See how they run

I was running this morning – a bit of a slow, tired one – when someone came past in the other direction running with intent, with strength, and with pride. I changed my posture, lifted my pace a little, and…

“It’s right there.”

It’s much easier to look for something you’ve lost when you know it’s there: When you know that it exists When you know what it looks or sounds or feels like When you know that it really is in the…

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…

Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne? And surely ye’ll be your pint-stoup! and surely I’ll be mine! And we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld…

Resource: Robert Cialdini’s “Influence” distilled – the science of persuasion

Robert Cialdini’s “Influence” is a really useful tool for understanding some of the key building blocks of persuasion, and is a marketing classic. This video contains Cialdini’s own summary of the book. Disclaimer In his words, “understanding these shortcuts and…

Podcast recommendation: Ben Horowitz on organisational culture vs product (a16z podcast)

Episode 503 of the a16z podcast, The Stories and Code of Culture Change, is a great overview of Horowitz’s book, You Are What You Do, and features some highly memorable (and hilariously violent) stories that illustrate what culture is, and…

Seth Godin on a strategy of generous connection

The question is, what are you going to do tomorrow that’s going to make you more connected, in a more important way [or doing more important work?] than what you did today? And if every day you weave a better…

Five Questions: Janice Whyne

The health and future of your team, project, organisation, profit margin etc. can hinge on your ability to sufficiently understand the nature of existing relationships, and your ability to appropriately maintain them. Janice Whyne 1. Introduce yourself: who are you,…

On tiredness, bad form and self talk

On tiredness, bad form and self talk

I’m a good swimmer. My form is pretty good (at least to non-swimmers), and my powerful strokes allow me to cut through the water like a knife. For fifty meters. From about 58 meters (or as far as I can…

The Toolkit – Part 1: Foundations (8) – a shorter mission statement

This post is another go at mission statements – mixing Peter Drucker’s description of a mission statement as “a concise statement of purpose” (it should fit on a t-shirt!) with the idea that mission should have a bit more of…