https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBgBy4vP_QE&feature=emb_logo It's easy to get distracted by our to-do lists. It's easy to overcommit ourselves and take on too much. What's hard is taking the time and focus to define an ultimate goal. That's a goal that can be stated in 10 words or so. Once we articulate an ultimate goal, all of the decisions … Continue reading What is your ultimate goal?
In the spirit of "helping people move their ideas forward," I often write about the future. Enjoy. Some gig workers want more rights. Some legislators want gig workers to have more rights. But Big Tech Companies that use gig workers have no incentive to give workers more rights. They see gig workers as the low … Continue reading Gig Workers are the v.1 Robot Army
https://youtu.be/ZToicYcHIOU I have struggled to find a meditation practice that works for me. I know that there are folks that go on meditation retreats and meditate for hours. That's not me and I don't think it ever will be. But I do enjoy checking in with myself and with my breath and "massaging" my amygdala. … Continue reading Ten Minute Meditation
Business, design, and engineering cultures have a record of looking to theater for inspiration. At any hip conference you will find at least one activity that draws on the art of improv. Improv encourages us to suspend disbelief and instead say, "Yes, and" to build on the ideas of others. Now that we find ourselves … Continue reading Looking to Theater for Inspiration
If you make things, then you know that the first time you try something, it isn't that good. Lorne Michaels says about SNL, "It has to be bad at first. Dress rehearsal is bad before it's good." In order to make things with a high level of craeft, we need to push through the discomfort … Continue reading It Has to be Bad at First
I used to think that in order to make meaningful change that we had to make changes at the systems level--make changes that affect hundreds or thousands of people. And while there's something to that, meaningful change can happen at a smaller scale as well. At that smaller scale, change is more focused and tailored. … Continue reading Small & Meaningful
I have two photo albums in which I've been saving screen shots of the Johns Hopkins COVID maps. I'm pinning them here for easy access. DAILY Screen Shots / March 19, 2020 - May 19, 2020 WEEKLY Screen Shots / May 24, 2020 - SOURCE https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html MORE Percentage of Positive Tests by State The COVID … Continue reading COVID MAPS & LINKS
There is a curious pattern that I observe in my own work and in the work of some of my peers. We struggle with faith. Logically we know we need it. It's helpful. But when we are deep in the mud struggling with a problem, we lose it. At that point, I guess one could … Continue reading Is Losing Faith Helpful?
Michael Bungay Stanier's book The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More, and Change the Way You Lead Forever is a great read. In it, the author combines high-level management concepts with clear guidelines on how to transition from old habits to new, more effective ones. The author names some common bad habits such as, “The … Continue reading The Coaching Habit
I see a lot of people moving through daily life like everything is ok. I get it. I mean, what other option do we have? We get up. We put our pants on one leg at a time (or not), we count our belssings, and we do what we gotta do. But the problem with … Continue reading Pretending that Everything is OK is Stressful