“How do I take these thoroughbreds and turn them into a team?”

Getting a team together? Start building it before you’re even in the room. Kathy Delaney-Smith is the coach of the Harvard woman’s basketball team… A few years ago she was asked to be the coach of Team USA in the international basketball competition. And what she was going to have was a dozen kids who’d been selected from a hundred…

What goes around

Do your work well. Talk about it with people who might be interested. Ask about their work. Share stuff. Collaborate. Show up. Be a pleasure to work with. Ship on time. Build momentum. Miss out by miles. Learn. Miss out – but only just. Be clear about your terms. Be turned down. Have some small successes. Keep getting better. Sooner…

Too many buckets

You can fill a bucket pretty quickly under a tap. But try and fill a lot of buckets at once – a drip here, a squirt there – and it can take a long time before you have enough to work with in any of your buckets. And you’re probably wasting time, energy and water moving constantly between them.

Anything yet: never a better time

When should you start? The internet feels saturated with apps, platforms, devices, and more than enough content to demand our attention for the next million years. Even if you could manage to squeeze in another tiny innovation, who would notice it among our miraculous abundance? But, but… here is the thing. In terms of the internet, nothing has happened yet!…

Top posts from Seth Godin

This is a list I’ll update from time to time The digital divide is being flipped About inequality at the foundations of education in the 21st century. Non-profit overhead What matters is your impact. Hugely relevant to anyone building an organisation that raises money. Social media is a symptom, not a tactic The Mona Lisa has a huge social media…

GNU-GPL – a base of code

Richard Stallman famously wrote the GNU GPL, which is a license based on copy-left, not copyright. His position is the freedom to work with computers and work with software and work with software is hindered by copyright. That in fact these are useful tools, and there are people who want to make useful tools and remix the useful tools of…

Where’s the scene?

In the first full episode of the Broken Record podcast, Malcolm Gladwell chats to Rick Rubin about the start of his journey to becoming a record producer. I’m piecing together fragments here – iffy chronology: He loved music. Punk and hardcore on the radio. Listening to hip-hop (tapes of Mister Magic’s Rap Attack – ‘the only place that hip-hop was…

Blood and Bone (3): Drucker on decisions

All events but the truly unique require a generic solution. They require a rule, a policy, or a principle. Once the right principle has been developed, all manifestations of the same generic situation can be handled pragmatically—that is, by adaptation of the rule to the concrete circumstances of the case. Truly unique events, however, must be treated individually. The executive…

Blood and Bone (2): policy from decisions

An easy way to start making policy is to take a moment to record decisions you’ve made and why you made them. When you can articulate the reason for key decisions, you make it much easier to make similar decisions in future – or better yet, easier for someone else to make a good decision without needing to come to…

Blood and Bone (1)

When we start working for a cause, we want to get stuff done. Most of us don’t want to know about money, and we don’t really care about policies and organisational structure. We’re interested in impact… but impact usually takes time. If someone doesn’t have a good handle on the finances (where the money comes from, where it’s going), and…