Who says?

Does it matter who says it? Science says: “It doesn’t matter who said it. What matters is the evidence and the reasoning.” Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts Richard Feynman Thomas Hobbes said much the same: Words are wise men’s counters, they do but reckon by them; but they are the money of fools, that value them…

68 of the best from Kevin Kelly

This is a fun list from KK celebrating his 68th birthday. Among them: • Being enthusiastic is worth 25 IQ points.…• Treating a person to a meal never fails, and is so easy to do. It’s powerful with old friends and a great way to make new friends.…• Don’t trust all-purpose glue.…• If you are looking for something in your…

Resource: Sam Altman’s Startup Playbook

Y Combinator’s Sam Altman has put together a “playbook” of the advice and insight commonly shared with founders of the startups they fund. You can view it in HTML and epub here and listen to it online here (but not, as far as I can see, download it). There’s a lot of good stuff here, mostly focused on for-profit tech…

Seth Godin on listening to feedback

The most important thing to remember now a simple sentence: “It’s not for you.” … So you run an Indian restaurant on 6th Street in New York and you have a $24 spicy vindaloo, if you finish it you get it for free, it’s that spicy. And someone comes to the restaurant and says, “I hate spicy food,” it’s really…

Charles Koch on creating value for others and always getting better

The starting point is to understand what capabilities you have that others will value, that you can use to create value for others. And then to find the opportunities for those capabilities that will create the most opportunity for others and particularly those who will reward you for that value. So the ideal for business is to maximise the value…

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…

Spec-ulation

If you’re asking someone to do something for you, an appropriate spec goes a long way. A good spec saves everyone time and effort* and demonstrates that you value the work and other people’s time and energy. You might include answers to the following questions: Big picture, what needs to happen? Why is it important – what will doing this…

Five Questions: John Greenall

Introduce yourself: who are you, what do you do, and why is it important? I’m John and I’m the National Field Director at the Christian Medical Fellowship (www.cmf.org.uk) in the UK. I’m a paediatrician by training and combine that with my work with CMF. I head up our fieldwork with students, nurses and doctors to unite and equip them to…