On purpose, being curious, and the power of simple network effects


Happy 5W-1h Sunday.

Here’s your dose of What? Who? Where? When? Why? How?, a curation of articles, podcasts and videos that piqued my curiosity this week.


WHO do I want to help?

Living without purpose is easy; just run around doing stuff as fast as you can. Turbulence, opportunity, and too much to do are the perfect environment for doing machines. But human beings require purpose to thrive in today’s world.

The Path to Purpose with Richard Leider and David Shapiro | Dan Rockwell (Video at Leadership Freak)

WHAT is more exhausting than the task that is never started?

How often do we try and fail to work ourselves up to tackle some undesirable task? Nothing is more exhausting than the task that is never started, so dealing with procrastination frees up our energy and time, and gives us a big boost in mood.

Battling Procrastination? Use the Four Tendencies to Get Started, Especially When Working from Home | Gretchen Rubin (Text at Gretchen Rubin)

WHY should I be more curious?

“Why?” That’s the question parents and teachers both dread and love to hear from kids. We dread it because, well, sometimes we don’t know the answer—or we’re too lazy or harried to come up with a good one. But we usually do our best, understanding that curiosity is key to learning.

Six Surprising Benefits of Curiosity | Emily Campbell (Text at Greater Good Magazine)

WHERE can I build more meaningful relationships?

Many people feel strange reconnecting in person with colleagues after an extended period working in physical isolation. To help shake off the rust, she offers simple tips in a “Gather, Ask, Do” method. It’s not just about networking, she says, but about finding simple connection points with others that can truly help you succeed.

Stop Networking, Start Connecting | Curt Nickisch and Susan McPherson (Audio at Harvard Business Review)

WHEN will our change have the desired impact?

While simply dropping your product or service to a group of users will have some marginal benefit, where risks are mitigated, gaps are closed, problems are solved, seeing an end-user as a node on the end of a spoke from a hub significantly undermines the potential utility.

The power of simple network effects | Joe Newbert (Text at Newbert’s Blog)

HOW can we make our Scrum team more effective?

I’ve always wondered what would happen if we subject this question to a scientific approach. What if we would collect a lot of data from actual Scrum teams and then apply scientific methods to answer what really matters — regardless of personal preferences, intuitions, dogma’s, and vested interests?

What Makes Scrum Teams Effective? | Christiaan Verwijs (Text at The Liberators)

And, as always, please give feedback on Twitter. Whose piece above stood out for you? What would you like more or less of? Other ideas? Please let me know. Just send a tweet to @joenewbert and put #5W1H at the end so I can find it.

Keep growing.


P.S. What impact are you looking to make?