How to Spend a Snow Day

How to Spend a Snow Day

“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”— Scott Adams

When I was in school in western New York, occasionally the schools would close because of excessive cold and snow. This was good because my parents really needed all of us to be available to keep the farm going! While the whole area was being shut down, we were out there taking care of cows, making sure the pipes didn’t freeze and finding that all the usual chores took hours longer than usual. We had to keep everything going when the power went out, which it did in almost every blizzard.

I’m remembering that this morning as I am watching the reports of the intense snowstorm descending on our area.

Working in the world of technology has changed how a storm affects me. My work does continue despite snow and ice. With my cellphone providing a hotspot, I can even work through power outages. The difference is that I can stay warm and comfortable while working and enjoy watching the snowfall.

I think it is important to remember all the people for whom blizzards mean extra work, including my sister, who is still out there farming. Stay warm Sis! Stay safe everyone!

During this winter storm, I will be doing my usual work. I will also be out there shoveling and helping my neighbors. I will be sure to call my sister. I hope I remember to be extra kind to all the workers who have to negotiate the weather to get to their jobs at hospitals and everywhere else they are required.

I’ll also make sure I get out there and commit some “random acts of snowmen”.

Whether you live in a snow belt or not, I’m guessing there are some days when nature adds extra challenges. What do you do on your ‘snow days’?

Yours in the calm pursuit of excellence,


Alan Willett

Photo by Alan Willett

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Anchor Your Efforts on the Value Of What You Provide

Anchor Your Efforts on the Value Of What You Provide

Most people overestimate what tasks they can do in one week. Those same people often underestimate what value they can achieve in a decade.

Many of my clients often feel like the figure in the image on the left (of the double image to the right). They are struggling through a list of tasks that they can never accomplish in that week.

Many of those tasks were given to them. Many of those tasks they self-created. And many of them likely have some significant importance for the next week or two. Some are even important for the long term.

How does one turn their inner music of feeling buried in pebbles to feeling the confidence and pride of one’s longer-term achievements?

First, I encourage people to follow my three-step reality management process.

  1. See reality.  If you are a person focused on achieving big things, you will always find your plate overflowing.  People often tell me their weeks are unpredictable. Every week, they have a constant barrage of interrupts. The key is ‘every week.’ This means that there is a predictability to that unpredictability.  Track your week. See the patterns.
  2. Accept reality.  It isn’t enough to see what your own data is telling you. I have had many clients do data analysis to see that they would have to work 180 hours a week to recover a project.  Yet, they do not accept the data.  The reason for the denial is fear of the next step.
  3. Deal with reality.  This is usually the hardest step. You have to tell people that you are behind.  You may have to say no to certain tasks.  You may have to skip those meetings you have been going to that people really want you to attend. 

People often find this process hard until they implement the key point of this short newsletter.   Work on answering this question:  what is the long-term value and impact of all those hours of your work?

Here are some ideas of how to get to your own answer.

  • Who benefits? Who are the primary people that will benefit from your work?  How will they benefit?  What is the value and impact for them?
  • Think big about the possible benefits.  Over the long term, think beyond one year, how much more could your work have a positive impact?
  • Engage those around you.  Bringing in others on a longer-term positive vision is motivating for you and them. 
  • Anchor your efforts today on the long term impact you will make.  The reality management steps get much easier when one focuses on the distant horizon. You will need to make daily adjustments, but you must keep pointed towards the big value you can provide.

There are not one-time steps.  I encourage you to refresh periodically. If you need help getting your vision clear, reach out to others. I love helping with this.

The better you get at focusing on the value you provide, the more fun every week becomes.

Yours in the calm pursuit of excellence,


Alan Willett

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Design for Speed

Design for Speed

“I have the need…the need for speed!”— Quote From the movie Top Gun

Last week’s newsletter about the need for “DESIGN” generated lots of questions, most of them nicely phrased.

The big summary of the questions was simply this. “We are supposed to be doing Agile. Even if we agree with you, ‘design’ is not acceptable in the Agile world.”

I encourage everyone that has this question to read the original agile manifesto.

You will not see anywhere that it says don’t design. Or that design is not important. In the “principles behind the Agile Manifesto,” design is called out twice as a key principle.

