Little jobs

There’s a lot to be said for batching – saving up similar jobs and then working through them efficiently in one go. But doing little jobs in free moments – in checking-the-news moments, social media moments, junky youtube moments – has its benefits too: Doing little jobs can act like a form of mental keepy-uppy, keeping your head in the…

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…

Seth Godin on slack in systems

If you ask most people who run a factory, or an organisation or a sports team, what they’re looking for is a taut, firm connection between and among everybody: everybody busy all the time. The reason that a bucket brigade is so much more efficient than people running back and forth and back and forth to the source of water…

Resource: Seth Godin on Systems Thinking

Akimbo Season 4 Episode 20 (July 10, 2019) – Systems Thinking This is a great episode of riffs on how systems create – and constrain – possibilities, and the opportunities that open up when systems change. Featuring Mr Heinz and the fictional (!) Betty Crocker. Akimbo Season 4 Episode 18 (June 26, 2019) – Find the others: Apollo 11 and…

Money: cause or symptom?

We often focus on the money, but it’s not a cause or an end in itself. It helps to think of your financial position as a symptom of faithful partnership development. Darren Wall

Seeds (3): becoming Beatrix Potter

1866 Helen Beatrix Potter born in London. 1876 Beatrix Potter has already been doing a lot of drawing and painting. This watercolour is from 1876, a couple of months before her tenth birthday: 1883 Aged 17, she writes “I can’t settle to anything but my painting. I lost my patience over everything else.” 1890 Beatrix Potter sells her first pieces…

Drucker on the theory of the business

The theory of the business must be known and understood throughout the organisation. This is easy in the organization’s early days. But as it becomes successful, an organization tends increasingly to take its theory for granted, becoming less and less conscious of it. Then the organization becomes sloppy. It begins to cut corners. It begins to pursue what is expedient…

Gifts

What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not? Paul of Tarsus – First Letter to the Corinthians Count your gifts: knowledge, skills, dispositions and attitudes; assets, wealth, health, time; places; people. Where did they come from? What are you going to use them for?…

Where do you want to go?

And do you trust that the people you’re following can get you there? Have they been there before? Has anyone been there before? For interesting work, there probably isn’t a map of the route, so you’ll looking for: People who have been to similar places People who have been part of the way A cohort of fellow travellers Compasses, not…

Motion sickness: change and stability

If you’ve ever suffered from motion sickness in a car or on a boat, you probably know that it helps to look at a fixed (or at least slower moving) point on the horizon. A stable reference point helps your body to make sense of the continual movement and to stay oriented and balanced. Rapid, continual change creates its own…