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…

Encouragement

The last week has reminded me not to underestimate the importance of encouragement. “You’re on the right track.” “Yes, it was a bad outcome – but you made the right decision with what you knew at the time.” “This was fun.” “You’re building something important.” “This is fantastic – keep doing it.” “It’s worth it.” “I like working with you.”…

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…

The Toolkit – Part 1: Foundations (8) – a shorter mission statement

This post is another go at mission statements – mixing Peter Drucker’s description of a mission statement as “a concise statement of purpose” (it should fit on a t-shirt!) with the idea that mission should have a bit more of the “what we do” towards making our vision a reality. The story so far: Vision: “We work for a future…

The Toolkit – Part 1: Foundations (7) – mission statements revisited

In this post I explained the difference between vision and mission statements like this: If a vision statement is a statement about ends (the world you’re working to make a reality), a mission statement is about means: what are the primary activities your organisation does to make the vision a reality. I think this works – more or less –…

The Toolkit – Part 1: Foundations (3)

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. Another lens on personal values If the obituary doesn’t work for you, try these simple questions: What do you love? What do you care (passionately) about? What makes you (righteously) angry? Who…

A sense of urgency (2): Clayton Christensen on measuring your life

John Greenall wrote this about our lack of a sense of urgency about the most important things in life: I wonder if it comes back to overscheduling, busyness, lack of prioritisation and an internal need to look good. This all leads to overloaded diaries and an overly full life. The routine is downplayed and not given sufficient time or consideration…

Bottleneck: little jobs and emotional friction

Thanks to JG. A particularly troublesome breed of little job are things left undone that hold up the work of other people – a decision that needs your input (or for you to decide), a design that needs your approval, feedback to your team from a key meeting, or a training you need to hold before your team starts a…

The donut: getting going [guest post]

New initiatives can be a challenge can’t they? Plotting the course. Anticipating problems. Obsessing over details. Wondering how we’ll deal with XYZ scenarios in 6 months’ time. I recently read this: When you’re at the beginning, don’t obsess about the middle, because the middle is going to look different when you get there. Just look for a strong beginning and…