Systems thinking: Gall’s Law

Gall’s Law: A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be patched up to make it work. You have to start over with a working simple system. As described by David Perell in his very interesting 50 Ideas That Changed My…

Build it up (buttercup)

Reality checks Last October I ran the Jakarta half-marathon and found it much harder than I expected. There were mitigating factors – it was hot and humid, and I was running with very low weekly mileage (about 10 miles a week!) – but even so, it was a tough finish. Up until that point I’d always assumed that the marathon-I-never-quite-got-around-to…

No finish line (2)

“No finish line” applies to most of our work too. There will be tasks to tick off and projects that we complete, but most of the important stuff – helping people who need help, making something important available, working so that things get better rather than worse – doesn’t stop. Won’t stop. This means: That projects and milestones become more…

Seth Godin on uncertainty: starting before you see the end

The second group of you – and I can see it in your eyes – is saying: “Ah, it’s possible to build the perfect entrepreneurial project. [But] I can’t, because I don’t see it.” And you have to start before you see the end. There’s no way to do this without starting before you see the end. You build the…

Roosevelt’s Man in the Arena (extended cut)

If you already know it, you may not have read this extended cut. If you haven’t come across it, it’s time you did. The Man in the Arena

Podcast recommendation: Starting Greatness, with Mike Maples Jr

With the proviso that I’m not at all convinced by the premise that scaling fast and making billions of dollars are worthy ends in themselves, I highly recommend this podcast featuring great interviews with key figures from tech and tech entrepreneurship, including favourites like Marc Andreessen and Steve Blank. (Entrepreneur and VC) Mike Maples Jr looks for lessons to help…

The Toolkit – Part 0: Action. Now. (5) – Action as picking yourself

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. It’s easy to fall into the trap of waiting to get picked:“If only this influential person would notice me, I could make this difference.”“If only they would give me this job or…

The Toolkit – Part 1: Foundations (13) – blood and bone

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. If you’ve worked through a process of defining your values, vision, mission, and core activities, you’re just about ready to set some more specific goals and do some actual work. You’ll probably…