Amazon-style press release for the Driverlessbookadile

This post is the fulfilment of one of this week’s 12 Week Year goals for DriverlessCroc. It’s a first draft of an Amazon-style press release used to develop a product. Pins with Flags On The landscape of building a small organisation There is no roadmap for successfully building a charity or social enterprise: if there was an easy path, someone…

The Toolkit – Part 0: Action. Now. (6) – Action as habit

Action as habit It is far more important that you develop a regular habit of making things happen and getting things done than that you make occasional heroic efforts – imagine pedaling up a hill in low gear, fending off an approaching boat or getting a flywheel moving. What matters is starting early (now) and pushing for long enough in…

The Toolkit – Part 0: Action. Now. (5) – Action as picking yourself

This post is part of the working draft of the DriverlessCrocodile Toolkit (read more here). I’d love comments, links to resources related to the theme, and original contributions. It’s easy to fall into the trap of waiting to get picked:“If only this influential person would notice me, I could make this difference.”“If only they would give me this job or…

The Toolkit – Part 0: Action. Now. (4) – Action as idea filter

This post is part of the working draft of the DriverlessCrocodile Toolkit (read more here). I’d love comments, links to resources related to the theme, and original contributions. Action is also sort of evolutionary filter for separating your good ideas from your bad ones. Woolly ideas and unrealistic idealism evaporate on contact with the world. The death of long-cherished dreams…

The Toolkit – Part 0: Action. Now. (3) – action, learning and experience

This post is part of the working draft of the DriverlessCrocodile Toolkit (read more here). I’d love comments, links to resources related to the theme, and original contributions. Action is a certain route to failure – and therefore to learning, and to experience. The first step of learning to swim is learning to cope with the feeling of almost-drowning. Theory…

The Toolkit – Part 0: Action. Now. (2) – action as springboard and seed

This post is part of the working draft of the DriverlessCrocodile Toolkit (read more here). I’d love comments, links to resources related to the theme, and original contributions. Action first Action comes first because without action, nothing else matters. Ideas and ideals, knowledge and skills, kindness, elaborate plans and good intentions mean nothing if you can’t (if you won’t) consistently…

The Toolkit – Part 0: Action. Now. (1) – action first

This post is part of the working draft of the DriverlessCrocodile Toolkit (read more here). I’d love comments, links to resources related to the theme, and original contributions. Action first Action comes first because without action, nothing else matters. Ideas and ideals, knowledge and skills, kindness, elaborate plans and good intentions mean nothing if you can’t (if you won’t) consistently…

The Toolkit – Part 1: Foundations (11) – transmission (mission to action)

This post is part of the working draft of the DriverlessCrocodile Toolkit (read more here). I’d love comments, links to resources related to the theme, and original contributions. We’ve worked from organisational Values (Foundations 1- 4) to Vision (Foundations 5-6) to Mission (Foundations 7-10). These make up the deep-level foundations for everything that you actually do: Values are the things…

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…

The Toolkit – Part 1: Foundations (10) – early stage mission statements

It’s possible that in the early stages of your project or organisation you have no clear idea about how to make progress towards your vision. This is fine. In these cases you can choose to: delay officially launching and sharing about your organisation’s mission until you have a better sense of direction make research your first mission, and iterate on…