Taking my shot at describing, capturing for future, further access, what I learned this week—whether I really understood it, or not.
week 40, 2012
scaffolding city shot 113
 you never know what will be amazing
You never know what will be amazing to someone else.
Things you take for granted, that are easy to do, or not that exciting for you, for someone else who doesn't have you're experience or skills, relationships or openness (be that a lot or a little), these things that you can, and do, do: they can be AMAZING feats of problem-solving, kindness-compassion—brilliance—for someone else.
 the power of v-lookup
If you don't know this formula used in Excel to match-up data in different locations, and you provide reports, or use other people's reports, in Excel (or would like to), learn it now.
Some days, this formula is the difference between a long-ass bout of manual work (which is not only a long and drawn out battle with time, attention and stress, it leads to something that you can never be sure is right, and is not likely to be) and actually getting the thing you need done done.
And, if the different sources of data are not harboring invisible code (artifacts from their trip out of some other application and into Excel) that prevents you from matching them to each other for hours (even though they look exactly alike!), you'll not only get the thing done with integrity to your work, it'll be done quickly. I love that.
 what's the worst that'll happen?
Sometimes, in order to figure out how to allot time, resources, mental energy, you start from what's worst possible outcome and see what it would take to ensure that doesn't happen.
That can be about avoiding it, or it can be about preventing it—completely—removing it from the realm of possible outcomes.
Be careful that you're not setting your operations to avoid problems, to work around them.
Instead, think in terms of what would a perfect scenario look like: easily and clearly executed, satisfying among company insiders, clients and partners. Profitable and worthwhile work.
Maybe start from the best possible outcome and reverse-engineer that.