Possibility: learning to see

This morning one of my sons was trying to put a new water bottle in a bottle holder: “It doesn’t fit.” I laughed at him, because I’d put the same bottle in the same holder a day before. I told…

No Guru

I love gurus. The feeling of hope and promise of new efficiency, productivity and meaning that a good one brings. Insights. Ideas. The catch is how easy it is to end up chasing the feeling and not the ideas.  Or…

It’s not for you

It’s so easy to want everyone to love what we do. When we’re writing, we want everyone to think it’s great. In our work building a service or product, we want everyone to buy in – to join us, or…

Who is it for?

This is a lesson that I’ve been learning slowly, and for a long time. When presenting to a group or leading a training it’s easy to fall into the trap of focusing on your own performance: Am I looking good?…

One cigarette

Which smoke will kill you? According to a load of research, smoking just one cigarette a day does almost half the damage of smoking a whole pack. They expected the health risk of one cigarette to be five percent of…

Air Pollution

Air Pollution

The air is terrible in Jakarta at the moment – two or three times over the WHO recommended maximum. It’s easy to go down a technical rabbit hole here, which I won’t. The question is – how can little us…

100 posts for… us?

I’m a practising writer. These posts are first of all for me, and for no-one else, for the time being. No sharing until I hit 100 at least. Then they’re for the readers and co-workers who will hopefully be blessed…

100 days of showing up

“Ship it.” “Show up.” Today is the start of 100 days of showing up: shipping a blog post every day for 100 days. Not aiming for perfection. Aiming to get the job done every day until November the 8th, whether…

The Maestro

Vision isn’t just for what you want to achieve: it’s for who and how you want to be in the world. This type of vision-of-ourselves’ is often called ‘values’. There’s a lot to say about values – and especially how…

Moving targets

Marshall McLuhan apparently once wrote that “If it works, it’s obselete.” He’s wrong of course. The wheel, concrete and the humble fork are just three examples of thousand-year-old-plus technologies that have stuck around exactly because they do their jobs so…