Leadership: say the words

Boy: “Are we going to give something to help the people in Palu*?”Me: “Good idea – how much do you want to give from your pocket money?”Boy: “Hmm…”Me: “You choose an amount, and we’ll add ten times that amount.”**Boy: Names…

Education for the future: what do our kids need?

How do we prepare our kids for the future? There have been places and times where the rate of change has been faster than it is now. There have been wars, invasions, revolutions, disasters. But I think people are right…

Bootstrapping the non-profit organisation Rule 8 (part 1)

This is the eighth post in a series applying Seth Godin’s rules of bootstrapping (see also here) to building a non-profit organisation. Rule 8: Create Boundaries for Yourself Create boundaries for yourself. What do you do? What don’t you do? This is a variation on “It’s not…

Rewriting the world

The possibilities of the future are often lying latent in the field of our vision. We can’t see them… And then suddenly we do, and we re-write the world. Tim O’Reilly On the After On podcast

Made to Stick: Simplicity

Following Zinsser On Writing, here’s a snippet on simplicity from Made to Stick. The first chapter is about reducing your message to it’s absolute core. As with Zinsser, clarity of intent is key for the Heath brothers: it’s not enough…

William Zinsser on Simplicity

Here are some excerpts from Zinsser’s ‘On Writing Well’, which I mentioned in yesterday’s post: … the secret of good writing is to strip every sentence to its cleanest components. Every word that serves no function, every long word that…

Clarity. Simplicity. Focus.

I’ve been reminded about the importance of clarity and simplicity by three books in the last week: Don’t Make Me Think, Steve Krug’s classic on web usability. Made to Stick, Chip and Dan Heath’s great (so far) guide to how…

Setting the bar high

You’ve got to set the bar high too. Set the bar high in the big, important things: What am I working for? Who am I working for? How can I make things better… now? What fruit will this produce in…

Possibility: learning to see

This morning one of my sons was trying to put a new water bottle in a bottle holder: “It doesn’t fit.” I laughed at him, because I’d put the same bottle in the same holder a day before. I told…

It’s not for you

It’s so easy to want everyone to love what we do. When we’re writing, we want everyone to think it’s great. In our work building a service or product, we want everyone to buy in – to join us, or…