39 days to go — July 3, 2018

39 days to go

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RPE 5/6, feeling good on these runs, will continue where possible with daily runs, and add speed and hills.

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40 Days to Go — July 2, 2018

40 Days to Go

Which statement is sharper in provoking our thinking?

  1. Cashless payments are increasing.
  2. By 2030, digital cash makes ATMs obsolete.

We are affected more by events (Statement 2) than by trends (Statement 1). Events give a sense of urgency, a sign of a changing reality. Trends give information about general directions (up or down), but can move fast or slow, and are not accompanied by implications.

A specific statement stirs the reader more than a generic phrase.

The point of identifying possible future events is not a binary YES or NO position. There are good reasons to believe a FutureFact will occur, just as there are good reasons to believe that it won’t.

Whats important is entertaining the overarching idea of a possible future event, then therefore what an organisation must do to prepare for that.

How to write a good FutureFact:

  • Relevant in scope and time
  • Externally oriented; bigger than your organisation
  • Unconventional, but not absurd
  • Mind-hooking; an event not a trend

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Faster pace, decent cadence.

41 days to go — July 1, 2018

41 days to go

The historian looks backwards, and forms a coherent story, connecting events of th past, but cannot spot things on the horizon. The trend hopper jumps to new, radical things, but gives no compelling story to persuade others the need to change. The visionary leader combines the best traits of the former two: an ability to spot early signals or markers of change, and an ability to craft a story that influences others to adopt change. Finally, the follower can neither spot things on the horizon nor connect the dots to tell a story.

Leaders balance stubbornness with open-mindedness. For the latter, asking these questions will help:

  • Are there other options?
  • What are we not seeing or saying?

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Easy, RPE6, then RPE7 at the end. Kept cadence high, posture upright. For running in -2 deg C temperatures, I wore leggings, shorts, two shirts, beanie and gloves.

42 days to go — June 30, 2018
43 days to go — June 29, 2018

43 days to go

A high running cadence, measured by steps per minute, is essential for all running training, from sprinting to jogging.

Whether the runner maintains 4min/km or 7min/km, the feet must pound the pavement quickly, at a pace of 180-200 steps per minute.

A high cadence ensures a cardiovascular workout, whilst a low cadence raises the heart rate moderately but imparts little fitness gain.

48 days to go — June 24, 2018

48 days to go

The writer competes for the attention of the reader, who is hooked into the words or else wanders off.

Successful writing immerses the reader in heightened experience – emotional, intellectual, or both – more rewarding than the life around him or her.

”Information sticks best when it is crafted to touch the reader’s emotions.

Naked facts are frequently not enough to invite a reader’s attention to the rest of the story.

It is their context – the writing, the container of the information – that illuminates facts for the reader and gives them significant meaning.

Writers of nonfiction have the right – perhaps even the responsibility – to access the wonders of the writer’s craft to make their work interesting and enjoyable.

Stein on Writing.

50 days to go — June 21, 2018

50 days to go

“One of the most influential people that I met while at Coral Reef was a teacher, David Menasche.

He was able to easily gain the respect of the entire class just by showing us his personality. Most teachers make the entire class listen either by being a friend – showing their comedic and slack side to try to relate to us – or going to be opposite route by being extremely strict to frighten us into being well behaved. Mr Menasche was different.

He demonstrated he was to be taken seriously by, on the very first day, kicking someone out of class who disrespected him. He got his students passionate about literature by being passionate about it himself.

He paid close attention to his students, and if one of them seemed a little off, he noticed right away and pulled them aside to check on their well-being. He treated us as adults, giving us responsibilities as well as making us act like adults.”

And from To Kill a Mockingbird:

”I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand.

It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.”