Searching, instead of merely looking

“I will seek motivation, instead of lamenting its lack.” I wrote these words in my journal, having acknowledged the feeling that a day of forlorn activity beckoned. A quick look around at my life offered nothing in particular to get revved up about. No joyous event or pursuit leapt to mind. So I went searching. Actively enquiring. Looking for things to be grateful for and … Continue reading Searching, instead of merely looking

Your best effort, on this, again

I quote here directly from James Clear’s weekly 3-2-1 newsletter, which I love: “Improvement is a battle that must be fought anew each day.Your next workout doesn’t care how strong your last one was.Your next essay doesn’t care how popular your last one was.Your next investment doesn’t care how smart your last one was.Your best effort, again.” (Subscribe on James Clear’s website) Absolutely spot on. … Continue reading Your best effort, on this, again

Same thing, different words

Today I was pleased to read about carefully noting how our emotions drive us, in three different forums. Each was a independent variation on the same theme. This wasn’t a waste, because the theme is important and my brain, being an associative machine, absorbed the message better for quickly comparing, contrasting, and building connections across the different words. If there’s a message you want to … Continue reading Same thing, different words

Taken care of

One of the most helpful things I find with colleagues, is when I know they’ll just take care of something. Aligning expectations and setting up feedback loops helps, of course, but some people more readily demonstrate ownership of their work. Given a little direction they go a long way, checking in only for course correction and without a blow-by-blow account of the obstacles. They roam … Continue reading Taken care of

Breadth and depth

While I’ve been interviewing candidates recently, I’ve often described the ‘t-shaped individual’ that we like to hire. We find that specialist knowledge has limited application without the collaborative and inter-disciplinary skills to build effective teams. The candidates with breadth have often consciously pushed at the edges of their roles. They’ve embraced opportunity outside of their core skill set, and often wrestled a steep learning curve … Continue reading Breadth and depth

What you’re paying for

The same box of cereal can be bought in two stores near me for surprisingly different prices. But you’re not really paying for just the cereal. You might be supporting an employer to pay the living wage at the more expensive store. Choosing a firm that values people’s rights and collaboration, over presenteeism and automation. Aiding investment and innovation, instead of cashing in and copying … Continue reading What you’re paying for