Don't go for 100%

From the Farnam Street Brain Food newsletter: We live in a society that praises all-out effort. But giving a task 100% of your energy can lead to burnout, over-exhaustion, and injury. Jackman believes in the “85% Rule,” which means that intensity, force, or stress should never override form, technique, and preparation. Jackman elaborates: “A sprint coach realized that [Olympian] Carl Lewis did nothing at the 50-meter mark; his breathing and form was exactly the same....

February 6, 2022 · 1 min

Thoughts on Team Performance

If there is one takeaway from Walter Isaacson’s book The Innovators, it’s that the lone genius is a myth. Not individuals drive innovation, but teams. After learning about individual productivity, thinking about what makes teams perform is a natural progression. My thoughts here are still very much a work in progress and this is more a status report of my exploration in the topic than anything else. Team Performance Formula For a team to be effective, all its members should be competent in personal productivity habits....

November 14, 2021 · 3 min