David Epstein on kind and wicked learning environments

These are terms used by psychologist Robin Hogarth, and what a “kind” learning environment is one where patterns recur, ideally a situation is constrained – so a chessboard with very rigid rules and a literal board is very constrained –…

Penn Jillette on the politics of “us”

I’ve trying this thought experiment of trying not to use the words “us and them.” I’ve tried to say the sentence “those of us who voted for Trump,” which is a very difficult sentence to say, but if you say…

Amazon-style press release for the Driverlessbookadile

This post is the fulfilment of one of this week’s 12 Week Year goals for DriverlessCroc. It’s a first draft of an Amazon-style press release used to develop a product. Pins with Flags On The landscape of building a small…

The 12 Week Year – summary and review

The Big Idea(s) You probably have an execution problem more than you have a planning problem. Stop trying to plan annually. Plan and execute in 12 week blocks to help you focus and shorten the feedback loop between plans and…

Chief Problem Solver

You’re not just the CEO or the CIO … Expand your title to see your role as the CPS – the Chief Problem Solver. In other words, solving problems isn’t something that you dread, it’s something that you do. It’s…

John Mark Comer on the ruthless elimination of hurry

As I’ve worked on reading lists and goals for 2020, I’ve been mulling over the shape of (my part in) a flourishing, generous and sustainable life for my family, neighbours and colleagues for the year ahead. This podcast/sermon and its…

Brian Moran and Michael Lennington on execution

The number-one factor holding people back from achieving what they are truly capable of is not a lack of knowledge, intellect, or information. It’s not a new strategy or idea. It’s not a larger network of connected people. It’s not…

Reading List: 2020 and beyond?

*Asterisk indicates previously read (to re-read) read or partially read. I’m not promising to finish in 2020, but I’d like to. Needs more fiction. Getting things done (4) 12 Week Year – Brian P. Moran, Michael Lennington* (read 2020/01/09) Atomic…

2019: Goals in review

Driverless Crocodile Goals for 2019: Here’s a review of the year’s goals: Goal 1: Keep it up. 600 posts on DC by the end of 2019, with enough of a frontlog to set it and forget it for a couple…

Podcast recommendation: Starting Greatness, with Mike Maples Jr

With the proviso that I’m not at all convinced by the premise that scaling fast and making billions of dollars are worthy ends in themselves, I highly recommend this podcast featuring great interviews with key figures from tech and tech…