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How To Dance With Uncertainty

Yesterday, I read an article about the “One Key Thing” that separates successful people from unsuccessful people. The clickbaity title gives me an allergic reaction but the content within is still useful. The “one key thing” is an ability to face one’s fears. The prescribed technique to do so is a method championed by Tim […]

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The Biggest Challenge Yet

True to The Lean Startup principles, I’m conducting a retrospective to report what I’ve learned in the first six-week cycle of this humble effort to develop something useful. Here’s Lesson #4: Rock climbing is like anything; you start small. You have to gain some fundamental skills and learn your initial limitations. There are shortcuts but […]

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The Thrill of Readers by Your Side

True to The Lean Startup principles, I’m conducting a retrospective to report what I’ve learned in the first six-week cycle of this humble effort to develop something useful. Here’s Lesson #3: If you’re reading this, you have made my day. You and the others who read the things I’ve written here. For years, I’ve wanted […]

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Quality And Context – Must Have Both

True to The Lean Startup principles, I’m conducting a retrospective to report what I’ve learned in the first six-week cycle of this humble effort to develop something useful. Here’s Lesson #2: I think the chefs at P.F. Chang’s could make a great lasagna, something better than anything at Olive Garden. But they won’t make lasagna […]

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Lesson #1 from the First Six Weeks: Less But Better

True to The Lean Startup principles featured in Week #4, I’m conducting a retrospective to report what I’ve learned in the first six-week cycle of this humble effort to develop something useful. Here’s Lesson #1: It’s funny that I’m the person who champions Dieter Rams’ “Less But Better” ethic by writing 2,000 words about it. […]

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The Jump

The Jump What’s the worst that could happen? That’s what we ask our friends when they consider some adventurous jump into the unknown. Friend: I’ve got this job opportunity. But it’s only two years and it’s in South America. Should I take it? You: Sure! What’s the worst that could happen? The question feels so […]

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Everyone Strives. But Not In The Same Way.

Seth Godin said it best: you either seek validation or you seek to improve. You can’t seek both at the same time. It’s a great way to think about how you, as a person, strive. It’s also a dead-accurate way of understanding an organization. The organization faces the same dilemma as you do. Do they […]

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Publishing

In 1974, J.D. Salinger told the New York Times “There is a marvelous peace in not publishing … I like to write. I love to write. But I write just for myself and my own pleasure.” I’m no great novelist but I know what he means. Publishing is hard. When you publish, ship, release, or […]

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Beginnings

We all have something useful we can share every day, something that makes things better. We just need a showcase. I’ve created mine. It’s this new site called “Striving Strategically”. A strange name, maybe, but it will make sense over time. It is a place where I’ll try to share something useful as many days a […]

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