Building trust by showing up

If it matters to you, support it by showing up when it’s happening. Come – bringing a good version of yourself* – whether you feel like it or not. Seek to contribute. Ask how you can help. Tell others. When a crisis happens, step up. In between crises, do things that will reduce the likelihood of the same thing happening…

Making it happen

There’s a fine line between (a) planning your work, pacing yourself, and sticking to your office hours and ( b) when the time comes, doing what it takes to make the thing happen and get it over the finish line. Both are important. (a) is where you should live; (b) is where you need to go when something important arrives…

Vanishing time

Have a look at your calendar for the month ahead. Observe its gentle slopes and rolling plains. Time. Space. Empty air. Enjoy the illusion: the days ahead will never – ever – be this free by the time you reach them. Those foothills will remain distant, blue remembered hills, just beyond the present; those plains elusive as gazelles. In their…

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…

Seth Godin on perfect vs “good enough”

Now we get to my favourite sneak question… What does perfect look like? I would like you to list, when your project is working perfectly, exactly what is it? – What kind of profit does it have? – Who loves it? – What shape is it? – What colour is it? – What do the reviews say? Whatever is important…

Tim Ferriss on time management as priority management

This is a piece of advice from The Four Hour Work Week that I need to re-learn and re-apply on a regular basis: Slow down and remember this: Most things make no difference. Being busy is a form of laziness – lazy thinking and indiscriminate action. Being overwhelmed is often as unproductive as doing nothing, and is far more unpleasant.…

The discipline death spiral

You make a bad decision (because everybody does).* You get busy fixing it – on top of all the other things you were already doing. You get tired and distracted. You start doing less of the right things, less well, and in more of a hurry. Because you’re in a hurry, you do less well in your interactions with people.…

Buzzy (Bee to Bee)

… is great when you’re working on your own, bashing through emails or making something. It’s less good when you’re making important decisions, working with groups of people or dealing with situations that require listening, sensitivity and thoughtfulness. Whether it’s caffeine or adrenaline, try to buzz at the right times… Or to do the right kind of work when you…

Back-to-back

Back to back meetings are a bad idea: Unless you or the chairperson is really good, you’re almost certain to be running late at the end of the first meeting. You need time – at least half an hour – to slow down, wrap up your thoughts from the old meeting, and get your head ready for the next one.…