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Dig the well before you get thirsty? Yeah, right.

“Don't wait until you’re thirsty to dig a well” implored Chinese philosopher Zhu Xi over 800 years ago.

In other words, you need to put plans in place today for things that may happen tomorrow.

But how many of us do that? How realistic is it when you are mired in the day-to-day?

 

Thirst drives urgency


I’ve seen variants of this quote being spruiked by futurists and strategists. Most commonly, “dig the well before you get thirsty!”

Some organisations...

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Unfu*king prioritisation

Alongside the current decluttering and unfu*king ourselves craze sits the perennial issue of prioritisation. 

It’s something we grapple with on an individual level; “how should I spend my time?” and an organisational level;  “where should we spend our resources?”

The tangle is not at the extremes – it is obvious what we should definitely do or not do – but the murky middle.

So I’ve been working on a way to behaviourally...

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