creating space for focus and flow
In my previous post I wrote about the challenges of the modern workplace.
Such challenges are especially relatable for knowledge workers, but from people I've spoken to across industries and trades, it seems that many of us can relate to some extent.
Inspired by Cal Newport's latest book Deep Work (which admittedly I haven't . . .
Against the Modern Workplace
The modern workplace can be an existential minefield.
Urgent trumps important.
Productivity trumps true value.
Multi-tasking trumps single-minded focus.
Interruption trumps silence.
Notifications trump airplane mode.
Meetings trump flow.
Their agenda trumps your agenda.
Before you know it, your days are sliced up into a million pieces.
It . . .
We've all heard the golden rule:
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
What if we treated ourselves with the same respect?
I propose the aluminum rule:
"Treat yourself the way you would like to treat others."
Before we can reliably share our best selves with the world, we must first learn to treat our . . .
Readings for all of us
So the six of us who were together all selected readings to share with each other over our last dinner of the year.
I have compiled those readings, along with a few other selections into a readable, printable, . . .
Earlier this week I was on a panel for the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network about preparing for investment. I sat on the panel with Brad Zenger who happens to chair our Board,and Terry St. Marie, who is one of our investors (indirectly through the Oregon Angel Fund).
We had lunch and a conversation with 15 early stage entrepreneurs, almost all . . .
My Gramps died last Tuesday at the age of 86. You can read his obituary here.
I love this part:
Peter lived with unending humility, sweetness of heart, dry and clever humor, loyalty and love. He gracefully demonstrated the true meaning of appreciation and gratitude through his actions and words every single day, to his very . . .