The frameworks and processes we use should support the work we do and help us reach our goals. Sometimes they get out of hand and actually hinder us. The good news is there are ways to stop this. Have you seen this poster before? It highlights a well defined low level process which goes against the greater good. It's powerful in its simplicity but also in its … [Read more...] about Avoid Fires and Stop Meaningless Process Destroying your Intent
How often do you get the fear? What do I mean by fear? How about the knot I got in my stomach just before I plunged out of plane on a parachute jump? It’s more than the brain logically planning to avoid danger, you’re whole body feels it, a foreboding about what’s coming next. Working in IT means sudden severe physical dangers are unlikely. But aversion to fear continues to … [Read more...] about Overcome Fear by Writing like You Code
Do you procrastinate? Do you put things off? Are you misleading yourself, saying you will do something but then avoiding it? Even the word procrastinate has a certain deceptiveness about it, just like it’s meaning, Avoiding work. Procrastination is 5 syllables, it makes it sound almost scientific like there’s a real justification. What you’re really doing is no work but … [Read more...] about Beating Procrastination with a Pomodoro Tweak
“A talent stack is the overall value or sum of an individual's skills and talents.” (Ben Ford) Scott Adams (author of Dilbert) hinted at this in an older blog post. Being the best at the world at one single thing is almost impossible. Becoming good (e.g. top 25%) at two things can be more valuable and also far easier. This can be extended further to additional skills. Even … [Read more...] about What’s your talent stack?
The buzz of the conference is over. The excitement and energy have faded. A few questions remain. What did I learn? How will it help me? How will it help others? What will I now do differently? Well first of all. TEDxFrankfurt was a great success. A great opening from Simon Anholt. An outlandish demo from Greg Gage (even if it was verging on animal cruelty). A perfect ending … [Read more...] about TEDx Frankfurt 2016 Review