Two announcements --
1. The Strategic Review is now on Medium.
After many years of consciously choosing not to syndicate TSR, I just made the switch.
The potential downside, as I saw it, is that maybe I'd be more hesitant to cover potentially controversial topics like the Danger Flags series was -- but, what pushed me over the edge is that the newest series, Background Ops, is both incredibly useful and totally mainstream-friendly. That's a winning combination!
So Background Ops #1: Strict Limit is on Medium -- check it out:
A big thanks to Taylor Pearson for pushing me to make the switch. (Alternatively, if you don't like the change, feel free to blame Taylor -- he's @taylorpearsonme on Twitter.) (He's also worth following.)
2. We've got a free training on November 25th: do you have already have a process to have excellent months every month? No? Join up, it's free and hyper-practical:
We're going to walk through how to debrief a month, assess where you're at, set changes and a theme for next month, and then install processes, tools, and behavior change to ensure the month goes properly.
Basically, I think it's going to be fantastic -- our last two free trainings got rave reviews, so I hope to see you there on Saturday November 25th.
Oh, and if you like TSR on Medium, hit their quirky "Clap" button or leave a comment eh? I'd be super grateful if you did.
Jazzed, hyped, etc — regards,
WHAT ARE OPERATIONS?
My definition of Operations, which I think is sound, is "the coordination of tactics over time."
It starts, actually, with philosophy -- implicit or explicit.
Philosophy: What's important and worth working towards, on the highest levels? What's worth living for?
So you decide, let's say, that "beauty" is important to you. You want to live in a beautiful world, philosophically speaking.
Sometimes the most impactful books are the ones you didn't mean to read. For some reason that I can't remember anymore, I copied a book called "On Killing" onto my ebook reader when I first bought it. It sat on the reader for eight months before I found myself unable to sleep and without any books I actually wanted to read. So I began to tackle the 400 page opus on being a soldier.
The book took me a month to get through. It's dense, thorough to the point of being repetitive, and mostly irrelevant to civilians. But it's not totally irrelevant to me: my brother Taylor is going to Afghanistan tomorrow.
He joined the military about a year ago. The decision was made without any input from the family and without much notice either. "I'm thinking of joining the Army" evolved into him being issued fatigues in a blink of an eye. Soon he was off to basic training.