Uncertain, unprecedented: every week in 2020 forced organizations to adapt—in many cases overnight—to a remote workforce, changing consumer demands, fluctuating government restrictions, employee struggles. At NOBL, we wanted to look beyond the headlines to help leaders navigate this unique moment in history, and assess whether responses were quick fixes to immediate problems, or more permanent shifts in how business is done. View the full post, including a direct link to the slides.
A craftsperson is someone who practices a trade or discipline with the ultimate goal of mastery. Anyone, in any discipline, can be a craftsperson if they so choose. Each and every one of us has the capacity to do good work of some kind. I myself am a consultant by trade and the founder of a consulting company. I approach my work as a craftsperson (and it so happens I was raised by multiple generations […]
This looks like a bowl of spaghetti, but it’s helpful for me to understand the consulting model as a system. When we ask, “How do we get more new clients?” it’s useful to know what influences that outcome. Obviously, all models are flawed, but this one is helpful to us. Can you draw your business model as a system?
The Romans were a group of people who lived a long time ago and had a funny way of keeping count. They also had a penchant for crucifixion. Crucifixion was the best idea at the time for making people suffer and die. If you did it right, crucifixion could take four days to die from. Roman soldiers used to stab people who were already suffocating on the cross because it hurried things along. You see, […]
When Dylan went electric, the world turned against him. I love hearing what that was like from the inside. If you’ve ever felt like you’d been pursuing a new creative path and the world was ignoring you or against you, this is a must watch.
Anthony Bourdain purportedly died today. A suicide. He was a man of vices and demons, worn proudly and used (mostly) productively. I don’t believe there’s anything after death, but Bourdain took his last epic voyage into that unknown space today. If there is a place beyond, he’s soaking it in, listening to the locals, and following his stomach to its lesser trod corners. It’s quaint to call him an inspiration. He was a fantasy. At […]
Writing is taking an enormous bowl of cooked spaghetti, untangling the noodles one at a time, meticulously placing them end to end, and returning them to their uncooked state so the reader can do that for themselves. Me.
And still I urge you to struggle. Struggle for the memory of your ancestors. Struggle for wisdom. Struggle for the warmth of The Mecca. Struggle for your grandmother and grandfather, for your name. But do not struggle for the Dreamers. Hope for them. Pray for them, if you are so moved. But do not pin your struggle on their conversion. The Dreamers will have to learn to struggle themselves, to understand that the field for […]
Teams make lots of decisions. Important decisions. Trivial decisions. Urgent decisions. Wide-ranging decisions. But teams very rarely ever think about HOW they decide. Startups generally start with consensus and either keep relying on it as they scale which slows them down OR they fall back on a single leader who, as the company grows, becomes less and less equipped to see all aspects of the business. We made this team decision making tool to help […]
I am an immortal soul tied to the body of a dying animal. Philip K. Dick, paraphrasing W.B. Yeats.
Falsehood diffused significantly farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly than the truth in all categories of information, and the effects were more pronounced for false political news than for false news about terrorism, natural disasters, science, urban legends, or financial information. Soroush Vosoughi, Deb Roy, Sinan Aral.
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My niche perspective is this: in the Army, firearms are much more heavily regulated than in civil society. How can so many enthusiastic gun owners say that they hold the military as a model, and yet not accept the strict regulations that go with the military’s use of firearms? […] This is another facet of rights without responsibility, or privilege without duty. A note from an Army Officer and reader of The Atlantic.
I feel so late to the Gregory Porter train.
This is code red. The biggest threat to the integrity of our democracy today is in the Oval Office. Thomas L. Friedman.
Announcing your plans is a good way to hear god laugh. Al Swearengen. I’ve stopped believing I can dictate the terms of my opportunities. Alma Garret. On my third (or fourth?) watching of Deadwood. It really does get better each time.
Foreign affairs is like sex—if you loudly announce that you will always come first, you’re going to have trouble finding partners. John Oliver.
Reality is that which when you stop believing in it, it doesn’t go away. Philip K. Dick.