Strategy (3): Strategy is about the big picture (relatively)

This is the third post in a series – start here. Definition of Strategy (as a skill or activity): Strategy is the dynamic process of making big-picture plans (strategies) with the intention of increasing the chances or speed at which you’ll achieve your major goals. Which picture? Strategy is commonly defined as a “big picture” activity: “a general plan to…

Strategy (2): Strategy is dynamic

This is the second post in a series – start here. Definition of Strategy (as a skill or activity): Strategy is the dynamic process of making big-picture plans (strategies) with the intention of increasing the chances or speed at which you’ll achieve your major goals. Strategy in a changing world Because strategies are made and executed in a changing world…

Strategy (1): What is Strategy?

I thought it would be helpful to start a series on strategy with a working definition of strategy, but found it rather tricky to define because we use it in a number of ways. Here are three DriverlessCrocodile definitions of strategy, subject to revision as this series continues. I’ll unpack them further in subsequent posts. Definition of Strategy (as a…

In it to win it (2): OK Go on the sandbox theory of how to find a wonderful idea

This may seem to you like testing, but it really isn’t, because at this point we don’t yet know what our idea is: we don’t have a plan to be testing. We’re just trying everything we can think of because we need to get the idea space filled with a chaos… because then… if we can… get just a few…

Living beyond urgent

There’s a great collection of old Seth Godin articles for Fast Company magazine. Here’s an extract from one I wish I’d successfully inhabited in 2019: If It’s Urgent, Ignore It

Buses. Waves. Bicycles.

Getting the right bus can save a lot of time: you might be able to go direct or make an earlier connection, you might have a shorter layover or better traffic. So running to catch the bus can be worth it. You’ll work harder, run at a pace that you can’t sustain – but if you catch the bus, it’s…

A good day

Disclaimer: It’s possible that this is lifted directly from a book I’ve read recently or something I’ve listened to. If so, please point it out! If not – it’s certainly a variation on a theme, but I hope it’s helpful. I started work this morning by sitting with a notebook for five minutes, writing (and then answering) the question: “What…

The monkey and the oranges

The monkey appeared by the fruit bowl, snaffled two armfuls of oranges and made a clean getaway before any of us could react. It legged it for the wall with swaying, monkey gait… but had to climb a tree to make good its escape. The monkey did its level best to run up the tree, leaving arms free for the…

Atul Gawande on urgency, planning and deliberation

I brought to surgery my particular persona, which is to want to have more planning and more deliberation inserted into situations where there doesn’t seem to be time. One of the really striking things is, we get this complaint for example that using a checklist in surgery, well, that’s fine, but in emergencies we don’t have time for that kind…