Professionals Don’t Change Hats, They Change Positions

When you work with people, especially if you’re leading them, situations change and you have to adapt. The most useful thing to know is where we stand in relation to those we're working with. This is positioning. Instead of putting on different hats to represent different roles and responsibilities, thinking in terms of positioning allows … Continue reading Professionals Don’t Change Hats, They Change Positions

When Self-Awareness Is Just Selfish-Talk

Yeah, I've noticed things are broken and passively ignored them before. Let he who hasn't cast the next stone through the already broken abandoned factory windows. Tasha Eurich is the kingpin of self-awareness research. She recently tweeted this Alan Mulally quote, If you don’t have a vision, a smart strategy, and a detailed plan to … Continue reading When Self-Awareness Is Just Selfish-Talk

Podcast Of The Week: Strategic Stratechery

Every now and then Ben Thompson lets an article/podcast out from behind his paywall, and if you’re interested in strategy, you’ll want to take note.* There’s a lot of technical and jargony stuff going on here, but listen (or read) "Cloudflare's Disruption" and focus on this core concept: A small company (Cloudflare) is figuring out … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Strategic Stratechery

The Future Is Like The Present, Only Longer

Sometimes we get so scared of the future we make our present utterly miserable. Baseball player Dan Quisenberry went full Yogi Berra when he said, “The future is much like the present, only longer.” What we want to accomplish tomorrow needs to start today. Whatever tomorrow brings turns into our next today. Most of (basic) … Continue reading The Future Is Like The Present, Only Longer

When It Rains, Get Wet

RZA said one of the best pieces of advice he ever heard came from Quincy Jones: “When it rains, get wet.” If something good is happening, partake. And not “good” meaning perfect, or positive, or not confusing, but… natural. Don’t grab an umbrella, don’t run inside, don’t hide from the tide - if it starts … Continue reading When It Rains, Get Wet