Welcome to my digital notebook.

This is (roughly) my digital zettelkasten, a collection of interlinked atomic notes about anything that interests me. In general, they will talk about strategy, research, UX, product development, learning, and knowledge management, but might stray pretty far afield from that sometimes.

Consider this my "digital garden." It's hobby work. I collect ideas that I am interested in, and I try to cultivate them as best I can. (Not sure where to get started? Try the _Index).

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Strategy Defines Coherent Action -- a Set of Coordinated Moves that Enact a Guiding Principle

An effective strategy defines a set of coordinated moves that can be undertaken in response to its diagnosis and guiding policy.

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Strategy Creates Advantage by Generating New Perspectives

A strategy works when it generates a novel vantage point on the problem space, giving rise to new opportunities or advantages.

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Strategy Cannot Be Discovered Through Deduction Alone

Fomenting an effective strategy requires that we engage in abductive reasoning and sensemaking.

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Strategic Inflection Points Disrupt the Underlying Assumptions of a Business or Industry

A strategic inflection point disrupts the fundamental assumptions of a business, calling into question the basic assumptions that govern its operation.

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Strategic Inflection Points Develop over Four Stages

Strategic inflection points develop across four stages. These are hype, dismissal, emergence, and maturity.

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Strategic Diagnosis Is a Clear, Honest Description of the Challenge at Hand

A strategic diagnosis must be a thorough, clear, and honest description of the problem at hand that creates a simplified model of reality.

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Stories Need Action and Commentary

A good story needs both action and commentary to be engaging.

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Store Information Where You Would Want to Encounter It Again

Design information systems with the moment of retrieval in mind rather than the moment of archiving.

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Standardizing Information Can Degrade Its Quality

Pursuit of standardized information formats requires that we shape its content in ways that support compression at the cost of the veracity of the data.

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Spend More Time in the Problem Space

It's tempting to rush to as solution. But, moving too quickly toward an answer can cause us to misunderstand what is salient in the problem space.

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