The Wellerman: state change (key collaborators)

If you haven’t come across The Wellerman meme from tiktok (check out the different versions on the twitter thread above, or the YouTube compilation below), you should. It’s great. What made this meme take off? The first video is great – a good voice, good song, and the black and white adds something extra too. Nathan Evans went first. But…

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…

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…

Trillion Dollar Coach: Bill Campbell on putting teams first

Bill’s guiding principle was that the team is paramount, and the most important thing he looked for in people was a “team-first” attitude. Teams are not successful unless every member is loyal and will, when necessary, subjugate their personal agenda to that of the team. That the team wins has to be the most important thing. … As managers, we…

If they knew what you know (2)

“I’m an imposter. If they knew what I knew I’d never work again.” This may be true. If it is, you’ve got some work to do. (Even if it isn’t you’ve got work to do anyway). At the same time it’s worth bearing in mind that you don’t know what they know or see what they see. It’s possible that…

First from the source, then from the sides: Seth Godin on how change happens

Your wishes are pure, the change is important, and it’s going to make things better. And you probably believe that things would be better if everyone got on board. But everyone won’t. Everyone won’t hear you. They won’t understand you. And most of all, they won’t act. … Sooner or later, the culture changes. But not because you brought everyone…

If they knew what you know (1)

Sometimes it feels awkward to ‘sell’ an idea or product, but persuading people to agree / sign up / buy what you’re selling is fine under the following conditions: You’re respectful: your briefest of pitches is an invitation-to-give-you-an-invitation to share. You avoid interrupting, and ask for permission. You’re honest: you tell the truth about what you’re selling. You believe: you…

Our problem

They say a problem shared is a problem halved, but it gets better than that: some burdens feel much less than half as light when we carry them together. It might be that the greatest success you can have when sharing about a cause is to turn it from “my” problem or “your” problem into “our” problem.

Would I click on this?

… is an excellent question to ask yourself when you write, share, promote something. Would I use this term to search for this? Would I come here looking for this? Would it feel spammy if I was tagged like this? Would I click? Would I feel glad that I had? (as opposed to cheated, or angry) Would I share it?…