Reserving judgement / planting seeds

In your lifetime you’ll read some brilliant books and hear some amazing talks, have some life-changing conversations. Some. You’ll read and hear more decent, solid books and talks, and have (I hope) a lot of good conversations. And far more often you’ll come across books, talks, films, music, people which seem to have nothing to say to you. Let’s face…

Affection (1): it comes and goes

Another head aches, another heart breaksI’m so much older than I can takeAnd my affection, well, it comes and goesI need direction to perfection, no, no, no, no Help me outYeah, you know you got to help me outYeah, oh, don’t you put me on the back burner The Killers – All These Things That I’ve Done Affection is great.…

Steven Pressfield on playing hurt

The concept in all these [“healing”] environments seems to be that one needs to complete his healing before he is ready to do his work. This way of thinking… is a form of Resistance. What are we trying to heal, anyway? The athlete knows the day will never come when he wakes up pain-free. He has to play hurt. ……

The edge of control

… works if you’re a rally driver – some of the time. Spend much time there and you will crash, which is fine if you’re driving for sport and crashing is part of the game. But if you’re going a long way and taking people with you, you’ll need to drive within your limits. It’s obvious. So how are you…

Strategy (6): Strategy and intentions

This is the sixth post in a series – start here. Definition of Strategy (as a skill or activity): Strategy is the practice of making, implementing and reviewing big-picture plans (strategies) with the intention of increasing the chances or speed at which you’ll achieve your major goals. Good intentions Strategic plans are usually based on what things are like now,…

Strategy (5): Strategy is about plans (part 3)

This is the third part of the fifth post in a series – start here. Definition of Strategy (as a skill or activity): Strategy is the practice of making, implementing and reviewing big-picture plans (strategies) with the intention of increasing the chances or speed at which you’ll achieve your major goals. The second creation Planning may seem humdrum but it’s…

Strategy (5): Strategy is about plans (part 2)

This is the second part of the fifth post in a series* – start here. Definition of Strategy (as a skill or activity): Strategy is the practice of making, implementing and reviewing big-picture plans (strategies) with the intention of increasing the chances or speed at which you’ll achieve your major goals. Strategic plans provide structure Planning is also about structuring…

Seeking (better)

Seeking better … seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Jesus of Nazareth – in Matthew’s Gospel There are times that we know what “better” is. We’ve been there before, or seen it from afar, or can at least imagine it. So we seek it: we head in its…

Seth Godin on the gift of fundraising

Let’s say you were head of fundraising for a cause you really care about. Whether it’s buildings on campus, or the ACLU, or anything in-between. Clearly, free is not an option, because then it’s not a donation anymore. Why would someone give $100,000 to have a building named after them? Is it rude to ask a billionaire to spend $100,000…

Worn out tools

[Javert] had lost his bearings. The law was no more than a broken stick in his hand. Victor Hugo – Les Miserables If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools: Rudyard…