Strategy (5): Strategy is about plans (part 3)

This is the third part of the fifth post in a series – start here. Definition of Strategy (as a skill or activity): Strategy is the practice of making, implementing and reviewing big-picture plans (strategies) with the intention of increasing the chances or speed at which you’ll achieve your major goals. The second creation Planning may seem humdrum but it’s…

Strategy (5): Strategy is about plans (part 2)

This is the second part of the fifth post in a series* – start here. Definition of Strategy (as a skill or activity): Strategy is the practice of making, implementing and reviewing big-picture plans (strategies) with the intention of increasing the chances or speed at which you’ll achieve your major goals. Strategic plans provide structure Planning is also about structuring…

Seeking (better)

Seeking better … seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Jesus of Nazareth – in Matthew’s Gospel There are times that we know what “better” is. We’ve been there before, or seen it from afar, or can at least imagine it. So we seek it: we head in its…

Worn out tools

[Javert] had lost his bearings. The law was no more than a broken stick in his hand. Victor Hugo – Les Miserables If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools: Rudyard…

What’s News? And other stories

Questions for self: Why do you read the news more than once a day? Will things really have changed since the last time you had an empty moment? Same again but for sports scores, election results, the price of Bitcoin and even… the number of visits to your blog. Substitute activities: Mull over whatever it is that you’re taking a…

To do lists (1)

I have still never found a to-do list format and medium that works consistently for me. I’ve been a Filofax user, tried GTD, experimented with various flavours of Kanban and tried Asana and a few other apps, but nothing’s quite stuck. I’m hoping to fix this in the coming weeks, so I’ve been thinking about what makes a good to…

Strategy (5): Strategy is about plans (part 1)

This is the fifth post in a series – start here. Definition of Strategy (as a skill or activity): Strategy is the practice of making, implementing and reviewing big-picture plans (strategies) with the intention of increasing the chances or speed at which you’ll achieve your major goals. The most important things The main purpose of strategy is to help you…

Responsive: faster feedback

Are there times, in your line of work, when faster feedback is more effective than thorough feedback? Little bits of feedback, fast and often, are often best. Where could you follow up and reply to things more quickly? Which things demand closer, more thorough attention? How good are you at differentiating between the two?

“I did my best.”

Great! Was it any good? What are you going to do to make your best get better? This might be about: Improving concrete skills Working on your attitude Or the way you made others feel while you did your best Or working on the wrapper – the systems around the work you do – so that you can do more…