On learning (For Karthick)

Karthick left some kind feedback and a question but no contact information (I’ve now added a section for that to the form) – this is a reply. Karthick asks: I’d love to know your methods of learning. How do you learn more? What mediums do you learn on (and any more tips on reading too!) Thank you for your time.…

A world class sentence

Could you write a world-class sentence – one that wouldn’t look out of place in a classic or a bestseller? Here are a three for free: “She turned.” “He scratched his head.” “The sun went down.” World class sentences. Very simple. Easy to write. Write some more.

Cohort (2): Seth Godin on peers and practice

Cultural standards and normalisation have enormous power over whether we choose a practice and how we find the guts to commit to our work. Bob Dylan moved from Minnesota to Greenwich Village for a reason. Most of the famous painters of the renaissance came to Florence for a reason as well. When you’re surrounded by respected peers it’s more likely…

In search of clarity

The aim is that every member of the team knows: What you’re working towards and why What each person’s role is (in general terms) What their specific job is and why it’s important How to actually do their job (technical skill) Where they can get help What qualities they’re expected to bring to their work (kindness, enthusiasm, creativity, generosity, rigour,…

Why are we doing this?

It’s essential to keep an eye on this question… Because the day-to-day will be a grind sometimes. Because there will be times when you need it as a lens to evaluate your attitude… … and the things you’re spending your time doing… and the attitudes and commitment of others. Because there will be times when the tasks are thankless (the…

Making the call

In touch is better than out of touch. If you’re wondering if you should get in touch, you probably should. “How are you doing?” “What are you thinking about?” “Here’s what I’m thinking about.” “Do we understand each other?” If not – “Are our stories accurate?” Whether we do or not – “How can we fix it?” “Do we trust…

15k

This ‘metaCroc’ post is part of a series recording the growth (or shrinkage) of DriverlessCrocodile in the spirit of experiment and transparency. DC hit 15,000 all time views yesterday, 8th January 2021. The last 5k went like this: 10k views reached on 23rd September 202011k on October 14th 2020 (21 days, average 47.6 views/day)12k on November 8th 2020 (25 days,…

The parent of prosperity

Innovation is the child of freedom and the parent of prosperity. Matt Ridley – How Innovation Works I finished this in audiobook form today. Highly recommended as an overview of the impact of innovation and the messy process by which it happens. More from Matt Ridley: On Invention vs Innovation On innovation as gradual (feat. the Wright Brothers) On innovation…

Ben Horowitz on building companies: “the horror”

I love Ben Horowitz’s frankness about the struggle and mess of building organisations. Be encouraged. … there’s was a lot of focus on business models and market sizing and segmentation and these things, but when you’re in the company and when you’re building it, you know it really is about a whole other set of things. It’s about the struggle,…

Charles Darwin on teamwork and cooperation

When two tribes of primeval man, living in the same country, came into competition, if (other circumstances being equal) the one tribe included a great number of courageous, sympathetic and faithful members, who were always ready to warn each other of danger, to aid and defend each other, this tribe would succeed better and conquer the other. Let it be…