See how they run

I was running this morning – a bit of a slow, tired one – when someone came past in the other direction running with intent, with strength, and with pride. I changed my posture, lifted my pace a little, and felt less tired.

Champion (2)

Noun 2 A person who vigorously supports or defends a person or cause.‘he became the determined champion of a free press’2.1 historical A knight who fought in single combat on behalf of the monarch. VerbVigorously support or defend the cause of. ‘he championed the rights of the working class and the poor’ OED Now this type of champion is worth having.…

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…

Five Questions: Stu Patience

Introduce yourself: who are you, what do you do, and why is it important? I’m Stu. I’m part of the team at Saya Suka Membaca (sayasukamembaca.org), a literacy charity in Jakarta. We’re working so that children in poor communities across Indonesia can have the chance to learn to read, and to love reading. It’s important because literacy – the ability…

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…