Technology Darwinism

Automattic, the makers of this blogging platform, WordPress, bought Tumblr for less than 2% of it’s previous acquisition price of $1.1B. The hype has  died with another platform. And technology darwinism, survival of the fittest, the tried and true, is brutally pervasive. Social can make you feel like something is happening. But, it’s hard toContinue reading “Technology Darwinism”

Don’t Hold the Hot Potato

We remember the game as kids. The hot potato moved around the group and your job was to touch it and pass it. You were part of the game of movement. You lose if you hold on too long. When you are dealing with information, you are holding the hot potato. The next person needsContinue reading “Don’t Hold the Hot Potato”

How to Be a Resource Maven

Today, we have too much information and technology, not too little. And information and tools are cheap and accessible. You can create value for others by curating information and sharing it specifically and personally. Sure, people share on social media, but it gets drowned out and is hard to consider in the scrolling sea ofContinue reading “How to Be a Resource Maven”

Be a Ruthless Pruner

We are always working on yesterday’s commitments. And when we have committed, it’s so easy to make those decisions sacred. Such reverence for our past commitments builds up continual clutter, drag and mediocrity in our work and lives. Without knowing it, we are managing many subpar projects, possessions and relationships at the cost of whatContinue reading “Be a Ruthless Pruner”

The Weekly Checklist

I like to keep two checklists that I execute to keep my business moving: Weekly Checklist – Actions that have to get done each week for operations Daily Checklist – What is foundational to my personal and business goals Business tends to run on a weekly cadence. The ritual of keeping a weekly checklist ensuresContinue reading “The Weekly Checklist”

Loving The Main Thing

“The main thing Is to keep the main thing the main thing.” ~ Stephen Covey Keeping on the rails is so hard when our brain loves to pull us to distractions. It’s not only the distractions, but we are barraged by other people’s demands and priorities continually. The main thing  to do can easily getContinue reading “Loving The Main Thing”

Set Important Decisions to Opt-out

There is such a thing as decision fatigue. Your willpower and ability to make effective decisions changes over the course of a day from mental weariness. When it comes to trying to respond and keep up with the demands of knowledge work, it’s hard to stay sharp and it’s easy to push out things thatContinue reading “Set Important Decisions to Opt-out”

Updating My Daily Routine

“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” – Darren Hardy Our habits define us. I like to tweak how I approach days and I experiment with my habits continually. These days, I have a few things that getContinue reading “Updating My Daily Routine”

Always Monitor Relevance

I went through a lot of old digital files recently in my Google Drive as part of a pruning day. I had everything from client projects from years ago to books I was working on to consulting and coaching tools for strategy. The vast majority of information was irrelevant to what I am doing today.Continue reading “Always Monitor Relevance”