Deep Work presentation – Cal Newport, Daily huddle agenda, Single Grain employee video & Holiday Reading List
9th January 2022 Evolution Partners Newsletter
“The sheep spends its whole life fearing the wolf only to be eaten by the shepherd.”
Hope you’re Thriving!
Over the holiday season, I’ve collected some of my favourite articles from the year to share with you. Kind of like a ‘best of’ from 2021. Couple this with the reading list and hopefully there is something of real interest and value for you each week. I’m keeping them short and sharp.
Enjoy your holidays, stay safe and I hope you enjoy.
See you in 2022!
My favourite articles
Deep Work presentation – Cal Newport
I’m a huge fan of Cal and his book Deep Work, and this recent presentation I watched from Cal (53 mins) on YouTube is a great explanation of his concept and how you can apply it to your work and life.
“Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It’s a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfilment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a superpower in our increasingly competitive twenty-first-century economy. And yet, most people have lost the ability to go deep-spending their days instead in a frantic blur of e-mail and social media, not even realizing there’s a better way.”
Learn more here Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
Daily huddle agenda and case study
If you haven’t already embedded the daily huddle into your organisation, then this short story in Forbes from Canadian Steven Knight of Mosaic home services may help you to think differently about it.
Steve’s daily huddle agenda is slightly different to the best practice agenda (what’s up, daily measurement, where are you stuck), but like most things what’s most important is how to make best practice work best in your organisation, not blindly following best practice.
Here’s Steve’s agenda.
8:30 a.m. — 8:45 a.m. every morning, each person gives the following update, person by person:
- What’s Up: News from yesterday or today that’s relevant to the group. What’s the headline of your own personal newspaper?
- Top Tasks: What are the three most important things you need to accomplish today? (Only three. If everything is important, nothing is important. What are the top three?)
- KPI: Based on your quarterly priorities, what are your KPIs for the week, and what is your progress?
- Stuck: Where are you stuck, and who can help you? Is there something you need or someone you need to talk to?
- Grateful: What’s one thing you’re grateful for today? Start the day in a positive direction.
- Top Priority Today: End with an affirmative statement: “Today I will…”
Read the Forbes article here The 15 Most Profitable Minutes Of The Workday
Single Grain employee video
This week I found an awesome employee introduction video from an LA-based marketing agency called Single Grain. In the video CEO founder, Eric Siu talks about what culture means at Single Grain, what each of the values means and is a great example of the ambassador role as I outlined in my book Made to Thrive. One of the things that I love about the video is it’s simply Eric sitting at a desk in the office and it feels very authentic and it also feels both rapid and punchy — which must give a good indication of their culture. Also, check out the Single Grain careers page for an example of best practices on how to create a careers page for your website as I think there’d be some great ideas that you could gain from that as well.
Watch the 5 minute Single Grain culture video here
Holiday Reading List
If you’re like me, you often think to yourself ‘how can I occupy my mind while I’m not working in an interesting way that’s improving both my knowledge and effectiveness?’ Maybe not, maybe you think I’m on holiday I want to rest. But either way, I’ve curated a list to get you thinking over the holidays. I’ve grouped these into my favourites for each section that you can browse to see what interests you.
- The Gospel of Wealth – Andrew Carnegie
- Management time: Who’s got the monkey
- How using 3HAG can turbocharge your business growth
- Pareto 80 20 Rule
- Can you say what your strategy is?
- Wait But Why – The Story of Us
- Scott Galloway – The Algebra of Happiness — A video, not blog but the best way to spend 10 minutes.
- Paul Graham – Is it worth being wise?
- Naval – How to get rich every episode
- How to write better emails
Blog posts I’ve written
- Why I wrote Made to Thrive
- The two lenses of strategy
- First survive and then thrive
- Replace busy with stupid
- Mastery is pain
Bonus old one
- How is Australia Post in a growth market and losing money
- Shane Parish – The Knowledge Project
- Tim Ferris – The Tim Ferris Show
- Pat Lencioni – At the Table
- Alex Goldfayn – Sell More Now
- Shane Parish & Jim Collins
- Joe Rogan & Naval Ravikant
- How I built this with Guy Raz – Dyson, James Dyson
- Sam Harris with Jonathan Haidt (The Coddling of the American Mind)
- Shane Parish & Jim Dethmer: Leading Above the Line
- Ego is the Enemy – Ryan Holiday
- Good to Great – Jim Collins
- Necessary Endings – Dr Henry Cloud
- The 7 hidden reasons employees leave – Leigh Branham
- Think Again – Adam Grant
Bonus three books
This week on The Growth Whisperers podcast
The Quarterly Execution Planning meeting is one of the most important meetings in a quarter because it is where a leadership team decides the priorities for the company and the priorities for each department for the following quarter.
The quarterly meeting takes the strategy from the annual meeting and translates it into practical, executable goals for the team to focus on.In this episode, Brad and Kevin discuss why you need a Quarterly Execution Planning meeting, what a quarterly meeting agenda must include, and tips for a successful quarterly meeting.
Meeting Rhythm – The Quarterly Execution Planning meeting
Listen to The Growth Whisperers
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