Yet, many people think that design and Agile don’t mix well.

I also understand why some people have negative feelings about design. Too many organizations treat the design process as an opportunity to produce large, cumbersome, useless documents. They add no value and slow you down.

I have also seen the design phase result in “analysis paralysis.”

Neither of those is a problem with the design process. The problem lies in some people’s understanding of a good design process.

When I talk about design, I am talking about ensuring that multiple ideas are debated to approach a problem. When I talk about design thinking, I am talking about the urgency to make sure our solutions are created on a solid foundation. When I am talking about design, I am talking about prototypes’ need to explore alternative approaches to the problem both from a technical perspective and from a user’s workflow perspective.

When I talk about design, I am talking about resilient eloquent solutions that enable new features to be easily added.

I have worked with multiple clients who have adopted various Agile methodologies, including Scrum, XP, and Rapid Prototyping. They stopped doing significant design work. In many cases, they had accumulated a significant amount of technical debt, making them slower and slower. Initially, doing “2-week sprints” (a core of Scrum) made them feel faster. Now many of the teams were spending their sprint times doing rework. Rework is not faster. It makes the whole organization slower in achieving speed to value.

I suggested to each of these teams is to claim ownership over whatever methodology they were using. I suggested customizing the methodology to fit their environment and their needs.

With my encouragement, each of those clients added design methods that worked for them.

With that addition, they got faster.

If you need speed, you have to design for speed.

Yours in the calm pursuit of excellence,


Alan Willett

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Design Is the Fuel of Long Term Speed

“If you think good design expensive, you should look at the cost of bad design.”— Ralf Speth

Great design is the foundation of speed to value for any organization.

Too often, the pressure is on people to hurry up and get something done. People attempt to do good work under that pressure. They quickly get something new created. They get it out in front of people, and it gets used. The team then iterates on that first product and incrementally improves it.

This is not bad, at first. But, sooner or later, the team will struggle. They will get slower and slower as they try to add more features to that initial design.

I have seen this happen to many good teams. Eventually, management thinks they are a failed team.

Exceptional leaders are masters at leading the design process.

  • They know when to do prototypes and why.
  • They hone the ability to switch gears from the prototyping sandbox to the production process.
  • The master the 7+ different types of technical debt.  They know what to do when they have technical debt. They know how to prevent technical debt.
  • They know that great design results in the best speed to customer value.
  • They know that design is where creativity lives.

I have coached multiple teams to make the mindset shift to be masters of design. They increased their speeds by 10x and more.

Becoming a master of design is a core part of the Exceptional Engineer (SM) Experience. You can see some more details here.

One of my mentors often talked about the importance of design. Her mantra was and is, “The key to great products is Design, Design, Design.”  I agree. What do you think?​

Yours in the calm pursuit of excellence,


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Plan for Failure: Always Have Alternative Routes in Mind

Plan for Failure: Always Have Alternative Routes in Mind

“Before flights, pilots must get a picture of the weather that is expected over the whole area that may be covered during the proposed flight.”

— Wisdom gleaned from the “Private Pilot’s Handbook of Weather”

“Always know your escape routes” is a frequent mantra when I teach people to drive.

I then engage them in a discussion of all the surprises that can happen while driving. It ranges from unexpected moves by other drivers, deer leaping into the road, larger than expected potholes, and more.

So while driving, I keep asking whoever I am teaching, “Where is your escape route?” I train them to think about what they would do if something went wrong around them. Where would they go? On clear back roads, we practice emergency braking and evasive maneuvers.

The more subtle lesson is to also plan for unexpected events on long trips. If you know what time you want to get there, you need to plan for traffic, accidents, and more. What happens if you have a flat tire on a trip where the roads are busy, and it is snowing. Do you have a spare? Do you know how to change it, or do you have an emergency roadside service? Did you leave ample time for addressing changes in weather and other unforeseen problems?

The larger and more important the projects you tackle, the larger the unexpected events and risks your project faces.

That is why I say to people I am coaching on big work adventures, “If you want success, plan for failure. You are not planning to fail. You are planning on how to get around it, leap over it, or break right through.

