Steven Pinker on passing on language

Language is created anew every generation by the minds of the children who construct it out of the data that they get from their parents and peers. Steven Pinker – with Tyler Cowan, in Conversations with Tyler, Ep 14 The…

Better tools

I’ve been trying to learn to solder – on and off – for something close to 24 years. It never worked for me: the solder didn’t melt, or just rolled off the tip of the soldering iron, which smoked wickedly…

David Epstein on kind and wicked learning environments

These are terms used by psychologist Robin Hogarth, and what a “kind” learning environment is one where patterns recur, ideally a situation is constrained – so a chessboard with very rigid rules and a literal board is very constrained –…

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…

Brian Moran and Michael Lennington on execution

The number-one factor holding people back from achieving what they are truly capable of is not a lack of knowledge, intellect, or information. It’s not a new strategy or idea. It’s not a larger network of connected people. It’s not…

BYOG (2)

Be Your Own Guru You have fifteen minutes in a room with the expert of your choice. What question would you ask them that would help you move your work forwards? Take your time. Write down the expert you’d choose,…

When “normal” feels like winning (or losing) – Danny Kahneman on regression to the mean

Danny [Kahneman] was then helping the Israeli Air Force to train fighter pilots. He’d noticed that the instructors believed that, in teaching men to fly jets, criticism was more powerful than praise. They’d explained to Danny that he only needed…

Sam Altman on “compounding yourself”

This is from a blog post called “How to Be Successful“, which begins with the observation that (in the startup world) most people start off wanting to make a huge amount of money but end up wanting to create something…

Short of something

Have you ever been in an organisation that had enough of everything? Enough time Enough resources Enough of the right tools Enough natural light in the workplace Enough skilled and committed people Enough enthusiastic customers Enough supporters and champions Enough…

The Toolkit – Part 0: Action. Now. (4) – Action as idea filter

This post is part of the working draft of the DriverlessCrocodile Toolkit (read more here). I’d love comments, links to resources related to the theme, and original contributions. Action is also sort of evolutionary filter for separating your good ideas…