tasking feels like productivity

    • Identify, eliminate, & manage distractions

    • Learn to filter priorities

    • Focused time allocation

    • Helpful responses to the unexpected

  • Group discussion on ways to better mono-task

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Understand the cognitive gap associated with context switching

  • Develop plan to identify, eliminate and/or manage distractions

 

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