On inequality, giving feedback, and wondering who’s there


Happy 5W-1h Sunday.

Here’s your dose of What? Who? Where? When? Why? How?, a curation of articles, podcasts and videos that piqued my curiosity this week.


WHO can I share my work with?

When you receive a deliverable in a broadcast email, thrown over the organisational wall, someone is avoiding. It’s delivered, but it’s not sincere. On the other hand, when a business analyst shows up and exercises emotional labour to take the lead—”Here, I created this”—then the silo is broken down for collaboration and contribution.

Who’s there? | Joe Newbert (Text at Newbert’s Blog)

WHAT should I say to my difficult colleague?

When it comes to our jobs,  we are not always able to choose whom we work with.  What we do have control over is how we engage with others. Approach them with understanding rather than frustration and you will come out the other side a better teammate and leader.

Four Effective Strategies For Dealing With Difficult Co-workers | Susan Nudelman (Text at I Done This)

WHY do I need to produce documentation?

I’ve nothing against documentation itself, I simply lament the time and money that could be better spent elsewhere, I regret the missed opportunities for real communication and belief that something has been communicated; and I fear the limitations that documentation brings once in place.

Documentation, another case of rapidly diminishing returns | Allan Kelly (Text at Allan Kelly Associates)

WHERE can our organisation be more equitable?

A recently published report by Oxfam evidences just how strongly the pandemic has worsened inequality. Value extraction is at the core of today’s business world. Generating profit, however, is not the problem. The problem is that the profit that’s being made is used to please just one group of people: shareholders.

Today’s Capitalism Sucks. Here’s More Evidence. | Pim de Morree (Text at Corporate Rebels)

WHEN should I tell the sponsor that the project is off track?

Imagine a scenario where you are an executive and have assigned me to manage a project on your behalf.  At some point in the future if I come to doubt the project will meet your goals, when do you want me to tell you?  Go ahead and think about it for a minute… I’ll wait.

If Things Aren’t Going Well, When Do You Want to Know? | Payson Hall (Text at Techwell)

HOW can I get more done every week?

What could you do if you had 2.5 more hours per week of work time every week, without taking a minute from your family? We don’t manage time. We manage priorities. And the way professionals manage their priorities is to allocate time to them based on their importance. Here’s how to get more time to focus on YOUR priorities.

The 95% Solution – Part 1 | Kate Horstman (Audio at Manager Tools)

And, as always, please give feedback on Twitter. Whose piece above stood out for you? What would you like more or less of? Other ideas? Please let me know. Just send a tweet to @joenewbert and put #5W1H at the end so I can find it.

Keep growing.


P.S. How do you make your work a shared experience?