Double Up

There was a hill that we used to run in Germany. It was a 7% grade and could kick your butt pretty quick.

One day someone else was in charge of having us run it. The weather was rainy and miserable. I thought it was a good day to cancel PT. That didn’t happen.

I needed to do something to own the morning. I needed to do something to feel like I was choosing to do this.

We started running. I made it to the top. Lots of people were behind me.

I figured I could go down and up again in the time it would take them to finish their up.

So I did.

It was breaking the rules.

The rules were run up once and wait for the slow people while you stood in the rain. That didn’t seem to make sense. Running up twice did.

Every time after that I ran that hill twice. I didn’t think much of it though. It was my new normal.

Today I find a post on FB of one of the people who I used to run with. He was doing a weekend run. He made it to the top, then went back down to run with someone slower on their way up.

The examples you set it life outlive the time you have together.

$20 in Twin Falls

You know how it goes. Long car ride. Two hours from home and your kids are bored. So they say they’re hungry.

The trip doesn’t need you to spend any more money but stopping to eat probably isn’t a bad idea.

Instead of pulling over and letting the kids pick what they wanted I gave them $20 and a challenge to find a way for all six people in the family to get something to eat.

There was some collaboration, but no fighting. The kids actually pulled it off. Had they picked out what they wanted without the rules I set up, it would have cost me $40.

Adding a few simple rules turned this part of the trip into a game and gave us a great family memory.

Follow the Sun

Follow the sun refers to international teams. There are lots of ways to run teams scattered across various time zones, but the way I’ve found to be most effective is to let the work follow the sun.

Recently on my project most of the team went to events in Asia with me being left behind in Boise. At first I was upset on not being there with the team, but as I let my reality sink in I learned that if I had been there the project would have only had a 12 hour window to get work done in any 24 hour period. With me being on the other side of the globe we could use all 24 hours in a day as we needed to.

It didn’t happen that we needed to every day. But for the days we needed to it really helped us succeed as a team.