Bravery Manifesto

To have my chin up even when I don’t know where I’m going
To listen because I’m heard
To help because I’m able
To be excited for others because together, we’re powerful
To share because I’m privileged
To laugh at myself because sometimes things just happen
To be okay with maybes and I don’t knows
To more quickly adapt because this is the quickest path to growth

A Simple Question To Keep Us Moving Forward

Solving any problem successfully requires continuous action despite all difficulties.

Sometimes difficulty arises as doubt. A single doubt can quickly manifest into debilitating fear. It can entrap us in a negative mindset that nudges us back into our old habits of resistance.

We should greet each doubt with a friendly curiosity that asks “what’s the simplest thing we can do next?” This simple tactic helps us see doubt for what it is — A guide for the next possible action. And by continuously deflecting doubt through action, we can continue our movement towards success.

Real Leadership is Built on Trust

Being positive all the time doesn’t work

If you think always having a smile on your face will boost or maintain team morale, you’re wrong. It will work for some time, however, when cracks begin to show you’ll find yourself on the receiving end of really tough questions like “were you aware of this?” and “why didn’t you let us know sooner?”

This puts you in a worse place than you would be in if you just spoke up about the issues at hand. It’s not easy to open up about problems because you don’t want your team to get discouraged. However, having your team temporarily upset is so much better than having your team distrust you.
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Rapid Growth

For every single observation there are an infinite number of explanations.

Through rapid testing we can discover the minimum effective dose for continuous growth. We have to:

1. Select the best possible hypothesis. It’s too early to presume failure. Our intuition is driving us towards a single explanation for a reason. Our best bet is to run with it. It’s detrimental to demand 100% certainty now.

2. Test this hypothesis. A lot of the work lies in this stage. It’s a series of experiments tying back to the principle validator, the hypothesis. If we discover the hypothesis to be falsey, we have not lost. We’ve eliminated a bad apple.

3. Rinse and repeat. The chunk of the work is here. Through every previous experiment, we’ve opened new doors of perception that empower us to make even better hypotheses. How can we grow?

Entity vs Incremental Intelligence

What you believe about intelligence has a huge impact on how you deal with failure.

Turns out that if you believe intelligence evolves with hard work, you’re more likely to have a desire to learn. You’ll persist in the face of failure, embrace challenges and listen to criticism. This is called incremental intelligence.

By believing that intelligence is fixed and unchangeable, you’re more likely to have a desire to look smart. You’ll avoid challenges, give up quickly, see effort as useless and ignore feedback. This is called entity intelligence.

Doesn’t incremental intelligence sound a lot like what every successful person says in an interview? That’s because those that hold this view are more resilient.

It’s your civic duty to adopt the incremental theory and share it liberally. Praise yourself, your loved ones and colleagues on their effort. Entrust in them the importance of hard work so they can develop perseverance. Your creative voice and theirs is needed.

You can NEVER plan enough; Become adaptable

Planning is important. You need to determine the tools and resources you’ll need. You need to identify all of the project’s dependancies. You need to recognize the roadblocks that lay ahead. You need to create a schedule with executable tasks. You need to do all of this.. roughly.

A perfect plan does not exist. Dare I iterate over the famous adage by Voltaire and say, a perfect plan is the enemy of the good plan. In other words, you need to move and take your first step forward. Better now when you’re healthy and able. The fact is, once you embark on the execution part of your journey, you WILL be faced with unexpected events. This is part of the process. On this shaky terrain of unforeseen circumstances you will strengthen two critical skills: Patience and perseverance. Continue reading “You can NEVER plan enough; Become adaptable”