Making the call

In touch is better than out of touch. If you’re wondering if you should get in touch, you probably should. “How are you doing?” “What are you thinking about?” “Here’s what I’m thinking about.” “Do we understand each other?” If not – “Are our stories accurate?” Whether we do or not – “How can we fix it?” “Do we trust…

Ben Horowitz on building companies: “the horror”

I love Ben Horowitz’s frankness about the struggle and mess of building organisations. Be encouraged. … there’s was a lot of focus on business models and market sizing and segmentation and these things, but when you’re in the company and when you’re building it, you know it really is about a whole other set of things. It’s about the struggle,…

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…

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?…

Reserving judgement / planting seeds

In your lifetime you’ll read some brilliant books and hear some amazing talks, have some life-changing conversations. Some. You’ll read and hear more decent, solid books and talks, and have (I hope) a lot of good conversations. And far more often you’ll come across books, talks, films, music, people which seem to have nothing to say to you. Let’s face…

Seth Godin on the gift of fundraising

Let’s say you were head of fundraising for a cause you really care about. Whether it’s buildings on campus, or the ACLU, or anything in-between. Clearly, free is not an option, because then it’s not a donation anymore. Why would someone give $100,000 to have a building named after them? Is it rude to ask a billionaire to spend $100,000…