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100 day plan with Group 8020: 79 days to go

On August 31st covering ,

This is the “Finding my 20%” phase. The process is starting to cook. It’s getting harder to write about, I think because it is pushing up against some things I’ve been resisting for a long time.

We’re getting into a crucial part of the program. The question “what is the 20% of your efforts that produce 80% of your results” is tough. I’m comfortable with the idea in the abstract, but when it comes down to it my reaction is “Now? You want me to decide now?” As a recovering graduate student, my impulse is to go read three more books. Read more »

100 day plan with Group 8020: Our story so far (part 2)

On August 29th covering ,

I’m still reviewing our work so far.

Group 8020 describes their 100-day process as containing five stages:

  1. Map the business ecosystem
  2. Find your leverage. What is the 20% that will drive 80% of the results?
  3. Create a Project Plan that passes the common-sense test
  4. Execute with guidance
  5. Soft launch with metrics

We’re begining the second stage now.

The name of the first stage didn’t mean much to me. In practice, it was a very focused and thorough review of what I’ve got going on, what my inner and outer resources are and what I really want. It called upon me to be decisive and clear. Read more »

100 day plan with Group 8020: Our story so far (part 1)

On August 29th covering , ,

My 100-day plan with Group 8020 continues to move along, and I’m understanding more about what it’s going to be.

Our story so far is this: I’ve got a bunch of projects, interests, and experiences that go outside of my traditional psychology/ psychoanalysis practice. This “other” category is called consulting — it’s applying what I’ve learned out in the world, not limited to the treatment or amelioration of emotional problems. Sort of a free-range application of psychology, psychoanalysis and everything else I’ve picked up along the way.

The mix has included a long-standing interest in musicians and music groups; group psychology; the world of work and business; the psychology of the performer, and the unconscious yearnings that drive all of these things. Read more »

what your band or team can learn from borderline personality disorder and group-house syndrome

On August 27th covering , , , ,

This study from Baylor has been making the rounds. I recommend watching the short videos in the sidebars. It’s a good study, even if I think the researchers miss the best implications.

They focus on one aspect of Borderline Personality Disorder: people with this condition have a very hard time judging what is fair in a give-and-take situation. They will often feel persecuted and deeply unsafe. They will genuinely feel they are getting the short end of the stick, even when others have made huge concessions. Others perceive them as hugely selfish.

My point is not to diagnose your bandmates or fellow hackers/entrepreneurs with a personality disorder, satisfying as that may be. If you don’t know what this disorder is, don’t worry. My point is to shed light on the group-house syndrome. Read more »

100 day plan with Group 8020: 81 days to go

On August 27th covering ,

Here’s something interesting. Mark has made a couple of predictions that I sort of think will come true even though I can’t see how they can.

At our first call, he mentioned offhand that his 100-day process tends to really gel around day 45… I take that to mean that it becomes clear what to do and how to go about it. The holy grail of this process is to locate a couple of things to emphasize to get me where I want to go.

This 45-day watershed is his personal observation, and I’m very interested in the patterns noticed by experts on the ground. For example, it’s just been discovered that cattle really do align themselves along a north-south line, as farmers and ranchers have known for a zillion years. (It’s alluded to in Tom Sawyer) Read more »