Two things happened in the UK this weekend: we had an uncharacteristically sunny weekend (the best this year, if not for several years) and the Wimbledon finals were on. This combination is a disaster for productivity, but what a glorious disaster it was.
I take no great pleasure in the fact that Bojan’s countryman was ceremonially crushed by my countryman (ok, I take a great deal of pleasure from it) but it was a great weekend to say “to hell with the todo list” and bask in the glorious sunshine eating strawberries and cream, revelling in an amazing (and rare) British sporting victory and enjoying the company of family.
What we have written
I’ve been thinking about how our ‘digital persona’ is defined by our app choices, and how the functions they perform are like digital equivalents of key parts of our anatomy (no, not those key parts). If you haven’t read it, check it out: Digital Anatomy of the Alpha Efficient
Bojan wrote about how he picked his life up and moved it to Chicago in Emergency Measures and Crisis Management. It’s a great read and sound advice to anyone trying to juggle ‘normal life’ with a big one-off event.
What I found interesting this week
Via the GTD Times feed I came across this article from Next Action associates called The President’s to-do list. It’s a fun yet thought-provoking piece speculating on whether the US President needs to up his game in productivity terms.
A friend pointed me to an article called 4 ways to power through tough projects, which I found a timely reminder and recommend to anyone who manages projects for a living.
Lastly, I enjoyed Wired’s (long) article When the World Becomes the Web, which comments on how we expect technology to become enmeshed in our daily lives. He has a bit of a downer on the Internet Fridge concept for some reason, but it’s a good thought piece.
Bojan sent me a link to a Walking with Larry episode: Not Written, Not Remembered. I enjoyed it, and will definitely be checking out other episodes. This particular episode considers ubiquitous capture, and a reminder to always have your preferred capture tool to hand.
I like the ‘bite-sized’ format (this episode is 3:55) and the informal feeling you get as Ed Dale (not sure what the “Larry” is in reference to) wanders through what is presumably some godforsaken chunk of Australian outback.
Those of you who remember that my Kindle was broken can heave a sigh of relief and know that I’m back in action with a shiny new Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi (my old Kindle was a Keyboard 3G). I’m pretty pleased with it so far, though I’m getting used to swiping the pages rather than pressing the buttons on the side.
The book I’m reading at the moment is Tribal Leadership, which I’ve wanted to read since hearing Tara Rodden-Robinson mention it on several occasions. It’s an exploration of how the way that people think about things impacts their ability to perform as a team.
At its most fundamental level the book proposes that there are five “stages” of what you might call “leadership thinking” and that the performance of an individual or team relates to which of these stages the participant(s) are at.
I found the book slow to start and was worried that it wasn’t giving me any great insight, but as I progressed into the chapters that explore each stage in detail it really got me thinking about my own stage and what I could differently to improve the capability of the team I manage.
I haven’t finished it yet, but I’m sufficiently far through to be able to recommend it, particularly if you manage a team.
Blog of the week
I’ve recently subscribed to Matthew Guay’s TechInch Magazine, which costs £1.49 / $1.99 per month, for which Matthew (@maguay on Twitter and ADN) promises you’ll get 2 issues. I’m all for supporting new up and coming writing, and Matthew’s looks promising. I recommend checking it out and at least sampling the 7-day free trial.