The level of your systems

You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems. James Clear – Atomic Habits If you want things to be easier tomorrow, it really helps to have strong systems in place.…

John Gardner on regeneration

Values always decay over time. Societies that keep their values alive do not do so not by escaping the process of decay but by powerful processes of regeneration. There must be perpetual rebuilding. Each generation must rediscover the living elements…

Peter Drucker on Freedom

Freedom … is not the same as individual happiness, nor is it security or peace and progress. It is not the state in which the arts and sciences flourish. It is not good, clean government or the greatest welfare of…

Ordinary people. Good work.

Good to Great is all well and good, but what about Pretty Good to Very Good? I’ve been mulling over the DC podcast and this is what I’m going to focus on: ordinary people doing good (and important) work. Not…

Caterina Fake: 5 Cs

If you look at all of the companies that I’ve been involved with and the investments that I’ve made, they are companies that emphasise creativity, communication, connection, collaboration and community. Caterina Fake – Tim Ferris Show #360 Caterina Fake co-founded…

In the way of it

For my youngest son, putting on his shoes is a BIG JOB. Catch him in the right mood, and he’ll get it done. But if there’s the slightest distraction in his path or in his mind, if he’s upset about…

Contact

Next time you read an article, listen to a podcast, watch a program that you like – why don’t you get in touch with whoever made it? Not just the person who was in it – the ones we normally notice…

Raising the tone

Lowering the tone is easy, often funny, and sometimes desirable: lofty conversations gain traction (or evaporate) when touched to earth. Laughter liberates. It’s much harder to raise the tone, and harder still to do it with humour and grace… but…

Bits for atoms

We’re repainting our house – this is one of the colours about to be mixed at our local hardware shop. A small snippet of the colour catalogue looks like this: Say you needed to have five tins of each colour…

Conflicting values

If you keep butting up against the same problem with a colleague – a problem you think you’ve fixed, but that comes up repeatedly in slightly different variations – it could be a sign of conflicting values. Values conflicts often…