The Sawyer effect

In the Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Tom is tasked with painting his aunt’s fence. Tom is bored by the thought of having to do all that work and comes up with a plan to recruit his friends to do it for him willingly. He convinces them that the task is fun, and before he knowsContinue reading “The Sawyer effect”

How to use Linear with Hook

I use Hook for all kinds of things. Together with Alfred, Keyboard Maestro, and Drafts, it’s one of my most-used apps. Unfortunately, Hook doesn’t support Linear out of the box. Fortunately, Hook is extendable! Here’s what I did to enable Hook in Linear. I use two of Linear’s keyboard shortcuts. Cmd + Shift + ,Continue reading “How to use Linear with Hook”

Gratitude > complaints

Appreciate what you have. Such a simple lesson, yet one so hard to live by. It’s all too easy to get caught up in the wants and desires and lose sight of what is already in front of you. As the stoic philosopher, Epictetus once wrote He is a wise man who does not grieveContinue reading “Gratitude > complaints”


Leader-to-leader is easiest explained by contrasting it with leader-to-follower. It’s common for people to unconsciously divide people into leaders and followers and make assumptions about what each group can do. These assumptions will influence the way we think and act and have an impact on performance. In the “leader-to-follower” model, leaders tell followers what to do. The leader becomesContinue reading “Leader-to-leader”