Little jobs

There’s a lot to be said for batching – saving up similar jobs and then working through them efficiently in one go. But doing little jobs in free moments – in checking-the-news moments, social media moments, junky youtube moments – has its benefits too: Doing little jobs can act like a form of mental keepy-uppy, keeping your head in the…

Marcus Borg on unending conversation

Where does the drama of history get its material? From the “unending conversation”* that is going on at the point in history when we are born. Imagine you enter a parlor. You come late. When you arrive, others have long preceded you, and they are engaged in a heated discussion, a discussion too heated for them to pause and tell…

Cohort

Seth Godin talks quite a lot about cohorts: “The people who get you. The ones who have been through it with you. Who see you.” An emphasis on peer-relationships is one of the defining features of his highly rated and very-low-drop-out-rated online workshops. He’s got me thinking again about the value of a group of people doing similar work, with…

Fellow travellers: Seth Godin and Brian Koppelman on mentors

Seth Godin and Brian Koppelman have had a great series of conversations on Brian’s The Moment podcast. Here’s a little something on the subject of mentors and feedback: Seth Godin: The memo is only four sentences long. That’s all I needed. That a fellow traveller who knows how to do the craft of giving me feedback gave me those key…

Ordinary people. Good work.

Good to Great is all well and good, but what about Pretty Good to Very Good? I’ve been mulling over the DC podcast and this is what I’m going to focus on: ordinary people doing good (and important) work. Not multi-million pound-dollar businesses and organisations, but those working with tens or hundreds of thousands. Not companies boasting world-class-execution-across-the-board, but individuals…

Test Scores vs A Body of Work

When you show up and say “here’s my resume,” basically you’ve just shared your SAT score … with the HR people. And the HR people are charged with filling the slots with the cheapest competent people they can find. On the other hand, if you build a body of work, if your body of work is irresistible, if it’s generous,…

Ways in: ravelling the network

Interface A discipline, culture or scene is a network: a mesh of people, things, ideas and ways of doing things. It might be tightly defined, with a clear centre, tightly woven middle, and a strong sense of a margin. It might be clustered, with areas where the web is thicker and deeper, but with threadbare valleys inbetween,  fading out to…

Network opportunities

One telephone – in the whole world – is useless. Who would you call? The more telephones there are – and especially the more telephones that belong to people you want to talk to – the more useful they become. This is Metcalfe’s law: the value of a network increases exponentially with the size of the network. It works for…

Anything yet

Here’s the intuition: New technologies – including ideas, techniques and ways of thinking, as well as physical tools – very often come from the creative recombination* of old technologies There are more people in the world than ever before, and more of these people – an increasingly diverse set of people – have access to more technologies than ever before These same…