Kicking cans: job descriptions versus culture

A few days ago I watched a schoolboy kicking a can down the road. He kicked it a couple of times and then miskicked, sending the can flying into the road, where it landed at the feet of an off-duty…

Seasons

Seasons are a great tool for starting and ending well. They allow low-stakes launches and clean breaks. They make intensity easier by allowing fallow time and regeneration. Seasons make it clear where you’re going, and for how long: “Season one…

DriverlessCrocodile ping-pong: five questions, ten minutes (v0.1)

Here’s a set of quickfire questions you might enjoy answering: Introduce yourself: who are you, what do you do, and why is it important? What’s your most valuable skill? Describe a tool, technique or practice that makes a difference to…

The Daily

If you haven’t, go and read Seth Godin’s posts here and here. It sounds hard, but daily turns out to be easier than weekly or fortnightly. If you do it daily, you don’t miss. Daily writing. Daily exercise. Daily prayer…

Kevin Kelly – what is technology?

Not just shiny new stuff It was clear (at least to me) that technology was an extension of natural life, but in what ways was it different from nature? (Computers and DNA share something essential, but a Mac-Book is not…

W. Brian Arthur on combinatorial innovation

The idea … that we have is that there’s some genius in an attic… cooking up technology and coming up with inventions. But it started to become clear to me having looked in detail at some inventions is that technologies…

Podcasting Howto: workflow for recording and improving sound quality for a podcast using Audacity

This howto is entirely based on David Taylor‘s excellent Introduction to Audacity youtube lesson. With apologies for the boring soundcheck used in the examples. Preamble Install Audacity and the LAME (.mp3) and and FFmpeg libraries following the instructions from the…

Podcast recommendation: Marc Andreesen on The Moment with Brian Koppelman

I’ve already shared an extract from this episode about systems thinking here, but the whole interview is fascinating and everyone I’ve recommended it to has thanked me for it. Marc Andressen more-or-less invented the web-browser as we know it and…

Building blocks and open source organisations

No doubt your organisation has lots of moving parts, many of which are specific to what you do. But it’s probably also made up of generic components – accounts and inventory management, conditions of employment and contracts, safeguarding policy and…