Two questions mid-Covid

For any of the things you do… What don’t you / your customers miss about doing this in person? What do you / they miss? Whatever “real life” looks like in the coming months, it will help if the things we’re glad to see the back of stay gone, or stay at a minimum. Losing these things is likely to…

Things that help…

Reminding yourself that it’s worst at five (or two, or four) a.m. and will seem much better at ten. Doing routine things well and on time: exercise, breakfast, prayer or meditation. Focusing on the people you’re with – serving them, enjoying their company. “Acting as if,” and doing the normal things – the things you’d be doing anyway – as…

Kevin Kelly on second order risk

This is a great post from KK on second order risk (“known unknowns”) and third order risk (“unknown unknowns”) that might effect, with reference to the Corona Virus (Covid-19). In the face of unknown risks, he advises caution. I’m writing this on 4th March 2020, so it will be interesting to see how the risk profile looks when this goes…

Statistical dojo

This seems apt – and the book it comes from is available free (or “pay what you want”) at readthesequences.com. Recommended. Imagine reaching into an urn that contains seventy white balls and thirty red ones, and plucking out ten mystery balls. Perhaps three of the ten balls will be red, and you’ll correctly guess how many red balls total were…

A project

The thing that I’m recommending for a lot of people now is to find a sphere of activity, no matter how small or how local, that you feel you can control and you can do at home and you can contribute to. This feeling of powerlessness may set in that will cause people to panic more or become too depressed…

Choosing to stop or choosing to continue

I’ve been spending more time on Skype, Zoom, Whatsapp and even normal phone calls (imagine!) than normal over the past week. A few times my meetings have bumped up against Zoom’s 40 minute limit for free accounts, where meetings of more than two people need to stop and reconnect when the time runs out. This has been a frustrating niggle…

Bear hunt

We can rarely go around – or over, or under – the big, difficult things. If we could they wouldn’t be big or difficult. The only way is through.* *Hopefully with a minumum of “Stumble Trip! Stumble Trip! Stumble Trip!”

Voices

This is true all the time, but it’s more relevant than ever in months like the one we’re having, and probably for several months ahead: it matters which voices you listen to. Here are two recent quotes from Seth Godin about this – the first about who shouts loudest, who we listen to, and our choice to lead instead of…

Hand-washing, face masks and cultural hygiene

The best reason for washing your hands at regular intervals isn’t protecting yourself. You might only rarely wash your hands and still never get sick. This might be because you’re a clean sort of person, or it could be because you have a strong immune system. In this case, the best reason for washing your hands regularly is to protect…