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Strategy is More Than Choosing a Direction

“Watch the blade, not the soldier, Madoc told me many times. Steel never deceives.”— Holly Black

“Alan, we could really use your help in running our upcoming strategy sessions,” sighed one of my long-time best clients.  This client does very well at many things, and I was thrilled to be able to help.  I said, “Certainly.  Can you provide me the results of any previous strategy sessions you have held?”

Over the next day, I received the results from the previous three strategy sessions.  As I read the documents, I was stunned.  Although the words were different, each of the strategy sessions said essentially the same thing.  The leadership knew very clearly where they wanted to take the organization.  Their vision had not wavered across the three years.  However, they had failed to make any progress on getting to that new paradigm.

I went back to the executive and explained that their problem was not setting a direction. Their problem was in getting there. We transformed the strategy event into a strategy and “move forward fast” event.  

The following are a few of the key decisions I had them make.

  • To achieve the new paradigm, what key things do each of you need to create and do?  
  • What expectations do you need to set for your suppliers, customers, and the people who work for you?
  • What training do you need to provide?
  • How much money and time do you need to invest in each of these things to happen?

With those established, I moved them to the two most critical questions:

  • What will you take out of your current schedules and current activities to make this new paradigm happen?
  • And the most important question of all:  What commitments can you accomplish in the next two weeks?

They each promised to each other as the leaders of this organization to make it happen.  They further committed to meet every two weeks to decide on the next steps to ensure success.

Another time an executive asked me for my definition of “strategy.” 

I said, “It is simple. Where do you put your time?”

She said, “Oh my. We have a strategy problem.”

The team I was working with was successful in changing where they put their time.

I have three questions for you.

  • What will you take out of your current schedules and current activities to make this new paradigm happen?
  • And the most important question of all:  What commitments can you accomplish in the next two weeks?

Yours in the pursuit of excellence,

Yours in the calm pursuit of excellence,


Alan Willett

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The Year Ahead Will Have Unexpected Twists and Turns. Is That a Surprise?

“Adventure isn’t hanging off a rope on the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude we must apply to the day to day obstacles of life.”— John Amat

The temperature was below 30-degrees Fahrenheit. The winds were fast and sharp, filled with bits of icy rain. The lake was blown into nearly frozen whitecaps.

Those that know me to know that I much prefer the 80-degree Fahrenheit kind of weather. This was not that! But the cold did not stop me from having a spectacular energizing hike beside our local lake. 

Where I live, we don’t know precisely which days will bring challenging weather to our skies, but we do know those icy days will come. So we are prepared. We make the most of the experience.

Every year has unexpected twists and turns; last year more than any that I remember. This new year will also have its own complexities and revelations.  

As exceptional leaders, I suggest that we be prepared.  

Today I offer one exceptional leadership preparation rule:  embrace the adventure. 

We do our work not because it is easy, but because the work is important.  We do the work to help us hone our own skills.  We do the work because it is valuable to others who benefit from our sweat and expertise. 

Toward the end of our hike, we stood at the end of a pier stretching out into a sheltered cove. The ice had a perfect reflection of the sky. We went on that cold, icy hike to enjoy the experience. We were given a reward equal to the journey.

May everyone have a year with adventures that help your spirits soar accompanied by gratifying rewards throughout.

Yours in the calm pursuit of excellence,


Alan Willett

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Start Out Fast, Pick it Up in The Middle, Kick It In at the End

Start Out Fast, Pick it Up in The Middle, Kick It In at the End

You can get excited about the future. The past won’t mind.
— Hillary DePiano

All my clients and I seem to be engaged in the year-end rush.  There is so much we want to accomplish before the holidays begin.

As we do this, the speakers in the subways of London, England, start to echo in my ears.  “Mind the gap. Mind the gap.” 

And whether boarding a subway or jumping into a new year, that is excellent advice.  Generally, people want to come in the new year with renewed energy and ready to start fast.  The risk is that they forget what they were doing in the final rush before the holiday gap began.  And it takes a while to restart.

They tripped on the gap.  Which is dangerous on a subway and at the very least, an annoying way to start the new year.

