Anna Shipman on Russell Davies’s Strategy Advice

My curation and re-prioritisation of the advice, as published by Anna Shipman:

  1. Strategy is clear, concise and catchy.
  2. Strategy identifies a handful of things we need to do.
  3. Strategy clarifies what we are not going to do.
  4. Strategy comes in multiple different versions: the slogan/tagline; the 30 second version, the 30 minute version, the full write-up and then, the communication: mugs, stickers, posters, etc.
  5. If you don’t have channels to discuss and manage strategy, set them up.
  6.  Strategy is not something to write in a quiet room on your own. Talk to people, listen to what they say, use their words, where possible.
  7. Don’t get too hung up on what the semantics of what is strategy, as opposed to principles, goals, objectives etc.

See also her notes on Richard Rumelt’s Good Strategy Bad Strategy.

Strategy in a nutshell

Strategy in a nutshell:

  • where are we now (diagnosis)
  • where are we going (desired outcomes)
  • what does success look like (vision)
  • how are we going to get there (plan)
  • how do we know we’ll have arrived (measures)

From Laurent Christoph on LinkedIn

Fascinating research on gender differences at work

Women volunteer more, are volunteered more and accept requests to volunteer more for tasks with low promotability.

Linda Babcock, Maria P. Recalde, Lise Vesterlund, and Laurie Weingart 2017 Gender Differences in Accepting and Receiving Requests for Tasks with Low Promotability. American Economic Review 2017, 107(3): 714–747


In the Beginning …

… was Tom Critchlow.  Reflections from the River is largely down to you, Tom, so a big thank-you for that.

It was Tom’s blog post on small b blogging that got me thinking. His advice is to write about the ideas that will be appreciated by the networks you are a part of. Don’t chase the big audience, don’t count the likes or the claps or the shares. That’s big-b blogging. Small-b blogging is ‘a virtuous cycle of making interesting connections while also being a way to clarify and strengthen my own ideas’.

Tom cites Venkatesh Rao’s calculus of grit which advises releasing work often, referencing your own work and reworking the same ideas again and again. To this, Tom adds that you should make your ideas addressable (so you can link to them by URL), gather them together in a single archive (rather than having them spread across multiple publications and domains) and make them memorable (in your own distinctive style).