Signing off for 2016

Thanks for your attention over the last year. It’s a privilege to show up in your inbox every week, and I don’t take it for granted. 

I was going to send you links to my most popular blogs from the last 12 months … but I actually have no idea how I’d measure that. So here are my favourites that I penned in 2016:

How to think about insurance

Risk is a notoriously difficult thing for the human brain to deal with. We’re just not good at knowing how to think about things that have a very small probability of happening … especially if that thing is really bad if it does happen. 

In an ideal world there would be an expert who could help us with that – some sort of risk management advisor who understands probability and is in our corner helping us evaluate and manage these risks. 

How to sell yourself (so it doesn't feel icky)

Within the Thought Leaders curriculum we use a number of different frameworks - basically documents that help us to carefully think through a problem and ensure that we 'cover all the bases'. One of the key frameworks we rely on is the Positioning Matrix. A thought leader's job is to think, sell, and deliver; and when you're selling, you're selling you. It can be difficult to know how to talk about yourself in a way that is inspiring but not arrogant, in a way that is relevant without being boring. 

So let's talk about this genius thing



My friend Ral has often been called a genius (admittedly by herself as much as anyone … but we make allowances given she has been to Harvard).  

Angela Duckworth, author of Grit, says that genius is greatness that isn’t necessarily effortless, but greatness that is earned. Something that you have accomplished, rather than something that is given to you. (And she’s got a fair bit of pretty compelling empirical evidence to support her point of view.)   

Natasha Pincus, author of I’m not a genius and so are you, agrees. She reckons that anyone can be a genius. Anyone with the will to be one.

Major in productivity

One of the things black belts seem to always talk about when they come together is productivity. To master the thought leaders practice game you need to get really good at getting things done.

I have been harping on about mojo a bit over the last few months and reckon that's a big part of personal productivity. No amount of a-b-c prioritising will overcome the sugar sleep or donut coma that comes from too many Krispy Kremes.