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(Fast Company)   Smart companies learn to find LEGO solutions: finding a simple yet elegant solution to a complex problem . . . which you step on at 3 am   (fastcompany.com) divider line 19
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2013-10-29 12:31:10 PM
I have young children, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.

Well...I will, once some replies show up. In the meantime, I'm getting a kick out of the headline.
 
2013-10-29 12:33:47 PM
That's it.

I'm officially done with every "work smarter not harder" innovation/trick/hack that businesses talk about.
 
2013-10-29 12:47:23 PM

Dafatone: That's it.

I'm officially done with every "work smarter not harder" innovation/trick/hack that businesses talk about.


The only "work smarter not harder" I've ever run across that was actually worth something was when I was working as a mover. If you walk down the front steps and then up the walkboard into the truck 200 times and there's 4 guys on the crew, you waste a lot of energy...especially if you're carrying a load. Movers are always carrying loads. Much better to back the truck up to the steps and lay the walkboard level between the step and the truck to conserve time and energy. And so forth.

In office environments? Yeah, "work smarter not harder" is typically bullshiat.
 
2013-10-29 01:06:00 PM
Apparently someone had a "compress the shiat out of this video" moment.  Actually, why the fark was it a video, there was only 5 seconds of actual vid and even that was pointless.

The whole thing brings to mind the adage "clever people figure out how to get out of situations that smart people don't get into in the first place"
 
2013-10-29 01:38:13 PM
Several years ago I got a call from an old roommate who still is Dean of Engineering at a major university. He related a story of his weekend where a government grant for $250k got lost in the system, he got notified of it four days before the report due date. Grad students were gathered, $1k worth of Lego were bought (lots more than what can be bought today) at a TRS, and "group dynamics" doing a bridge project were "studied" by a couple of ops research grad students who were to write the final paper after the "we gotta do something fast and delay the result". Not only was the report accepted after the delay but a bonus was paid. My roommate held this up as an example of how government funding is broken.
 
2013-10-29 02:02:34 PM

Fuggin Bizzy: In office environments? Yeah, "work smarter not harder" is typically bullshiat.


Not where I work.  Hell, it's the only way we can scale.  The expectation is that you find ways to do the same things faster over time.  If you don't you'll drown.  Of course, it helps that the company treats us like assets and professionals, which is a rare treat.

My prior stop also emphasized "work smarter not harder" but the expectation is that you work overtime whether or not you meet your targets.  Done with work at 3PM?  Wow, that's cool; you're staying 'til 7PM anyway, because we need to stay competitive something something.  They'd also shake things up every year so there was zero incentive to get better at anything.
 
2013-10-29 02:10:41 PM

Fuggin Bizzy: I have young children, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.

Well...I will, once some replies show up. In the meantime, I'm getting a kick out of the headline.


My wife eventually banned Legos for my stepsons and has never bought any for my daughter because of this.
 
2013-10-29 02:13:17 PM
That was awesome... Lego might be able to sdjust their target demographic a bit and get even more sales. It would be interesting to see what other people could come up with. Maintenance on this thing would be a breeze and dirt cheap.
 
2013-10-29 02:41:42 PM
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2013-10-29 03:05:29 PM
LEGOs were 3D printing before 3D printing was cool.
 
2013-10-29 03:15:34 PM
Hard to teach. Companies do not value "inspiration" employees because it is so hard to value their contribution.

Easy to value,"Let's Automate Faxes Between Midinight and 3am for lowest rates"
Hard to value, "If we nudge the product here this year, here in 2 years, and here in 4 years we can save/earn a lot more money."

Vision and Steering are becoming a lost art as companies just value their stocks for the next quarter.
 
2013-10-29 03:42:29 PM
I just gifted all my Legos to my best friend's kid, with the stipulation that I be referred to as "Crazy Uncle".  I though I might feel a pang of regret or nostalgia, but whatever small amount there might have been was immediately replaced with being excited about Legos again, because little dude was excited again.  Then we all played with Legos for hours together, and much merriment was had by all.

/csb

Oh, and foot complaints?  Buy your kid a queen-sized sheet.  Legos stay on the sheet.  Gather and dump back into bin when done.

BHShaman: Hard to teach. Companies do not value "inspiration" employees because it is so hard to value their contribution.


Oh sure they do.  They just usually reward the VP or manager who "oversaw" that inspiration and not you.  Because obviously if they reward managers that inspire inspiration, they'll get more bang for their buck than simply rewarding the inspiration.
 
2013-10-29 03:48:11 PM
The managers get the bonuses for the office drones' sweat.
Don't kid yourself that it's not like that.
 
2013-10-29 04:22:40 PM

Clever Neologism: Legos stay on the sheet.


Aren't you cute as a button.
 
2013-10-29 04:58:22 PM
My 3 year old is excited as crap that today is my birthday because mama let him buy me a lego set. He can't wait me to open "my" gift so we can play with it.

He's already told me three times today what it is and asked if we can open it.
 
2013-10-29 05:09:21 PM

marcre3363: My 3 year old is excited as crap that today is my birthday because mama let him buy me a lego set. He can't wait me to open "my" gift so we can play with it.

He's already told me three times today what it is and asked if we can open it.


Enjoy these time while you can, I'm a father of 5 and what they say about them growing up fast is 100% true.
 
2013-10-29 09:16:26 PM
Clever Neologism: I just gifted all my Legos to my best friend's kid, with the stipulation that I be referred to as "Crazy Uncle".  I though I might feel a pang of regret or nostalgia, but whatever small amount there might have been was immediately replaced with being excited about Legos again, because little dude was excited again.  Then we all played with Legos for hours together, and much merriment was had by all.

/csb

Oh, and foot complaints?  Buy your kid a queen-sized sheet.  Legos stay on the sheet.  Gather and dump back into bin when done.

Oh my god thank you for this obvious suggestion!  Duh!

But Lego's don't compare to one of these in the middle of the night.  Yeah, he "moved it" when I didn't see.  It's a good toy for a toddler.  Lots of moving parts, action reaction learning etc.  But farkin hell that hurt.

And good god it's going for $50 on Etsy?  Hipsters I tell ya!

img.fark.net
 
2013-10-29 10:49:00 PM
Interestingly enough, the singular occasion in which I will open mock and laugh at my children when they cry out in pain is when they happen to be the one stepping on a lego. All other times I am a loving, caring parent that instantly jumps to comfort them in their moment of pain....but Legos? All bets are off.
 
2013-10-30 09:10:22 AM

exvaxman: Several years ago I got a call from an old roommate who still is Dean of Engineering at a major university. He related a story of his weekend where a government grant for $250k got lost in the system, he got notified of it four days before the report due date. Grad students were gathered, $1k worth of Lego were bought (lots more than what can be bought today) at a TRS, and "group dynamics" doing a bridge project were "studied" by a couple of ops research grad students who were to write the final paper after the "we gotta do something fast and delay the result". Not only was the report accepted after the delay but a bonus was paid. My roommate held this up as an example of how government funding is broken.


I'd laugh, but a work for a tiny government contractor. It's taken a battle to just get paid for the work they've had us do. For 2012. They finally funded us, but just enough to get us up to this week. So for the foreseeable future I will still be logging hours on "CLIN to be named later."

(Going back and updating time sheets when they finally give us a CLIN is fun for the whole office...)
 
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