Zoom all the way out. Let go of everything for a moment. There is nothing more important than laughing together. This is the space of memories.

Space is personal. Some space shouldn’t be filled. Let it be empty. Leaving space alone lets you continue to think about what to do with it.

The best leaders don’t make you feel like they’re leading, they make you feel like you’re learning.

Great ideas have a simple story. You can’t just have a great idea. You have to tell its story - a simple story. It’s a story others can tell themselves almost immediately in their own words. That simple.

Lead with questions or you’re just reacting.

What Does Your Success Pre-Game Look Like?

A look out the window. The whistling kettle. Quiet reflection. Reading. Coffee or tea. Music. Movement. It’s all pre-game.

There’s more to it but this rough sequence is a blueprint for my morning routine. The repetition. The pattern. It creates the space to think about what I need to accomplish to finish the day where I want to end up. It helps me look into the future, to consider what I’m willing push into tomorrow. 

What’s your pre-game look like? What do you rely on every morning? What’s setting you up for success each new day?

Performing — making something complete through transformation — is considerably more nuanced than mere achievement.


In philosophysystems theoryscience, and artemergence is the way complex systems and patterns arise out of a multiplicity of relatively simple interactions.

Read: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergence

You see emergent compositions. A thin, light grid overlays everything. Gradient fills the space between things. You are a designer.

be a synapse

The act of sharing is one output of what you’re learning. When you share well, you not only share the “thing” (content) but also relevance (context) to those around you, making everyone incrementally smarter. This is the connected, meta-development that social media can facilitate exceptionally well with each new update/post. If you think something is relevant, it probably is. Explaining that relevance is a sort of “learning API” for others to connect to. So, like, be a synapse and stuff… 

the power of help

Help is a powerful word. It’s something you exclaim, something you ask for, something you give. Help is human.  

Snap goin’ ham!

Snapchat is so fascinating. Really reminds me of early Twitter, people were like WTF is it? You’d explain it and they’d still be like WTF is it? Snapchat is like a modern day visual Twitter flip-book, one that totally embraces the fleeting throw-away culture du jour. No regard for content worth keeping. But is that really any different than anything else these days? How often do you actually reference archives of any kind anymore? If I *made* you choose one, would you pick what’s best (now) or what’s next (coming soon)? There’s no wrong answer and I’m not judging you right now, OK maybe a little  It may be hard to build a sustainable ecosystem around something designed to be discarded, and novelty seems to have a shorter shelf-life than ever. BUT keep the stream growing and soon we’ll see throw-away (think:time sensitive) “snap-vertising.” I’m totally coining that… The real trouble I have is it’s based on what teens are doing ‘right now,’ and teens are a major reason social media is so fickle. It’s hard to imagine a practical adult utility for Snapchat and maybe that will keep the grown-ups away long enough to evolve into something worth actually keeping. But the minute you get a friend request from your mom on Snapchat it could become a ghost town for the younger demographic. Do you want future spenders or established ones? Probably both, but there’s the tension. FB is all good on baby boomers and hemorrhaging teens and this young dude isn’t about to get Instagram’d

You can’t afford not to hustle here. #NYC Zoom

You can’t afford not to hustle here. #NYC

“There is no credible evidence that learning styles exist,” wrote University of Virginia cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham and co-author Cedar Riener. While students do have preferences about how they learn, the evidence shows they absorb information just as well whether or not they encounter it in their preferred mode.


"Yes" is a toxin.

Yes. Yes is a contract. Yes is agreement. Yes is easy to say. It shows you want to help. That’s a good thing. But yes can also be a performance toxin when it’s used recklessly. It’s such a simple word but one that implies so much. It can quickly morph into a flesh-eating bacteria if it isn’t managed well. Yes carries with it something that can result in wasted time & effort if not properly defined together… expectations. So next time you say “yes,” immediately follow with “Now let’s talk about what ‘yes’ looks like.”