On mopping the floor

Sweep up. Mop the floor. Spend five minutes – five minutes! – a day putting things back in their places or working out where their places should be or throwing things out. It isn’t just that the reduction in friction…

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…

Crazytime

There comes a time with almost everything that you start losing concentration, making silly mistakes, and generally going crazy. It’s almost never a mistake to walk away – for ten minutes, for an hour, for a weekend – and do…

12 Week Year: DriverlessCrocoGoals

Here’s an attempt at 12 Week Year-style goal setting for DC. I’m trying to keep it simple, and haven’t gone deeply into unpacking my goals and vision because I’m already committed to them and happy with them – so this…

John Mark Comer on the ruthless elimination of hurry

As I’ve worked on reading lists and goals for 2020, I’ve been mulling over the shape of (my part in) a flourishing, generous and sustainable life for my family, neighbours and colleagues for the year ahead. This podcast/sermon and its…

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…

Seth Godin on perfect vs “good enough”

Now we get to my favourite sneak question… What does perfect look like? I would like you to list, when your project is working perfectly, exactly what is it? – What kind of profit does it have? – Who loves…

Front foot (2): head in the game

If you’ve done the big picture, general preparation it doesn’t take much extra to make sure you show up on the front foot. Here are some things to run though before you go into a meeting: Who are you meeting?…

Front foot (1)

It’s good to be on the front foot – to know where you’re going, to be moving things in the right direction, to be proactive, to be setting the terms. We sometimes find ourselves on the front foot due to…

William Slim on inheriting a mess

It is one thing to know what is wrong; it is another to put it right. I have no doubt whatever that Hutton, if he had been given even a few months in which to prepare, would have corrected much…