Monk meditatingI held my latest half-day Personal Quarterly Offsite last weekend. As I’ve developed regular Personal Quarterly Offsites into a personal practice, I keep finding more benefits to this structured approach. The Personal Quarterly Offsite has become a regular, valuable touchpoint for me.

That’s why I recommend this practice to everyone. I, only partly joking, like

I decided last weekend that it was time to kill off some of my innovation ideas and projects, both personal and professional.

And my timing might have been right because yesterday I watched a great Strategyzer webinar called “Why Killing Ideas is Key in Innovation,” featuring Alex Osterwalder, Tendayi Viki, and Uwe Kirscner. A replay

Photo of comet in skyOn February 15, 2003, a comet flashed through the blogging universe:

And so it begins . . .
I realized the other day that I had first written about blogs well over a year ago. In fact, the rise of blogs was one of my 2002 predictions for legal technology in my annual legal tech

Coltrane and Pollock photosI held my December personal quarterly offsite yesterday. It was enormously productive and you’ll hear more about it later. I love this approach to planning, especially in our current tumultuous times.

The big takeaway for me is summed up by the following quote on my office bulletin board from Whitney Johnson.

Some of you will

For many years, I’ve enjoyed reading the posts of several bloggers who are trying to read 52 books in 52 weeks. I’ve also wanted to find a good way for me to keep track of the books I’ve read. And it gives me a good reading target to shoot for.

Last year, I read 89 books, exceeding my goal by quite a bit. Or, more accurately, I listed 89 books that I read. I don’t list books that might reveal certain things I might (or might not) be working on. You will also notice tat I’ve been attempting to read the entire catalog of books of certain authors of detective stories.

If you forced me to pick my top books for 2019 (in alphabetical order), I’d probably list:

[I’m not sure why Amazon generates the cover images in such different sizes.]

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