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Anti-Agile

How to Make Sure You’re not Wasting the Next 5-10 Years of Your Professional Life

You would think that everyone comes into working knowing what they are doing and, more importantly, why. Yet the last global report on job satisfaction, a Gallup poll from 2012, showed that only 13% of employees globally feel engaged with their work, with 24% actually disengaged (i.e. a polite way of saying they really f**ing hate their jobs).

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Lean

One Trick To Build Better Products, Faster

How many times have you come to the end of the day, or end of the week, and asked yourself the question: What was the point?

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Anti-Agile

Why Agile Doesn’t Work

How Early-Stage Startups Can Save A LOT of Time & Money by Changing Their Process to Focus on Impact Over Getting More Done

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Team Culture

Team Culture Needs to Change

Does your team engender effective decision-making? Do you believe that modern work culture engenders effective decision- making? Do you believe that your company culture engenders effective decision-making?

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Startup

Why Your Startup is Failing

Investment, experience, an Agile product development process. None of these things matter.

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Anxiety

Overcoming Startup Anxiety Pt.1/2

Anxiety is inevitable, but it is not something that we need let capture our attention & negatively effect our performance. If harnessed correctly and overcome, we can use it as a powerful tool to not only make us more effective in directing our business & executing to help us achieve our goals, but also to help us find a little more calm in our work & to enjoy the work along the way.

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Success

Becoming the Next Big Thing

This article is not an attack on individuals companies. It is, instead, a critique of a startup culture that promulgates a certain, restrictive definition of ‘success’. A definition that leads...

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Success

What Really Matters

We start off believing that success equates wealth & status. That if we get just a little bit more money or that extra promotion, that our sense of self-worth will drastically change for the better. That we will all of a sudden be eternally happy.

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Our Decisions Determine Startup Success - or Failure

So much of our human potential is wasted. Thrown on the scrap heap. 90% of startups fail. That new feature your team worked so hard on for weeks or even months - never even released. Never even tested. That design you were working on today - that screen or rebrand concept - never even saw considered by decision-makers in your company as they hastily moved on to some other seemingly important, seemingly urgent problem.

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Product

Why Your Startup is Failing

In this article, I will address the reasons why most product teams fail, before showing you how to avoid failure & engineer product success. By following a three-step process that has been tried & tested, you will learn to build the right foundations - and thus create fertile conditions for - product success.

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Investment

The Startup Success Fallacy

Startup culture tends to posit the idea that raising funding equates success. And that one's level of success is determined by the level of funding raised. This is not success. This is a dangerous path to failure.

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Life is the outcome of your decisions

In January of last year, I left a job I absolutely hated. I broke up with my girlfriend because I didn’t see myself spending the rest of my life with her. I moved apartments because my housemate was self-centred & toxic.

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Be Mindful

In The Pursuit of Fulfilment

Time passed, things happened, but I never really seemed to experience it. I would set some arbitrary goal, achieve it, then immediately move on to the next thing.

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Ideas

The Origin of Ideas

When I started out five years ago, self-taught, hacking my way into User Experience Design, I somewhat arrogantly thought I was special.

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Death

Time is ticking

How To Use Death To Enhance Life: We spend our lives focused on our career. On getting a mortgage. On having kids. On retirement plans. But never about what comes next.

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Psychology

All Humans Are Motivated By Three Things

At the core of every thought & every action lie three motives.

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Happiness

Expectation vs. Gratitude

It could be warmer. The meal could be better. That drink a little colder.

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Work Culture

Why We Won’t Take Investment

And The Reality of Venture Capital

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Essentialism

Why Essentialism is Essential

Avoiding mediocrity & a life of “job-work

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Work Culture

This Makes Company Culture Great

Not the ping pong table.

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Be Effective

100 Blocks Per Day

How are You Spending Them?

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Be Effective

Money is Time

We think of money as merely something that allows us to acquire something else. We have some money, we spend it, we get something in return — pleasure, status, something to cover our basic needs.

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Purpose

When Motivation Evades You

Use This Trick To Improve Your Writing

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Success

Waiting For Lightning To Strike

Breaking The Myth of Overnight Success

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Work Culture

When you get life wrong.

And end up in the metaphorical airport terminal queue

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Clients

Should the client really come first?

What that approach does to B2B companies

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Fear

Facing My Biggest Fear In Life

And how you can do the same.

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Purpose

Why You Feel So Lonely

From Tribalism to Individualism & Back Again

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Journaling

How Journaling Changed My Life

I was sat at my computer, on a grey November afternoon, watching the rain outside pelt against the window & the light gradually fade from the day around 4pm.

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Design

One Thing Critical to Success as a Designer

And Something 95% of Us Ignore

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