Vision. Positioning. Execution. (4)

Execution Being able to execute means being able to get the right things done at the right times. Good execution is a combination of: Knowledge – do you know what to do and how to do it? This is a type of vision, but I include here for completeness. Skill – are you able to do it? Skills need to…

Vision. Positioning. Execution. (3)

Positioning Being ready in the right place at the right time makes everything easier. Sometimes you need to position yourself for a better view – to improve your vision – before you can position yourself to do. If you can’t see properly, you can’t decide. Once you’ve got a decent view you can move to position yourself with respect to…

Backstop

What safety nets do you have in place? If all else fails, is there a way to get the job done – even in your absence – that you can set up as a just-in-case, room-to-breathe backstop for when you most need it?What’s your contingency plan? See also: The level of your systems

Dreaming by day: Kevin Kelly on realists and fantasists

I one-hundred-percent agree with the idea that to be human is to be ‘tensioned’, to be in conflict in some ways between two conflicting ideas at the same time, and it’s not just between our expectations and what we want for certainty, but other things, like when you’re making something new you have to be both a realist and a…

Recording and editing with Audacity – start here

I had another go with Audacity this weekend and came across this tutorial for absolute beginners. David Taylor‘s introduction is clear and systematic. He tells you everything you need to know to record, edit and tidy up audio in a little over fifteen minutes – fifteen minutes very well spent. I like that it assumes no prior knowledge, covered everything…

Vision. Positioning. Execution. (2)

Four types of vision: Vision of what is: the good, the bad… and the missing. Vision of possibilities: seeing what could be, or what could stop being. Having a sense of contributing factors and probabilities. Moral or ethical vision: knowing which possibilities should be, and which you will take responsibility for changing. Judgement: choosing a good way forward in light…

Vision. Positioning. Execution. (1)

You see the traffic, approach the road, pause at the kerb, lean forward just as someone passes to get some forward motion, then step into the space between cars. Or you press the button and wait for the light. You see a public holiday on the calendar, decide that you want to go away, decide where and who with, then…

Leadership: don’t say it

You may have a very good point. You may be entirely in the right. It may be that you’ve understood their (bad) motivation perfectly, that they are wrongheaded, inconsiderate and rude to boot. It may be that there’s a values-conflict that’s going to take a lot of deep and difficult work to address. Some of the above is probably true.…

The level of your systems

You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems. James Clear – Atomic Habits If you want things to be easier tomorrow, it really helps to have strong systems in place. Most of the important things that you do go a lot better if you have a system for making sure…

John Gardner on regeneration

Values always decay over time. Societies that keep their values alive do not do so not by escaping the process of decay but by powerful processes of regeneration. There must be perpetual rebuilding. Each generation must rediscover the living elements in its own tradition and adapt them to present realities. To assist in that discovery is one of the tasks…