“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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…