To continue the series on the Work Smarter Summit, here are the great ideas I gleaned from Day 5 & 6 of the virtual conference:
1. How To Get Deep Work Done - Cal Newport
One of the electrifying concepts mentioned in this episode was 'Attention engineering'. A concept used heavily in casinos of Las Vegas, social media too draws on it to keep audience captivated. I was impressed by Cal Newport's technique of first learning to break the addition by increasing periods of boredom. Without the stimuli of smartphones or Internet. His method of taking a detox from social media definitely seems like a good way to transition into the next step of training to focus for longer periods of time.
2. How To Find Your ONE Thing - Geoff Woods
Another inspiring video where this author explains how to choose one of seven categories and just one task to pursue. Prioritization as a hack was a powerful message that I found exciting.
3. How To Work With Other Generations - Kelly & Robby Riggs
With lots of teasing and light hearted banter, this was a conversation more than a talk. I found the idea of asking participants/ teammates of different generation to state their definition of basic decisions to unearth our differences profound. The hack of using the 'Leadership Window' was novel and extremely useful as was giving 'FaceTime' and 'value' to all employees.
4. Leading Virtual Teams - Chris Taylor
An important aspect of working in the age of rapid technological advances, is the skill set to collaborate ad effectively work with distributed teams. In this event, Taylor covers a large ground and shares many tips. Like sharing content beforehand; so that the agenda and context are preset. Another practical trick is to look six months ahead and schedule time for career boosting activities.
5. How To Communicate Digitally & Effectively - Gini Dietrich
After listing the benefits of Digital communication, Dietrich explains how we can employ Daily Check-in concepts (from Scrum) to collaborate better. Being mindful of time zones is common sense, but it is an excellent hack to improve relationships amongst virtual teams. Even water cooler conversations can and should be replicated, as demonstrated by her company and teams to foster work relationships and bonding.
The entire summit was full of ideas and hacks to improve work relationships, connect better, become more efficient and productive.
So, did you watch the Work Smarter Summit? Who was your favorite speaker? What was your most watched segment? Leave me your thoughts and most impressionable take-aways in the Comments Section below.