August 31, 2022
While summer is coming to an end, I hope you’ve had an enjoyable and relaxing few weeks.
As we approach the closing weeks of Q3, it’s a good opportunity to take these final days of summer to reflect and realign before the final push of the financial year. At Mäd, this involves kicking off a series of new, exciting projects, including a full-day, remote design sprint with one of Southeast Asia’s leading law firms and wrapping up the foundational work for yet another project within the financial sector.
In addition to this, we’ve been taking further steps toward publishing our eBook – Work Like Mäd (in case you missed it, we included an excerpt in last month’s newsletter). Our team is busy wrapping up its final pieces, and it will be ready to launch to the public in the very near future.
It’s been an interesting challenge so far, and we’ve had the opportunity to dive deeply into how best to leverage our work by using new platforms and solutions. We can’t wait to share the final product with you.
As many of us take some of the summer months to slow down, unwind, and reflect, I encourage you to read one of our recent insights, 1%.
The 1% approach to improvement urges you to forget overnight success: most accomplished individuals will tell you that their “overnight” success was actually ten years in the making. Most of those years are spent working in obscurity, and everyone only notices the leap forward once all the hard work has mostly been done.
The 1% approach also touches upon the importance of being deliberate. This means reflecting on what is truly important to you (or your organization) and then obsessively focusing on those things.
For some businesses, it’s building a product that champions reliability over everything else. After you set that as a priority, you need to then be certain to slow down and bake that into your culture 1% at a time – even, potentially, at the expense of missing shipping dates to ensure reliability is never compromised.
While it may seem that obsessing over tiny, 1% improvements doesn’t amount to anything significant, thousands of these actions chained together over the course of months and years create a powerful snowball effect.
With any business or project, this is how you can keep the wind in your sails and get from good to great without realizing it.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this month’s issue. As always, please feel free to send us a message if you have any inquiries.
Stay productive – and safe!