5 Things 10 Feb 2017

5 Things 10 Feb 2017

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Each week I hear, see and experience things which could be of benefit for others. Picking up on an idea from Tim Ferris – I thought I’d do a short blog to share some of them.  He shares his every week. I suspect mine will be a little more sporadic. Here goes.

Blog post I really enjoyedIs the money in the tin? I met Steve Sutherland the author of this post a few years ago and he mentioned this story. It’s great that Steve has taken the time to share it with a wider audience. Using the tin analogy can be a helpful test when you get ahead of yourself when thinking what progress has really been achieved.


Fortune cookie wisdomDedicate yourself with a calm mind to the task at hand. At the end of a belated Chinese new-year dinner I received this little beauty. I’d spent a day flitting from activity to activity without too much tangible progress. Felt like a timely reminder.


Website and app that got me thinkingStickk. A nice solution to ‘encourage’ your motivation towards a goal. Their approach is to draw on the power of loss aversion.  Essentially you determine a goal, and nominate a sum of money for a cause that you don’t like. Next find someone you trust who will referee your performance towards the goal. If don’t do what you’ve committed to the cause gets your cash. Of course, you don’t need Stickk to do this. However, they do have extra motivational bells and whistles. Worth considering for those new-year commitments that perhaps have fallen by the wayside?


Billboard challenge. Saw this quote outside a church “the problem with the world is that intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid people are full of confidence” – Charles Bukowski. I’ve sat in several meetings over the last week where I’ve pondered this as different people have spoken. What could you be doing as a leader to help mitigate doubts in the people you lead?


Prioritisation tip. This one courtesy of Tim Ferris. When faced with a list of tasks with competing priorities try the following criteria to help cut through the complexity. Ask yourself which of these tasks would make the others easier or unnecessary? It can help bubble to the surface what to do next.




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