No mistakes. No regrets. (1)

Really? As in, what kind of godlike, super-mega-ultra-lightning babe do you think you are? Of course you will make mistakes, and regret making some of them. New mistakes … are utterly essential to progress. Of course it’s foolish to seek to make mistakes – but we must consistently seek situations and opportunities in which we’ll make them. It’s not enough…

Resource: Tristan Harris on the attention economy

This is a good interview on the Tim Ferriss show, covering the Attention Economy and extractive economics more generally. Recommend. The fundamental place that went wrong was when we attached financial success directly to the capturing of human behaviour, the controlling and shaping of human behaviour. Because that’s where the persuasive technology stuff comes in. Because those principles became applied…

Better with age

If you’re building skills, assets and relationships, making a generous contribution, doing work that matters for people who care… You should expect to get better with age. The longer you’ve been working the larger, more influential and more connected your body of work becomes. The faster the world changes, the more valuable your longer term perspective. The faster people come…

The Toolkit – Part 1: Foundations (2)

This post is part of the working draft of the DriverlessCrocodile Toolkit (read more here). I’d love comments, links to resources related to the theme, and original contributions. Values The best exercise I know for thinking about you values comes from Stephen Covey. If you haven’t done this before, it’s worth taking his advice and taking a few minutes over…

Personal recommendations

… are a great way to find contractors and colleagues. If someone you trust can recommend someone, you have a chance to save yourself a bundle of time and probably money. Big But But there’s a but. Look for a ringing endorsement. If the person recommending is vague or cagey when you press, or if we’re talking about the friend…

The Toolkit – Part 1: Foundations (1)

This post is part of the working draft of the DriverlessCrocodile Toolkit (read more here). I’d love comments, links to resources related to the theme, and original contributions. Barking up the right tree Most of this toolkit is concerned with tools – including knowledge and ways of thinking – that will be useful as you work for change. But we…

The DriverlessBookodile roadmap

One my my 2019 resolutions was to completely re-order DriverlessCrocodile and make it easier to find stuff by theme. I’d also like to collect the best insights and resources together in a series of five-minute pages that just might work together as chapters in a very short (but very helpful) ebook* and companion limited podcast series. This is proving very…

Conference: small stages

Good conferences create a range of stages for members of the cohort to try things out on. Workshops, seminars and meetings happening alongside the keynote and plenary sessions create value for presenters (a chance to meet interested people and try out material) and for the cohort (a testbed for discovering new ideas, finding new contributors and new speakers and leaders).…

Conference

What does a conference do? Conferences are a way of aggregating – of bringing together – several different valuable things. Conferences aggregate people… A conference brings together a group of people who are focused on a shared interest. If the people at your conference are similar to each other but not interested in similar things, you’re wasting your time. The…

Attention hours

We often focus on the attention economy as it relates to life online, but it’s a helpful lens for thinking about the rest of our lives too. Attention hours are a useful thing to count when thinking about how valuable an activity is, and how much time you might be wasting if you do it badly. Ten hours of your…