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 Contents).

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Write From the Bottom Up

Students are often advised to start with a topic, create a hypothesis, and then begin research. Instead, start with notes and ideas and follow the idea that emerges.

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Work Backwards From a Long-Term Vision of the Future to Define Proximate Objectives

Discovery-driven planning requires we define the parameters of the future state and then work backward to understand what would have to be true for that future to come about.

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Winning Strategy Is More About Synthesis than Analysis

Analysis alone cannot drive good strategy. Good strategy requires synthesis and the creation of new insights and perspective based on disparate data.

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Winning Strategies Result From Good Sensemaking

A winning, resilient strategy requires deep insight that emerges from good sensemaking.

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Winning Strategies Become Best Practices

Strategies can be trendy. A winning strategy will be adopted by followers and eventually become a best practice.

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What Is Going on Here Is the Fundamental Question for Evaluating Uncertain Situations

What is going on here? underpins research and strategic foresight.

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Webb - The Signals Are Talking

Amy Webb's methodology for spotting trends and discerning the future.

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We Tend to Measure What Is Easy to Measure, Not What Matters

We are biased to measure the things that are easiest to measure rather than what might be most meaningful.

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Volatile Environments Motivate Us to Avoid Uncertainty

Repeated or continuous encounters with volatility can motivate us to engage in maladaptive behaviours that we mitigate our sense of uncertainty.

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Viki - Pirates in the Navy

Innovation in the enterprise must follow a different playbook than the one used by startups and disruptors.

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