A frog a day…

Killing “big frogs” (sorry Kermit) has become a shorthand among a group of friends of mine for getting important done. I trace it back to reading Brian Tracy’s Eat That Frog! a few years ago, but it might have stranger…

Questions of the day (leverage)

What is the biggest contribution that I can make to this team or organisation? What does it mean for me to be good at my job? What would be happening around me if I was good at my job? How…

Spare 15

What do you do with a spare fifteen minutes? Quite frequently, I’ll… Continue a Whatsapp conversation Skim the news See who’s been coming to DriverlessCroc Catch the next few minutes of whatever podcast or talk on youtube I’m listening to…

Supervision

What are you worried about? Why do you want this person or task supervised? How much time and effort will the recording and reporting cost the person being supervised? How much motivation and goodwill? Is the supervision actually going to…

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,…

Finishing lines (1)

Or The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living Where are the finishing lines for your project? Some projects get finished up and wrapped up neatly,…

Values and vision: the acid test

Peter Drucker and Stephen Covey ask the same simple question to get at the heart of these: “What do you want to be remembered for?” Covey asks you to imagine your funeral: Who is there? What do you hope they’d…

More about that monkey

This is a brilliant illustration from William Oncken, Jr. and Donald L. Wass about avoiding taking responsibility for other people’s problems. Where Is the Monkey? Let us imagine that a manager is walking down the hall and that he notices…

Step out of the picture

If you’re up to your eyeballs, and your team isn’t getting the job done, it’s sometimes necessary to do the work yourself so that it gets done and done right. Sometimes necessary. Always dangerous. You’re taking work back – work…

That little bit extra

… is often what makes the difference, for good or ill. Still going for a run even though you’re taking the kids to the park, so will get exercise later That extra ten percent of time to improve the finish…