More, quicker, easier – kind of

You can do five pretty easy tasks, pretty quickly. They won’t have much impact, but you’d have ticked them off the to-do list and that’d feel pretty good. Today. Or you can do that one hard task. It’ll make a difference, but it demands more time and effort, and you’ll feel uncomfortable – today. What will count for more, what will feel better, tomorrow? Continue reading More, quicker, easier – kind of

Be annoyed then, or not

That thing you anticipate that’s got you all wound up and annoyed – well it hasn’t happened yet. If you’re annoyed in anticipation, then you’re impacting all the things happening right now that deserve your full attention. So, use the intervening time wisely. Be annoyed when the time comes. Better yet, work out how to avert the situation or respond well. Be effective when the … Continue reading Be annoyed then, or not

Being right and being helpful

They’re not always the same. If you’ve got right of way and drive into the path of someone who hasn’t seen you, that’s not helpful. If you have more accurate information than someone else, but you withhold it so you can look good later, that’s not helpful. If the work can be completed satisfactorily, but you’re forcing folks to spend exhausting hours sweating inconsequential detail, … Continue reading Being right and being helpful

Mistakes and losses

I read today that it “is no coincidence that Einstein, who made the most discoveries, also made the greatest number of mistakes”. Elsewhere, Neil Pasricha has written this as “lose more to win more”. Time and again, successful folks pass on the message that there is no straightforward road to success. We must be open to failure, course correction, and new information. Humility helps. Courage … Continue reading Mistakes and losses

Honest mistakes

The more I’ve read about great people accomplishing great things, in their own words where possible, the clearer it is that they’ve made their share of mistakes. Not big political divide style mistakes where ideology is the judge of what’s right and wrong. Personally recognised mistakes, that honest self-accounting has shown up. It’s liberating for me, learning of these. If we show up wanting to … Continue reading Honest mistakes