Work: living in the middle

With types of work (work: generative; work: decisive) the virtue is in the mean.** One plants, births, grows, opens. The other prevents, kills, prunes, closes. And we have these gardens, between the wilderness and the desert. ** Aristotle

Ways in: ravelling the network

Interface A discipline, culture or scene is a network: a mesh of people, things, ideas and ways of doing things. It might be tightly defined, with a clear centre, tightly woven middle, and a strong sense of a margin. It might be clustered, with areas where the web is thicker and deeper, but with threadbare valleys inbetween,  fading out to…

Work: executive / decisive

These are tasks that you can finish and be done with – at least for a time.  An annual report, paying a bill, creating a resource, completing a job, trying up loose ends. Getting these things done closes down options, shuts down possibilities. We decide the scope of a project – and cut off the possibilities outside it so that…

Stability: Burke and incremental change

Steve Jobs is right about changing the world. And here’s Edmund Burke with a counterpoint – for society read ‘society’, but also, ‘family’, and ‘your organisation’: Society is indeed a contract. Subordinate contracts for objects of mere occasional interest may be dissolved at pleasure—but the state ought not to be considered as nothing better than a partnership agreement in a…

On making stuff: that Steve Jobs quote

When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader…

Parallel processing: finding the right people

In computers, parallel processing is the processing of program instructions by dividing them among multiple processors with the objective of running a program in less time. TechTarget . Vision of the future Computer processors haven’t actually got much faster since the early 2000s. The speed of an average computer’s CPU has hovered around 3 billion cycles per second (think about that for a…

In their hands

Make something people can use. Put it in their hands. See what happens. If they’re eager to pay – attention, time, money – you’re onto something. Watch them. Listen to them. Tweak it. Make more of it. See what they think. If they tell their friends – and if their friends tell their friends – then you’ve got it. What…

Work: generative

This is work that creates possibilities. It’s open ended, and while it might close some avenues down it generates even more new options, opportunities, connections and combinations. Generative work includes: Reading widely and omnivorously Meeting new people Bringing groups of people together Taking the next step to make an idea real: write it down, scope it out, say the words,  find…

The last ten minutes…

…before you leave the house is not the time to start moving faster. Strange things happen to time in the last ten, and the minutes go twice as fast. Thrash early. Start acting with last minute urgency with twenty minutes** to go and you’ll glide out of the door gracefully, and right on time.*** *See also: Thrash Now– and this…

Copyright and sharing

Give it away now RHCP Some thoughts from other people about this as a start. Thanks to DB for the prompt! From Seth Godin How to protect your ideas in the digital age So, how to protect your ideas in a world where ideas spread? Don’t. Instead, spread them. Build a reputation as someone who creates great ideas, sometimes on…