Alright on the night

If you don’t practice, it’s not very likely to be. Doing something for real is likely to be the best practice if the stakes aren’t too high, and if you’re likely to get enough goes at it. But if you can’t practise “in the wild,” consider a dress rehearsal, where everything is as close to possible as the real thing.…

If someone keeps letting you down

Because you’re waiting for their help, but they don’t make time; Or don’t do what they say they’ll do; Or do it badly; Or can’t do the job they’ve been given; Or only do it inconsistently; Or aren’t engaged when you need them to be; Or damage relationships and reputations; Or otherwise hold you or others back… It’s probably time…

The next (small) step

In the face of too much to do (which there always will be), too little time (there is never enough), lack of clear information about the present (let alone the future), and uncertainty about what’s going to work (probably the bit that makes your work interesting and important) and how best to do it, what should you do? One answer…

Producer (1): Let’s go to the movies

Q: How do movies get made? (This isn’t a joke but feel free to suggest one!)A: They are produced. A film producer is a person who oversees film production. Either employed by a production company or working independently, producers plan and coordinate various aspects of film production, such as selecting the script; coordinating writing, directing, and editing; and arranging financing.…

10k

… views of DriverlessCroc, as of 23rd September 2020, not including email subscribers. At 9k I suggested that 250 views per week would be a good target weekly average. The last three weeks have seen an average of 309 views per week, so things are going well. I’m hoping that the acceleration will continue, so from now on I’ll share…

Responsibility: who pays?

Taking responsibility means that you commit to doing what’s necessary to make something happen – and that you pay for your mistakes. We are often reluctant about the second part – I think with good intentions. But if people keep making the same mistakes at someone else’s expense, there’s a good chance that they don’t really understand the cost. Having…

Quick decisions

All things being equal,* a quick decision is better than a slow one. You can feel confident in making a quick decision if the decision… Is easily reversible at low cost; Has only trivial or short-term consequences (i.e. you will rarely notice the difference or will only have to live with a poor choice for a short time); Is between…

Recommendation: Econtalk with Matt Ridley on How Innovation Works

I highly recommend this episode of Econtalk with Matt Ridley talking about how innovation makes inventions useful by making them available, affordable and reliable. The Academy of Ideas podcast is a good overview of the book’s key points about how innovation works and made me feel that I probably didn’t need to read it. This excellent interview with Russ Roberts…

9k

… views of DriverlessCroc as of 2nd September 2020. That’s 1000 views in almost exactly a month, with an average of 32 views per day in August and the best ever “normal” month (with no particular promotions or spikes via twitter). There were five days above 40 views, with an unusually high high of 95 and a low of 14.…