Mood: 😯. Bombs away. Let’s hope there isn’t a shockwave on its way back.
After running full throttle for several days in a row, having a Thursday afternoon free of meetings felt like such a blessing. You don’t necessarily miss it until it’s gone, but I’ve really got to recoup slack time in my schedule.
Mood: 💪. Conditioning is kicking in. I’m starting to feel some resilience towards the frenetic pace.
An eventful week, to be sure, with a couple important sessions under our belt: one for our project team playing back the results of our service discovery and de-facto design sprint, which was well-attended and generated lots of discussion and feedback. The other came from an internal open-source project doing their MVP demo, also receiving happy client feedback from their main stakeholder. …
Mood: 😓. Short weeks are a trap. Need to watch out that the queue doesn’t boil over.
We were initially barreling towards Friday without a clear plan for next week, although I had a hunch that we’d figure one out in the nick of time.
And so we did.
It’s all still a bit loose and I’ve yet to get the wider team aligned on it, but at least I can provide a bit more direction when asked — I’ve admittedly not had the best answers to their queries lately.
I ought to stop being surprised by my schedule at…
Mood: 😝. Felt the stretch doing double time last week. Glad for the short week ahead.
There was a lot of ground to cover coming back from a week away* — things move so fast during a discovery phase. But keeping up with the team is one matter, hopping into it another entirely. In that sense the week felt quite atypical, built around lots of 1:1 time and coaching folks across the various aspects of our service-level discovery.
I’m glad they were willing to suffer me picking up a few DL duties, like running our Friday demo or sorting out…
Mood: 😎. Cleared the decks and passed the baton. Now savoring the downtime.
I’m amused to look back and realize I shuttled some 100kg across some 450mi without needing to take a day off. It took some expert planning and most everything going exactly as planned, but although I succeeded on this front, I was skating by on the skin of my teeth when it came to prep work for last week’s delivery away day.
Mood: 🤯. Somehow made it in one piece. Too soon for a victory lap?
This past week was all about teaming, and my hat’s off to the awesome crew we assembled for our kickoff — able to roll with the punches, adapt, and build enough context to hone our week 2 plan and reprioritize the workshops and sessions that are most important to tackle next. …
Mood: 🙂. Breezy week, now poised for the whirlwind around the corner.
The system seemed to be working this week — people planning chats didn’t result in any tussles, and everyone has been quite positive with the kickoff we’re about to begin. Exciting to be starting something new, and I’m full of healthy anticipation for what we’ll uncover.
Compared to the start of the year, I’m finding I quite enjoy the collaborative pitch* environment these days. …
Mood: 😵💫. Plenty to juggle. Just need to break the cycle of playing catchup.
Had another lucky Thursday catching so many folks in the office. Strategy chats with Jon, Harri and Liam was the main agenda — we discussed the ‘law’ of attraction at one point, I’m wondering if that was also at play? Just on the other side of the office, all the Mission Beyond trustees were all huddled around the whiteboard mapping out their priorities, and I had a chance to say hello to Harriet, Manny and Michelle during their breaks. Caught Joel for a quick pint as…
Most of us dread giving individual feedback in the workplace. It’s awkward, cumbersome, and risky. Doubly so with your boss. Triply so if they were previously your peer.
But it’s not impossible to have a candid, collaborative dialogue about how you work with your manager. While you might feel more comfortable avoiding manager feedback altogether, a little structure can go a long way towards making it easier — by setting the right tone and balancing the conversation.
Here’s the story of how a member of my team, Megan, and I discovered a format to do just that, and what happened…
Mood: 🧐. Peering further down the road. Not sure where it’ll lead.
We’ve had several leavers* at work recently, and though I’m sad to see each of them go I’m glad to have met them on the journey. Tributes on a video call are still not my cup of tea, but I loved the sentiment shared out of Friday’s — rather than say our goodbyes, let’s think of this as “see you down the road.”**
Within our Cell model at Red Badger we have a cross-functional directors team representing product, tech, and delivery (and headed by an MD). …