Few men realise that their life, the very essence of their character, their capabilities and their audacities, are only the expression of their belief in the safety of their surroundings. – Joseph Conrad
I found this quote in the Dark Mountain Project manifesto, which makes for grimly fascinating reading. I discovered the Dark Mountain Project via this somewhat depressing Guardian article, which should give some indication of what you’re letting yourself in for should you decide to explore further!
- No Musings post last week on account of being on holiday. While away, I did find time to write a quick post about a Product Management model I stumbled across via Quora. I’m now in the process of extending that model, tracking the various activities that I am currently doing, or should be doing in the near to medium term, with a view towards helping me ensure I’m doing the best work I can given what I know right now.
- I’ve been reading a bit about OKRs also. Mainly via Christina Wodtke’s book Radical Focus, but also some articles like this one which provides some useful examples from different contexts.
- Holiday reading also consisted of brushing up on cognitive biases. Michael Maboussin’s book Think Twice: Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition seems pretty good in this regard, though – I haven’t actually finished it yet and there are plenty of other good books out there covering the same material, e.g. Thinking: Fast and Slow, and You Are Not So Smart, spring readily to mind.
- I finished up Use of Weapons (tough going, kinda boring) and have now moved on to Excession; probably my favourite Iain M. Banks book thus far.
- I heard about Four Against Darkness in a Boardgaming group I’m a part of. I like the idea of doing some pencils and paper type role play adventuring with the kids, so my copy’s now due to arrive today!