Trajectory

“If I carry on like this, where will I end up?” “What will the world be like in a decade if this keeps happening?” “Things developed like this in lots of other places – are there any signs of the same developments happening here?” “Will this way of doing things work for our team of four? Would it work if…

Godin’s triangle for change

Three things that you’ll need building your organisation and making a difference in the world: 1) The big picture Do you understand the strategy? Do you understand the layout of the world? Do you understand how the game theory works, how psychology works, how interactions work? Do you understand the economy, technology, the revolution that we’re living in? Medicine Ball…

365

We made it! Today marks 365 days of posting daily.* This post is to mark the day and kick off a week** of celebration… and to say thanks for everyone who’s read, encouraged and contributed along the way – you know who you are. And you know, or course, that encouragement and contribution go a long way to making things…

Right place

The right group will work well anywhere, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t work better in the right kind of place. If the place is comfortable. If logistics are as simple and easy as possible. If the facilities work. If the food is good. If the spaces work. If it feels nice. … then you’ve given yourself a head…

A sense of urgency

No doubt about it: a sense of urgency helps us make get things happen and get stuff done. The problems come when we’re urgent about the wrong things: We’re urgent as we approach big deadlines, but not about early thinking, or doing each of the little pieces that together make up the job; We’re urgent about handling the problems in…

New axes (play your own game)

As in “axis”, plural – sorry if you’re disappointed. We can’t win at everything. The good news is that you’re in charge of what you’re competing on. Kids find this hard to learn, but it’s true: if you’re not racing, you can’t be beaten. We do well when we remember this when we’re tempted to compare our cars and homes,…

When there’s no competition left

96-year-old Roy Englert runs 42-minute 5K to shatter age-group world record. Englert, 96, runs 5000m in 42:30.23 to set age-group record. Virginia native already held the records in 800m and 1500m. … Englert, a retired attorney, credits his late-career success to not to any natural gift but dogged persistence. “I don’t consider myself that much of an inspiration. I’m a…

BYOG

Be Your Own Guru The next time you want to ask someone a question, first ask yourself these two questions: Why is this important to me? What am I going to do with the answer? If you don’t have satisfying answers to those to questions, don’t ask. If you do have satisfying answers, a third question is: Why aren’t I…

Bottleneck: little jobs and emotional friction

Thanks to JG. A particularly troublesome breed of little job are things left undone that hold up the work of other people – a decision that needs your input (or for you to decide), a design that needs your approval, feedback to your team from a key meeting, or a training you need to hold before your team starts a…