Many years ago, a tennis coach of mine told me that every shot in the game is contextual. For example, some shots only make sense under certain circumstances. Tied at 5–5, deuce in a decisive third set inheres a different mindset than being down 5–1, 40-love in the first.
And then there are shots like these:
I think about this metaphor quite a bit when I coach authors. Many neophytes understandably think that they only need to write a manuscript, find an agent, and land a traditional publishing deal.
If only it were that easy.
Below is an excerpt of my new baby Reimagining Collaboration: Slack, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and the Post-COVID World of Work. In it, I set the table for the rest of the book.
I’ve have the pleasure of talking to dozens of authors over the years. During those often fascinating conversations, I have learned that a book’s backstory is often as interesting as the idea behind the book itself — if not more so. That’s may well be the case with my new book Reimagining Collaboration: Slack, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and the Post-COVID World of Work.
Let me explain.
Regardless of the specific language, you can’t get far in computer programming without Booleans. I’m hardly a proper developer, and I’ve known as much for more than 30 years. (Thank you Carnegie Mellon.)
As you can see below, the and statement connotes exclusivity.
Image from lotame.com.
I often think about Boolean logic in the context of books and the coaching work that I do. Specifically, the power of exclusivity and the and statement.
Let me take a step back. Since the advent of the Web, it’s only become easier to express your views. …
“Comparison is the thief of joy.”
— Theodore Roosevelt
I suspect that just about every author has walked into a bookstore and asked the following questions:
Ditto with viewing books online. To be fair, though, the questions tend to vary slightly:
…s and Enterprise customers. Another great player here is Integromat, which was recently acquired by Celonis.
These are particularly valuable as glue to stitch together hubs and spokes. That is, I can get Expensify to "talk to" Slack via Zapier. #ReimaginingCollaboration
Long before I could call myself a professional writer, I read quite a bit.
Many times, I had no choice over what I was supposed to read. This included hundreds of texts in high school, college, and grad school. In my consulting days, required reading included:
Long story short: If I encountered bad writing, there wasn’t much that I could really do about it. I had to slog through.
That’s no longer the case.
These days, other than…
I’m betting that you have found the last year or so mentally challenging. I sure have. At least we can take solace in the fact that we’re not alone. Consider the following statistics:
In June of 2020, the American Psychiatric Association revealed that:
I suspect that those numbers have only increased since then.