My encouragement to everyone is to keep a calm center as we work to close the year-end.

Start setting up meetings for the first week of January that will energize the new year. If you are going to do any work over the holidays, make sure it is work that you love, work that gives more energy to you than it takes.

On your final day of official work before you start the holidays, send yourself an email that encourages you on the key things you want to remember.

I like to be able to start the new year ready to execute the advice my cross-country running coach gave me in college so many years ago.  He was mostly kidding because it is not an optimal running strategy, but I have always loved it.

So as he coached me so wisely, my wish for you is this:

Start out fast, pick it up in the middle, and coming flying into a wonderful finish for your year of 2021.

Yours in the calm pursuit of excellence,


Alan Willett

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Reaching for the Stars in Our Minds

Reaching for the Stars in Our Minds

“When you reach for the stars, you are reaching for the farthest thing out there. When you reach deep into yourself, it is the same thing, but in the opposite direction. “— Vera Nazarian

The earth was miles below. Its vivid colors contrasted against the deep blacks of outer space. I suddenly recognized Lake Victoria and the Nile flowing northward from it as they emerged from beneath the cloud cover.

I expect the cosmonauts were not as distracted by the view as I was.  

On Sunday, we spent a long time watching the live feed of the spacewalk to prepare the International Space Station for a new module. While watching, we discussed a few of the miracles we were seeing.

  • The engineers who designed all the equipment being used had to consider how well they would hold together in space conditions. 
  • The engineers had to strip away everything not necessary.  Every ounce going to space is expensive.
  • The parts had to be designed to be repaired by people in those bulky suits.
  • The people there trained very hard to do their jobs and their jobs in those bulky suits are quite complex.
  • When watching the Earth from far above, we can see no borders. I am thrilled to see the multiple nationalities on the space station work so well together.
  • They were successful.

Reaching for the stars starts right here, on earth, in the imagination and creativity of people.

A few weeks ago, we watched the International Space Station pass overhead on a clear night.

Looking up at it inspires me with the belief we can together solve many of the problems that face humankind.

Yours in the calm pursuit of excellence,


Alan Willett

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The Promise of a New Year

The Promise of a New Year

“In the end, it all begins”
Saji Ijiyemi  (wrote Don’t Die Sitting)

To say that 2020 was a surprising year is a vast understatement. Many people I know had challenging years, some had unexpected successes, and no one had the year they originally envisioned.

Yet now 2021 is on the horizon, a year whose pages are still blank, whose days are full of potential, and whose weeks hold possibilities just begging us to imagine them.

Some think the division between years is an arbitrary marker, and I suppose for them it is. For me, it is a marker that coincides closely with the winter solstice of the northern hemisphere. The darkest day will pass. We will move once again into the light. There is a refreshing winter holiday gap for many of us before 2021 begins.

Now is the time I work to close the current year and be ready to embrace the potential of the new.  Here are five things to consider in the waning weeks of the year.

Reflect on accomplishments.  One of my clients recently was concerned about their lack of progress. When we listed all the accomplishments from the year, he was amazed. I encourage you to look backward with a positive focus.  Even where there were disappointments, shift focus to the learnings or the very fact that you survived. 

Think big.  Think big about what can be accomplished by the end of 2021. I like looking ahead to a more distant horizon. Distance gives so much more confidence in what is possible. I imagine the great things that can happen. This provides impetus to start toward that horizon with actions right now.

Determine your keystone. Looking at the whole blank page of the year can be overwhelming. Think about this. When building an arch, it is locked in place by a keystone. A success as strong as the strongest arch can be built with a keystone habit. What is the one keystone habit you want to start 2021 with?

Hold a ceremony to separate the years.  For the last twelve years or so, I have hosted a bonfire on New Year’s Eve.  Before midnight people throw into the fire pieces of paper inscribed with what they want to leave behind.  At 12:01 AM, people throw into the flames their intentions for the new year.  The fire burns away the undesired. The fire sends up our best intentions to greet the sunrise of the new year.

To magnify the power of these steps, do them with your co-workers. Do them with your family.

The best way to have an exceptional year is to start it that way.

Yours in the calm pursuit of excellence,


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A bonfire to start the new year.
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