Atomic thinking and scaling teams

I’ve been thinking a lot, lately, about different ways of thinking and focus, the impact potential of a particular focus, and how even the smallest change/adjustment can have a significant impact upstream. Examples which come to mind are how rowing teams all row together, optimize each row, and work as a team to balance on another out. The same can be said for cycling teams who rotate who rides in the slipstream to catch their breath.

These are all wonderful references and ideas, but how do they translate into a more generalized concept? The phrase I’ve been using is “atomic thinking”; thinking of the smallest possible independent pieces. Even the smallest adjustment can have a significant impact, without being dependent on other change to happen.

Being more direct

I’ve heard semi-regularly that, as South Africans, we tend to not be very direct in our communications. For example, we may say something like “you may not want to do that”, when what we really mean is “don’t do that”. This sounds small, yet has a definite snowball effect. Changing this approach is something I’ve committed to changing in late 2017 and now in 2018. It’s a little trickier than I originally thought, and takes constant management, yet the rewards are significant.

Hit the “Publish” button

Hey everyone, it’s been a while, right?


While sitting here at Pressnomics 2013, I was fortunate to be in the front row for a very energetic session given by Bill Belew around how to beat anyone at anything every time. This kind of content is exactly the kind of session I love.

I love the idea that anyone can do anything at any time and do it better than anyone else, “on demand”. Bill’s passion for this statement resonates with me.

One emphasis of Bill’s session was what I’d deem his catch-phrase; “just hit the ‘Publish’ button”. This is a great statement. Create awesome content, regularly, and share it with the world.