External dependencies are a productivity killer and limit your potential.
Last night we went into downtown Baltimore and saw Jamie and Adam of MythBusters fame. This performance was much like last year, with the exception that last year we had backstage passes and got to meet them both. Though I have a lot of respect for Jamie, my admiration goes to Adam Savage. I listen to him regularly on his podcast (Untitled: The Adam Savage Project), follow him on Tested, and I love to see his involvement in the Maker community. He's engaging, genuine, very entertaining. Last night, while taking questions from the audience, he responded to someone who asked why they choose the methods they choose to test experiments. Adam said
In the spirit of science, there really is no such thing as a failed experiment. Any test that yields valid data is a valid test
Touche Mr. Savage. Though MythBusters is coming to an end in 2016, I look forward to seeing what you do next.
I've been working at LeadingAgile since mid 2012. Early on, Mike Cottmeyer (founder and CEO) said he wanted me (and others) to act like we're building our own mini LeadingAgiles. He has consistently said "make your decisions as though it was your company." The advice has served me well. Now, either you're committed to your company or organization or you're not. Either you're trying to help grow it and improve it or you're not. When I talk to others about what I do, related to short-term and long-term horizons, they ask me why I don't go start my own consultancy. That answer is simple. I don't want to! I believe in Mike's vision for the company and what LeadingAgile is doing. If you love what you're doing, it's not hard; it's not work.
What do I do?
- I manage accounts (deliver on our commitments)
- I continuously look for opportunities to help existing and future clients
- I continuously look for ways to improve LeadingAgile
- I keep my eyes out for local talent we can hire
- I maintain a sales funnel that I work every single day
- I occasionally write blog posts
- I engage people on Twitter every day
- I speak at events (semi-annually)
- I organize and host monthly meetup events
- I've organized a conference and will do more
But Derek, there isn't enough time in the day
This statement is complete and utter bullshit. Everyone is given an equal opportunity. You have 24 hours. How YOU choose to spend this resource is up to you. I get up every day at 5AM. I usually work until around 12AM. I work on the weekends. So, don't tell me there isn't enough time.
How we're wired
If you want to do your job and check out at 5pm, I'm not going to fault you. Do your job and do it with excellence. But don't try and bullshit me by telling me that you don't have the time to do things you want to do. You make time for the things that are important to you. There is not a lack of time. There is just a lack of conviction, drive, and grit.
I'm hearing a lot of hub-bub about people being offended by Starbuck's for not including more design on their red coffee cups during the holiday season. Merely having a red cup does not seem to be enough for some people. Being offended by this is creating a distraction from the real tragedy. The tragedy is Starbuck's coffee really isn't that good! People are offended because a corporate organization chooses not to do something extra? Seriously, this is your biggest gripe? How about asking them to put better coffee in the cup!? I'm offended that they continue to pass off this coffee as a premium product. It just doesn't taste that good. So, before Starbuck's goes off and starts printing blue cups for Hanukkah and some other colors or Ramadan or Diwali, they should try roasting some coffee worth paying premium prices for. A corporate organization has the right to not print whatever they want. The narcissists in our society need to accept that people are different and corporate organizations do not need to pander to them, just because they think they are different or special. You are not special or different, if you are drinking Starbuck's coffee. Get in line, order your pumpkin spice latte, and stop complaining that the cup is red or that they spelled your name wrong.
I was driving with my family when something caught my attention. A Mom-and-Pop garage was advertising the "pumpkin spice oil change is back". Images like this are classic Reddit (so of course I posted it there). In the last few years, I've notice pumpkin spice beer and pumpkin spice lattes showing up in every liquor store or coffee house. I roll my eyes to these each Fall almost as hard as my wife when she sees holiday decorations go up before Thanksgiving. Are we all realizing that pumpkin spice is as great as salt and pepper or is this just one more thing in our lives that goes a little too far? Has pumpkin spice jumped the shark?