On Leverage and Clarity
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“What are the highest-leverage things you could reflect – and incrementally make progress – on?”
“I need to give it some thought.”
“Having to think about it every time signals inefficiency. It means there’s room for optimization.”
“What do you have in mind?”
“Gain clarity on it once, and make the insight persistent.
Make an open list of the highest-leverage things you could reflect on. I call it the HL List. You can call it any way you want.
In the (inevitable) moments when you lack a clear focus, check the list and resume a path that feels most appealing in the moment.”