Show me the money

Love it or loathe it, you’ve got to know where the money’s going to come from, and where it all goes. Get it right from the start – it’s essential to the health and credibility of your project or organisation. It also works like an extra sense, helping you spot trends, opportunities and issues earlier than you might have otherwise.…

The Big Push vs Regular Time

Two approaches to getting work done: The Big Push The Big Push works well for defined tasks with clear deadlines. Block out some time, gather what you need, and thrash. Get the job done. It works especially for urgent tasks – a sales or funding proposal – and there are plenty of other tasks that it’s worth giving a Big…

Three sentences to focus your work

My product is for people who believe __________. I will focus on people who want __________. I promise that engaging with what I make will help you get _________. Seth Godin on The Tim Ferris Show Episode 343 (1 hr 9 mins, ish)

Feedback (positive)

When I was a kid, my cousin had a tape-recorder just like this one – it had a microphone with a yellow sponge. Putting the microphone in a nearby (empty) pot produced this wonderful echoey noise that grew to a delightful – to my ears – whining whistle. The whine grew slowly at first, but the louder it got, the…

Learning for the future: fundamentals

Your stick Here’s a first try on the importance of fundamentals in learning. Imagine you are holding a long stick – better yet, a sword or lightsaber – representing your ability to make a difference in the world. The far end of the stick is the part that you’ll make the greatest impact with. It moves fastest, reaches furthest, hits…

Learning

Here’s a theory of learning: A person**… meets something new… has some kind of interaction with it… and is changed in some way. I think these are the bare essentials. You can’t have learning with less, and everything else is detail under one of these headings.  **¬†Or animal, or…

Some rules for future success

Know what’s important… …and know what’s for you (and what isn’t)… … and act accordingly – NOW. Be ‘on assignment‘ – make stuff happen, get stuff done. Really – determinedly, doggedly get stuff done. Done is better than perfect. Find the right people. Say the words. Collaborate. Coordinate. Lead. All the time, be learning. In particular, identify and work on…

A downhill slope (find others)

If you’re in a book group, social pressure is going to get you to read that book. The act of joining the book group is the hard part. Once you’re in the book group, the books are going to get read, because now you’re playing a game. It’s a game you’re enrolled in, it’s one you want to move forward.…

Stan Lee (1922-2018) – What If?

Stan Lee was brilliant and prolific. We know him for Spiderman, the X-men, the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, Black Panther… for being the driving force behind Marvel Comics, now a multi-billion dollar, multi-media juggernaut. It’s less well known that he started in the comics industry in 1939, aged seventeen, as a general dogsbody, lunch-fetcher and inkwell filler at Timely Comics…

Progressive. Conservative.

We all have change that we’d like to see in the world. There are things we’d like to abolish. There are things we’d like to see start or grow, and take their rightful place in our culture. We’re all progressive – maybe even radicals. And we’re all conservatives too. There are things we want to protect, changes we want to…