The long and the short-enough term

The short-enough term Of course, we need to think about the short term – without which there there can be no long term. You’ll need enough short-termism to get stuff done, and to stay alive. Long term But making things…

I could do better

Could you? Have you? Who was it better for? Did you bring it – finished – to market in such a way that it reached people beyond its core audience (people like you in relation to this thing)? How consistently…

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…

Shepherds and Kings

In the Christmas story, the baby comes for everyone – from the highest of the high to the lowest of the low… with a bias towards the unwashed and agricultural. Who are you working for? Which side do you lean…

Seth Godin on privilege and responsibility: “I won the lottery”

I feel that [responsibility to say something worth saying] all the time.…I won the lottery. I wasn’t born in 1880, and I wasn’t born building pyramids somewhere and I wasn’t born with some heart defect. What are you going to…

Mission statement example: Airbnb mission statement and values

Here’s great mission statement from Airbnb. Our Mission: Create a world where anyone can belong anywhere It’s an audacious, incredibly rewarding mission that our increasingly diverse team is dedicated to achieving. Airbnb is built around the idea that everyone should…

Creeds and values

Creeds and value-statements can be useful ways to remind your team who you are, and how you work. They can help your team to develop a shared vocabulary and shared principles, which can be a powerful way to start shaping…

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…

Tom Peters: the bottom line for hiring

Be explicit. Use these words – damn it! – and not some HR gobbledy-gook equivalents: – Listening– Caring– Smiling– Saying “Thank You”– Being warm– Nice– Empathy– Better people– Character– No jerks– No shitheads I cannot think of any position in…

Podcast recommendation: Ben Horowitz on organisational culture vs product (a16z podcast)

Episode 503 of the a16z podcast, The Stories and Code of Culture Change, is a great overview of Horowitz’s book, You Are What You Do, and features some highly memorable (and hilariously violent) stories that illustrate what culture is, and…