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predictability


buffalo wild wings just opened a new store around the corner from me this week. the restaurant looks the same as any other BW3 i’ve been to in various locations, cities, and states. the wings taste the same, the food came out in the same amount of time, and i was greeted with the same

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that’s why you gotta do it


i was speaking with one of my direct reports yesterday about a task i had given them to do. my directions were simple and clear, the timeline relevant, and yet it still wasn’t completed. i sent a quick reminder about the task being due, noting that it had yet to be done, and they responded:

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what about after?


big projects are a whirlwind. it usually starts with a grand idea: some way you plan to change the world, or at least your little slice of it. there are whiteboards and idea journals and sticky notes and meetings and energy seeping out of every pore. then you start building. you map out requirements and

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failing intentionally


one of the best books i’ve read on management is actually about a football (soccer) coach. pep guardiola: the evolution, by martí perarnau discusses a lot of the tactical side of the game, but it’s much more than that. this book about how you develop your team’s ideology and strategy (“never do what the other

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‘john was here’


there’s a car in my parking deck which has been sitting around in the same spot for some time now, gathering up dirt and pollen in a rather thick coating over the entire vehicle. i pass by it every day, but today i noticed ‘shake was here’ written in the grime of the windshield. it

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scaling success


you’ve probably seen the blog posts before: “successful people all have these things in common.” they will tell you successful people wake up and start their day before anyone else does. successful people read more books than normal people read. successful people don’t waste their time on social media. successful people work harder and take

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rocks and hard places


some situations present you with a few potential options, none of which are particularly all that desirable. you know that one or more people, projects, or programs will be adversely impacted no matter which choice you make. still, you also know decisions must be made because that’s part of being a leader. unfortunately, this knowledge does nothing to help alleviate the

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the magic table


there is a particular table in my apartment building right by the elevators. almost every day there is something new on it. cookies, hairspray, tupperware containers, canned foods, magazines, newspapers… all kinds of things free for the taking. someone who didn’t know any better may guess it’s a magic table. leave it unattended long enough and

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‘i accomplished nothing today’


of course you did, though it may not be what you were hoping to accomplish. some days—especially when our task list is long and complex—it can feel as though we haven’t made much progress when we close our laptop lids and head home for the day. it’s these times we need to focus on all

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‘where the real joy is’


A coach should approach his work like a craftsman, not like a shop steward. That’s where the real joy is. We are the artisans of the training and formation of sportsmen and should be more concerned with the progress they make rather than the results they achieve. It is the process that matters, not the

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