Obviously

If they knew what you knew, felt how you felt, had the right perspective, it would be obvious to them too. But they don’t. This means that – assuming that it’s necessary and helpful to point out the obvious in this case – the way you do it matters a lot: What are you going to do to help you…

In a world of billions (Kevin Kelly on 1000 True Fans)

In a world in which you have direct contact with your audience, and you’re not going through the intermediate of a publisher, studio, record label, but you actually have your fans that you’re getting the money directly from… If you could get a certain amount of money from them directly every year, the number that you would need to make…

Hand-washing, face masks and cultural hygiene

The best reason for washing your hands at regular intervals isn’t protecting yourself. You might only rarely wash your hands and still never get sick. This might be because you’re a clean sort of person, or it could be because you have a strong immune system. In this case, the best reason for washing your hands regularly is to protect…

Encouragement

The last week has reminded me not to underestimate the importance of encouragement. “You’re on the right track.” “Yes, it was a bad outcome – but you made the right decision with what you knew at the time.” “This was fun.” “You’re building something important.” “This is fantastic – keep doing it.” “It’s worth it.” “I like working with you.”…

Responsive (3): Good tone

Outside a close circle of family and friends, the voice you respond in is rarely (just) your own – it’s also the voice of your project or organisation, or of your department or team. These means that these questions about your tone of voice apply to the groups you’re speaking for too. As far as it lies with you, how…

Responsive (2): Your voice

Being “responsive” is more than a question of timing. Your voice and “default” tone matter. Your voice What do you sound like as you respond to others? What would you like to sound like? It might help to make a list: Friendly, open and available – even when saying “no”; Positive / “can do” / constructive / helpful; Interested /…

Responsive (1): In good time

The way we respond to people – family, colleagues, strangers – carries a lot of information. Any response at all suggests that someone matters – whether because we like them or they’re otherwise important to us, or because they’re somehow in our way. The speed of our responses to people speaks volumes, and can send mixed messages. A fast response…

Don’t miss a day

Not because they all add up mathematically and contribute equally to the sum of your work. Because they won’t. But because showing up today makes the other days – the days when you do your best work – more likely. Think of it as giving the muse a bigger surface area on which to strike.

Just one chapter

If you could write a book – any kind of book – with a group of other people, who would they be? What would the book be about? And if you had to contribute a chapter – just one – what subject would you choose, and what do you have to say about it? Go and write your chapter.* Then…

“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 place that you’re looking for it. The same is true of the change we’re trying to make: It helps to…