Hard conversations

…aren’t supposed to be easy. The person you need to have the conversation with might be a peer, a friend, a long-term colleague. The conversations are uncomfortable in the planning, in the preparation and in the aftermath – often because…

The problem vs your feelings about the problem

Are you dealing with a difficult maths problem or with difficult feelings about a maths problem? Is the struggle with the work itself, or with your feelings – apathy, disillusionment, fury – about doing it? It might help to shift…

Matt Mullenweg on distributed work

Here’s a short video with Matt Mullenweg, founder and CEO of Automattic*. He talks a bit about lessons he’s learned in running a distributed company, and why he calls his workforce distributed rather than remote. These are his tips for…

Motto (3): Work hard

Have fun, learn lots, work hard, be kind. Of course you should work smart. Automate what you can. Delegate and outsource to people who can do things better than you. Shamelessly avoid, or ruthlessly eliminate, the unnecessary. Then identify your…

A reading list for 2019

Here’s a DC-related hitlist for the first part of 2019… images link to Amazon UK. The Invisible Killer: The Rising Global Threat of Air Pollution – and How We can Fight Back – Garry Fuller A gift from Sharky. Necessary…

Compound interest

We all know about compound interest in the world of money. Save £100 a month for thirty years at one percent interest** and you’ll have a little under £42,000 by the end of that time (compared to £36,000 at zero-percent).…

Work: living in the middle

With types of work (work: generative; work: decisive) the virtue is in the mean.** One plants, births, grows, opens. The other prevents, kills, prunes, closes. And we have these gardens, between the wilderness and the desert. ** Aristotle

Work: executive / decisive

These are tasks that you can finish and be done with – at least for a time.  An annual report, paying a bill, creating a resource, completing a job, trying up loose ends. Getting these things done closes down options,…