Ahead of the day

It’s a wonderful feeling to be ahead of the day. Up early, time to spare, space to think, an open road ahead where you’ll get stuff done with clear-headed poise. And yet… There’s a danger here: In how quickly twenty minutes early becomes ten minutes late; In how the couple of things you can just fit in spill over and…

The 12 Week Year – summary and review

The Big Idea(s) You probably have an execution problem more than you have a planning problem. Stop trying to plan annually. Plan and execute in 12 week blocks to help you focus and shorten the feedback loop between plans and evaluation. Have a long-term vision, but focus relentlessly on activities (lead measures, which you control) that will lead to the…

Brian Moran and Michael Lennington on execution

The number-one factor holding people back from achieving what they are truly capable of is not a lack of knowledge, intellect, or information. It’s not a new strategy or idea. It’s not a larger network of connected people. It’s not hard work, natural talent, or luck. Of course all these things help, they all play a factor, but they are…

Seth Godin on perfect vs “good enough”

Now we get to my favourite sneak question… What does perfect look like? I would like you to list, when your project is working perfectly, exactly what is it? – What kind of profit does it have? – Who loves it? – What shape is it? – What colour is it? – What do the reviews say? Whatever is important…

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…

“Be healthy” is not a goal

It’s undefined. You can’t achieve it and be finished. It’s a desirable state, and a good thing to want – but it’s not enough to help you achieve it. With desirable-state-to-achieve-and-maintain type “goals” like this, it’s helpful first to acknowledge that you will never be able to tick it off. Same goes with the following: “Be a good friend and…

A balancing act for leaders (1)

Some types of work that leaders do: Foundational and Directional Work This is the vision and values stuff – identifying needs, thinking through the “why” of the project, articulating its importance and sharing the vision and values with those both inside and outside the organisation. This is the work that keeps you and your team and partners focused and on…

The time and the energy

As in, “I don’t know where you get them.” I can’t make more time*, and you almost certainly know more than I do about managing your energy. But here are a couple of thoughts about doing stuff – and having fun – that relate to both. Diminishing costs You can (and should) ‘create’ time and energy by saving them through…