Tag: Business

The disruption paralysis

How the idea that you’ve got to change the world leads to paralysis instead of action and inspiration. Just like analysis paralysis — overthinking a situation so that no action is ever taken — is real, the general idea that you’ve got to change the world and disrupt things is equally paralyzing. Making something useful is not enough anymore, you’ve got to change the world. Turn…

Spending the right amount of energy on the right problems

By recognizing the now, future and hypothetical problems There are the problems you have now, the problems you’ll have and the problems you might have. You can’t work simultaneously on all of them. Spend too much time on the now while ignoring the future and you’ll hit a wall eventually. Spend too much on all the things that might happen and you’ll…

The Great Deception

It’s inevitable. It happened in your last project and it will happen in the next one. It’s that moment when excitement and romance get replaced by questions, doubts, frustration and deception. I call that phase The Great Deception. It turns out that as human beings, we’re the only species with a brain capable of running simulations and feel emotions for things that…

Judging past decisions based on today’s facts

While it’s good to regularly reconsider and rethink the way things are done, judging decisions from the past based on the knowledge we have today is far too easy, far too common and quite useless. “Why is it this way? It doesn’t make sense!” “It’s ridiculous, why was this built like this?” “I wouldn’t have done it this way!” Decisions are usually…