Posts in the category “Creating an Impact”

The problem with grinding

Creating an Impact

Are we successful because we grind? Or in spite of it? Learn how the grind might be holding you back instead of giving you the boost we might expect.

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Get the results you want more often by reducing friction

How can we combine our knowledge of human behavior with critical thinking to give our customers, our teams, and ourselves the best chance for success?

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Planning vs. Execution: How much planning is too much?

How do we know we’ve planned enough? It’s impossible to plan perfectly, but a solid plan is still critical for getting things done.

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First, Get Ready: What Mise En Place Teaches Us About... Everything

The best chefs rely on mise en place to guarantee every meal comes out right. It’s also a killer productivity hack. Here’s how you can start using it today.

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The Ugly Other Half of Creativity

If we hope to turn our Big Ideas™ into meaningful progress, we need to become ruthless, murderous editors.

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Automation + Control: Progressive Disclosure of Complexity

How can we design systems that are friendly to beginners, but accessible to experts? There’s no one-size-fits-all solution — we need layers of abstraction.

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Yak Shaving: On Doing the Work Before the Work

Yak shaving, meta-work, and why they might just be the most important part of making meaningful progress.

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Level Setting: Solve the Right Problem at the Right Time

If we want to solve problems effectively, we need to know which part of the problem to focus on at what time — and when to shift focus elsewhere.

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Dirt Floors: How to Stop Putting Out Fires and Solve the Real Problem

What do dirt floors have to do with going to school? And what does any of that have to do with working more effectively?

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