First from the source, then from the sides: Seth Godin on how change happens

Your wishes are pure, the change is important, and it’s going to make things better. And you probably believe that things would be better if everyone got on board. But everyone won’t. Everyone won’t hear you. They won’t understand you. And most of all, they won’t act. … Sooner or later, the culture changes. But not because you brought everyone…

Strategy (7): interlude – strategy and scarcity

This is the seventh post in a series – start here. There will never be enough time, tools, people, or other resources to achieve everything you want to do – especially in the face of everything that everybody else wants to do. The practice of strategy helps us live with this scarcity by managing it: Eliminating possibilities, either permanently… or…

To do list as practice (3): stimulus and response

Post 1 on to do lists Stimulus Stop! Catch yourself! That, right there – the moment when you finish work without reviewing your list, and then start work the next day without (re-)reviewing it, is the moment you lose track of your to do list. The next thing you know you’ll be caught in the discipline death spiral, denied even…

To do list as practice (2)

Post 1 on to do lists The card system … is what’s working for me at the moment. This is how it works: In the morning, first thing (or after the meeting that you do first thing), write all the things you have to do on an index card. This should be done with reference to your strategic plan (at…

To do list as practice (1)

I’m coming to the conclusion that how you manage your to do list – on paper, in a calendar, on an app, in your head – is that important. Rather, what’s important is the practice (hooray! another practice) of actually using it and keeping it current. Specifically, taking ten minutes as early as possible in your working day and ten…

Strategy (6): Strategy and intentions

This is the sixth post in a series – start here. Definition of Strategy (as a skill or activity): Strategy is the practice of making, implementing and reviewing big-picture plans (strategies) with the intention of increasing the chances or speed at which you’ll achieve your major goals. Good intentions Strategic plans are usually based on what things are like now,…

Strategy (5): Strategy is about plans (part 3)

This is the third part of the fifth post in a series – start here. Definition of Strategy (as a skill or activity): Strategy is the practice of making, implementing and reviewing big-picture plans (strategies) with the intention of increasing the chances or speed at which you’ll achieve your major goals. The second creation Planning may seem humdrum but it’s…

Strategy (5): Strategy is about plans (part 2)

This is the second part of the fifth post in a series* – start here. Definition of Strategy (as a skill or activity): Strategy is the practice of making, implementing and reviewing big-picture plans (strategies) with the intention of increasing the chances or speed at which you’ll achieve your major goals. Strategic plans provide structure Planning is also about structuring…

Strategy (5): Strategy is about plans (part 1)

This is the fifth post in a series – start here. Definition of Strategy (as a skill or activity): Strategy is the practice of making, implementing and reviewing big-picture plans (strategies) with the intention of increasing the chances or speed at which you’ll achieve your major goals. The most important things The main purpose of strategy is to help you…

On pushing through ambiguity

Ambiguity makes simple tasks hard. It often occurs when: You don’t know what’s required (at all), and don’t know how to find out You know who could tell you but can’t contact them The information you have is incomplete The information you have is unclear The information appears complete but you have reasons (experience, competing information, rumour) not to trust…