Choices: how much?

Some questions to help you decide whether to buy something: How many cups of coffee is this worth? (If it’s less than five cups of coffee, it’s not a very big decision – you should probably go ahead. And don’t spend longer on choosing something worth the cost of a cup of coffee than you would on choosing coffee.) How…

Refunds, discounts

Sometimes it’s right to complain: an injustice has been done or a minor fraud committed, and it’s important to make a point. And there’s a pleasure to be had in getting a good deal. But often the time and energy we spend on hunting refunds and discounts costs us more than they’re worth. A good rule of thumb is to…

Questions (2): what you do with the answer

You asked the question… Are you going to listen to the answer? What are you prepared to change if the it’s not what you’re expecting? How are you going to put the answer to work? If you’re not ready to do any of these things, it’s probably better not to ask until you are.

Time on our hands: la durée

The idea is really just this: time on a watch is not the same as time in your head. An hour can fly by or seemingly drag for eternity. Time as we actually experience it, rather than as we measure it, is subjective. We all know this intuitively, and our culture has idioms for it (“time flies when…”) but it’s…

Responsibility

Whether you’re improving your own work or helping others improve theirs,* it pays to spend time talking about who is responsible for what – and what you hope people will take responsibility for as they grow into their roles. There are layers of responsibility. 1) Given all the necessary inputs… Do you take responsibility for getting your job done? 2)…

Kevin Kelly – what is technology?

Not just shiny new stuff It was clear (at least to me) that technology was an extension of natural life, but in what ways was it different from nature? (Computers and DNA share something essential, but a Mac-Book is not the same as a sunflower.) It was also clear that technology springs from human minds, but it what way are…

Contact

Next time you read an article, listen to a podcast, watch a program that you like – why don’t you get in touch with whoever made it? Not just the person who was in it – the ones we normally notice – but the people who made it too. Drop them an email, or even that hand written note that you…