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PPP: 50,000-ft view. Wrong jungle. Team Tools.

Pip’s Practical Prompts Newsletter
Sent by Charles Burdett

Leadership 

Stay out of the details.

If you have the 50,000-ft view of 10 different problems, it's best to stay at that level rather than going into the minutiae. 

Great leadership is surrounding yourself with those who understand the details and letting them work.

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Leadership

Wrong jungle.

“The leader is the one who climbs the tallest tree, surveys the entire situation, and yells, ‘Wrong jungle!’.

Busy, efficient producers and managers often respond ... 'Shut up! We’re making progress!’.”

— Stephen Covey

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Leadership

A team is only as good as their tools.

Whether you’re in the right jungle or not - if the managers and producers don’t have sharp machetes, progress is hard to make.

The highest leverage thing any leader can do is to give their teams the right tools that empower their success. 

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PPP: Get specific. Hero, obstacle, goal. Set expectations.

Pip’s Practical Prompts Newsletter
Sent by Charles Burdett

Design

Design for one person in mind.

When you design for everyone, you design for no one. There’s no such thing as the average person

When you get specific, design decisions become 100x easier.

That’s not to say your design shouldn’t be inclusive.

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Storytelling

Remember: Hero, Obstacle, Goal.

We care about a story when we know: who the hero is, their goal, and what stands in their way.

The sooner you establish these things, the sooner your story starts, and the more likely your audience will stick around to find out what happens.

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Facilitation

Setting expectations is a super power.

Workshops are easily derailed by loud people and unrelated conversation.

How to counter this: at the start of a session, say that you’ll politely interrupt anything unrelated to the goal of the workshop. 

This gives you permission to do so without feeling rude.

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PPP: Aesthetics, tension, and Rudolph.

Pip’s Practical Prompts Newsletter
Sent by Charles Burdett

Design

Spend the time to make it look good.

We place higher value on things that are aesthetically pleasing.

Not only that, but we believe they’ll work (or taste!) better too.

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Storytelling

Create and release tension

A rollercoaster slowly takes you up, building tension.

Then suddenly lets you fall, creating a release.

Repeat over and over, and you’ve got a captivating story.

Remember: the goal of an author is to get you to read the next page. 

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A wrapped present under a Christmas tree is tension incarnate. Especially so when your mother-in-law’s house rule is no presents opened until after dinner! Argh!


 

Leadership

Be like Rudolph.

Illuminate the way, instead of talking about it.

Being at the front leaves you vulnerable. It takes bravery to strike out into the dark.

People follow those who front the risk on their behalf.

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PPP: Repetition, gut test, mouth sealed.

Pip’s Practical Prompts Newsletter
Sent by Charles Burdett

Leadership

Don’t be afraid to repeat yourself.

I’m going to tell you that it’s OK to repeat yourself.

It’s OK to repeat yourself.

When you feel that you’re repeating yourself, only then is your message is starting to get through.

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Design

Trust your gut, test your gut.

When crafting anything, there’s a critical little voice running around your head saying ”this isn’t quite right.”

Good design happens when you keep going until that voice shuts up.

Great design happens when you hear your user say ”this isn’t quite right”.

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Facilitation

Keep your mouth shut.

Good meetings help people have conversations they might not otherwise have had.

It's your job to allow those conversations to happen.

Most of the time, that means keeping your mouth shut. (Easy to say, hard to do)

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PPP: Changing, serving, don’t forget the toilet.

Pip’s Practical Prompts Newsletter
Sent by Charles Burdett

Storytelling

Show the transformation

The best stories show a character going through change.

Harry Potter goes from under-stairs nobody, to courageous wizard.

Moana goes from island-bound royalty, to rebellious, demi-god-wrangling saviour of the sea.

Simba goes from naïve cub, to brave leader.

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Leadership

Be a servant

Instead of ‘leading’ a team, try serving them instead.

Don’t ask “what can they do for me?”.

Ask “what can I do for them?”.

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Design

Meet expectations first.

No toilet in your hotel room? Goodbye.

Toilet in your hotel room? ... Duh.

Jacuzzi in your hotel room? Wow! Tell everyone!

Before you go putting jacuzzis everywhere. Make sure there’s a toilet.

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