Get On With It

Writing and drawings about work, family and the stuff in-between

Category: Work

  • I don’t know where we are going but I know exactly how to get there

    I don’t know where we are going but I know exactly how to get there

    Discouraged or unsure of what to do next? I shared three questions I use that might work. Sometimes, though, you have to use a different approach.

  • The Four Os of Meeting Prep

    The Four Os of Meeting Prep

    My current work doesn’t require me to run or attend a ton of synchronous meetings, and that is as it should be. Most in-person meetings are poorly organized and happen because someone doesn’t want to do the hard work of thinking about a problem and doing some writing. I admit that I’ve been guilty of […]

  • Five questions for managing conflict by being curious

    Five questions for managing conflict by being curious

    Did you read something recently that made your spin because of how unjust it was? Have a chat recently that made you clench up because of how angry you got? Most of the time these perceived conflicts are just stories in our heads, and I, for one, am a world-class storyteller (in my head of […]

  • When consistency can hurt you

    When consistency can hurt you

    I’ve always struggled with the need to be consistent. What I write needs to be a certain length or it isn’t consistent, the art I publish needs to all have a certain effect or it isn’t consistent, and even what I read or learn about should be related to what I know or else I’m […]

  • Don’t just do work, make waves 🌊

    Don’t just do work, make waves 🌊

    How do you know whether you are doing the right work or whether it’s time to move on? For me, it boils down to saying yes to the following three questions. Is my work allowing me to have the life I want to have? Am I discovering new things I really like thinking about every […]

  • How to escalate or de-escalate a conflict

    How to escalate or de-escalate a conflict

    All of us are in or have been in a conflict recently. I hope this isn’t your situation but my wife and I seem to be in the midst of a series of on again/off again conflicts related to our house renovation. There is no shortage of opportunities in life to get worked up, but […]

  • On the value (and difficulty) of listening

    On the value (and difficulty) of listening

    Listening well is super hard. At first, it appears that listening requires much less work, and is less important, than other aspects of communication like formulating a bullet-proof counterpoint, a witty come-back, or some smart advice. You don’t really need to do much to listen right? It doesn’t seem like enough, and yet, much of […]