Thoughts

Jed and staff member in the flow at Raglan Roast with ‘The Book Deal’  in the foreground.

Raglan Roast: A Short Case Study in Unhurried Productivity

One of my favourite local coffee places is Raglan Roast in Te Aro, Wellington. It’s a rustic, relaxed place that serves great coffee with a laid-back vibe.   Here’s an extract from their ‘About Us’ page:   “Offering you tasty, quality coffee with speed and at an honest price that will take you back in time.”   […]

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Christmas Won’t Fix It

    Time isn’t the main thing. It’s the only thing. – Miles Davis   It’s about this time of year that I hear the call around the workplace “I can’t wait for Christmas. I need a break!” Sound familiar?   There’s no question that it’s been a tough year. We’ve navigated some gnarly challenges. […]

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Why We Hurry

As I’ve been running my Unhurried Productivity experiment, I’ve been researching why we hurry. Here’s my summary of what I’m learning, and, if we want to change gears, some ideas for what we can do about it. Heads up – it’s a slightly longer read than usual. I reckon it’s worth it to give the […]

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Fresh Insights on Unhurried Productivity

  As I write this, I’m entering the third week of my Unhurried Productivity experiment. In case you missed it, here’s what I’m doing and what I hope to learn from it.  I’ve also been posting daily updates on Youtube. If you’ve been following those daily clips, you’ll know that I’ve been angsting about not being as […]

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Let Frustration Do Its Work

As I wrote about last week, I’m currently in Taranaki running a three-week experiment on what it means to be ‘unhurriedly productive’. If you’re not already following my daily clips, you can check them out here. As I write this, it’s the end of Day Eight. I’m in a bit of an uncomfortable state of mind. […]

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Take the time it takes

Do you feel like you’re cramming too much in? Yep, me too. Last Friday I had a client coaching session. We booked out a couple of hours, and we used 90 minutes. Then we felt that we were done. We’d done good work. We didn’t rush it. I think what helped was a feeling that […]

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Naomi Osaka (Or, why we need change-makers)

When Naomi Osaka announced that she was not going to attend the post-match press conferences at this year’s French Open, she did me a favour. She shone a light on a status quo that I hadn’t really paid attention to before. That status quo was the requirement for professional tennis players to show up at […]

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Wellbeing Reframed

Are you hearing a lot about ‘wellbeing’ at the moment? It is the flavour of the month or a fundamental strategy? I had conversations with two different client organisations last week, both centring on wellbeing. Their two lenses couldn’t have been more different. For one client, their wellbeing agenda was a list of activities that […]

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Lean Into Curiosity

I was on the train last week, heading into the CBD. As we pulled into Wellington station, the lady sitting next to me caught my eye. She launched into a mini-rant about racism and how she couldn’t believe we hadn’t solved this problem yet. “It’s the 21st century! We should have this sorted by now, […]

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Turn Energy Into Action

As we witness the ferocity of the anger in the protests that have ignited across the US, I’ve been trying to make sense of what’s going on. Here’s one idea I’ve landed on: It’s a powerful example of ‘energy in action.’ Or, more specifically, it’s a huge mass of potential energy being converted into kinetic […]

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