by Dennis

A Smart Idea

When Canada played the Soviet Union in the ‘72 Summit Series, the Canadian players watched the Russians practice. The Russian coach, Viktor Tikhonov, was holding a stopwatch and he was limiting his lines to 30-second shifts.

Nobody had seen this before. Everyone else in the world was playing shifts that lasted several minutes. But the Russians had completely innovated; they reworked the system to make sure that every time they were on the ice, they were fresh and pushing.

After the tournament, everyone switched to 30-second shifts, and it has been that way since.

Sometimes it takes a fresh pair of eyes, from outside the organization, to help you see an opportunity.

I heard this the other day, and then I had a good idea I thought I’d share with you. I’m going to hire a geek, someone who understands Gmail and Prezi and Twitter and Facebook and LinkedIn, and I’m going to pay her for an hour to stand on the bench and watch me work.

Then I’m going to ask for five ways I can use them more effectively and maybe even save an hour a day.

Whatever it costs me, it will pay for itself within a week, comrade.