Stay in your lane

April 10, 2021
When I was growing up in Arizona, we had a swimming pool in our back garden (our “backyard”, to use the American term). I remember well the day we moved into that particular house - we’d just moved from California, and it was the height of summer in Arizona - July or A...
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I was listening to a podcast the other morning on my walk (this is becoming a standard thing I say now, “i was listening to a podcast”), and the speaker (Blair Enns) was talking about the two different levels of work, from your early days when you’re just getting start...
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So, asking questions is easy, right? You just… ask them.  See what I did there? I asked a question which presumed an answer...and also opened the way for some of you to think “wait, there’s something more behind what she’s saying...I think she’s saying it...
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Last week we had a 3 day team retreat, and it was amazing and inspiring and difficult and challenging and we did things wrong and we did things right.  As a team, we read the book Creativity Inc by Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar. (Side note: one of the best busine...
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“I just trust my gut”, you think.  You hire someone you feel right about, and reject to the ones you don’t.  A new prospect says and does a few things which feel dodgy, but seems like a nice guy, so you take him on as a client anyway. Many weeks or months lat...
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When you hear yourself (or someone else) say this phrase, it’s actually all over.  The supplier. The company you hired. The employee. The strategic partner. The accountant. The client. The advisor. The minister. The author. The influencer. The lecturer. The date. The....
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This image is me. In every major achievement in my life, I’ve gotten cold feet or slowed down or hesitated or got sick or something, right before the end. Depending on how significant the achievement is, it might be a day or a week before I get there, or it might...
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100 days, no shortcuts

January 23, 2021
Want to get better at something?  Do it every day for 100 days.  That’s it, that’s the Note.  Okay...you know me, that’s not completely it. Naturally I have more to say. But if you read nothing else, grasp that. If you’re going to get better at somethi...
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Red lights, greenlights

January 14, 2021
When I was younger, in America, we used to play a game called “red light green light”. Everyone would line up at one end of the field, or the room, or a wide open space.  One person would stand at the front, staring ahead and not able to see those behind them, and s...
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Are you off, or "off off"?

December 18, 2020
You’re exhausted. Some of you have literally taken only a few days’ holiday in the entire year (or since March anyway).  It’s time for a rest - a real one. An honest to goodness, don’t check emails or Slack or messages or even social media or your phone, rest.&n...
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