On new expertise

We live in the age of the perpetual newbie, as rapid change forces us to keep learning, all the time – or to be left behind. This represents an opportunity: as diving into the new, we have a chance to catch the wave, to be in the vanguard, to be – relative to our peers and despite our newness –…

Resource: Podcasting with Zencastr and Descript

Here are two useful looking (review pending) podcasting tools worth checking out: Zencastr for recording phone interviews Zencastr works like a replacement for Skype or Whatsapp (or hangouts or facetime) when you want to get a high quality recording of the conversation. You and your victim install it, make a connection within the app, press record and have your call.…

Tim Ferriss on improving your public speaking

Here are a couple of useful tips from Tim Ferriss on episode #394: 1. Record yourself talking This is true for skill improvement whether it’s sports related, language related – that could be primary or secondary or tertiary language – you need a record that you can analyse. So record yourself talking. That could be over dinner with friends, it…

Clarity. Simplicity. Focus. Action. (Redux)

Do you know what you need to do? Can you tell the difference between what’s important and what might be nice one day, and what’s piffle? Do you focus your attention on a maximum of three important goals at a time? Do you get them done? What are you going to do now?

The Toolkit – Part 1: Foundations (13) – blood and bone

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. If you’ve worked through a process of defining your values, vision, mission, and core activities, you’re just about ready to set some more specific goals and do some actual work. You’ll probably…

The Toolkit – Part 1: Foundations (12) – core activities

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. Once your vision and mission are clear, you can start to think about the more specific set of “hows” that explain your main strategy for achieving your mission. For now, I’m calling…

The Toolkit – Part 1: Foundations (11) – transmission (mission to action)

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. We’ve worked from organisational Values (Foundations 1- 4) to Vision (Foundations 5-6) to Mission (Foundations 7-10). These make up the deep-level foundations for everything that you actually do: Values are the things…

Peter Drucker on free markets

I am for the free market. Even though it doesn’t work too well, nothing else works at all. But I have serious reservations about capitalism as a system because it idolizes economics as the be-all and end-all of life. It is one dimensional. For example, I have often advised managers that a 20-1 salary ratio between senior executives and rank-and-file…

To make change happen…

We usually need several things to come together before we actually make a change. 1. See that the change is possible We learn what’s possible through exposure (seeing a thing happen or be done), experience (doing things ourselves that suggest similar things might be possible) and education (being taught, or self-teaching, about what has and can and could happen). 2.…

Thousand year old wisdom*: on oxen and mangers

Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty,    but from the strength of an ox come abundant harvests. The Bible – Book of Proverbs Oxen are hungry beasts. If you worked a farm and owned a pair, it might be easy to look at the volume of grain and grass they ate and think that you’d be better off without…