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…

The long and the short-enough term

The short-enough term Of course, we need to think about the short term – without which there there can be no long term. You’ll need enough short-termism to get stuff done, and to stay alive. Long term But making things better requires that we make every decision with an eye to its long term consequences. Ask yourself how this decision…

12 Week Year: DriverlessCrocoGoals

Here’s an attempt at 12 Week Year-style goal setting for DC. I’m trying to keep it simple, and haven’t gone deeply into unpacking my goals and vision because I’m already committed to them and happy with them – so this is mainly about getting stuff done / execution. Writing Goals Overall Vision (“this will sound a bit vague”):To keep building…

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…