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…

The Toolkit – Part 1: Foundations (7) – mission statements revisited

In this post I explained the difference between vision and mission statements like this: If a vision statement is a statement about ends (the world you’re working to make a reality), a mission statement is about means: what are the…

Attention hours

We often focus on the attention economy as it relates to life online, but it’s a helpful lens for thinking about the rest of our lives too. Attention hours are a useful thing to count when thinking about how valuable…

Hard conversations

…aren’t supposed to be easy. The person you need to have the conversation with might be a peer, a friend, a long-term colleague. The conversations are uncomfortable in the planning, in the preparation and in the aftermath – often because…

What’s the Metaverse?

Here’s more on the Metaverse: from Matthew Ball (again) on the BBC’s Beyond Today. The first half of the program has some good stuff on Fortnite’s business model and how it’s more than simply a game… the second half gets…

No shortage of money

There is no money shortage. It might not be where you’d like it, and there might not be people lining up to give it to you for whatever you think it would be well used for… but there’s plenty of…

Canon: fences and trampolines

I’ve just spent a thoroughly enjoyable day at the first Jakarta International Literary Festival. I sat in on two Symposiums*: The Southern Common Themes Dilemma, moderated by Nukila Aman and featuring Legodile Seganabeng, Sharlene Teo, Intan Paramaditha, and Nukila Aman;…

Horse to water

If a horse is thirsty, if they know that water will help, and if they trust you, then all you need to say is “There’s water over there,” and the rest will take care of itself. Nothing is as important…

Eyes. Sawdust. Planks.

 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when…

Quick emails

There are two types of quick emails. There’s kind where you can handle it in five or ten minutes and… the job’s finished; someone else can get on with their job, so you avoid becoming a bottleneck; you can help…