Traction on

Day 26: Tuesday 14 February

One of the remarkable things about iterative creative work, be it design, writing or building something, is that one day you can be spinning your wheels, not getting anywhere and then the next the work just tumbles out without any trouble at all. On the days when seemingly you’re going nowhere, keep going, it’s that hard work that will pay dividends later on. It’s the seed from which your endeavour will grow.

Today was one of those days. A day when the work just tumbled out. No friction (to mix a metaphor), just clear thinking and insight. Posted online. Scheduled online. And ready to be emailed.

I suspect, as an aside, the illness played a role in the lack of traction over a few days. Noting, the opposite of traction is distraction.

Persuading the Unpersuadable

When leaders lack the wisdom to question their convictions, followers need the courage to persuade them to change their minds.

Adam Grant

A useletter on gratitude for teams

…Practicing gratitude as a team has numerous benefits.

  • It boosts happiness and reduces stress. You can’t be angry, resentful or envious and grateful at the same time.
  • It builds mental resilience.
  • You can read more about the science, but all you need to know is that it improves your physical and psychological health, you seep better and positively contributes to self-esteem. Most importantly it’s more effective when it’s shared with others…

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