It's Rick's turn to share this week...
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This week it's Rick's turn to share her three interesting links...


“Good artists copy. Great artists steal”
Pablo Picasso

Dennis Vergne and I wholeheartedly agree with the great painter. We advocate that our clients “steal” our ideas and our work and put it in play inside their teams, organizations and their lives. Pay it forward if you like. David Brooks of the New York Times makes the same case here. Turns out that The Beatles followed the same strategy.


A friend gave me a gift of Tim Ferriss’ book Tools of Titans. Now I am a big fan of Ferriss but all his books intimidate me. They are mammoth door stoppers. This book is no different, weighing in at 690 pages. I left it on my table for a month before I opened it. Turns out I wasted a month. This book is a gem of ideas as put forward by guests on his podcast. The book is full of brilliant ideas and methods by all sorts of people, famous and not. If you read one short chapter a day for a week, I suspect this book will become a resource for you.

My wife, Theresa, and I are moving to Oxford, UK in about four weeks. We cannot take everything with us. In fact, we can barely take anything. So I am culling my library of books. I lean on books as professional thought partners. Some of them are essential to me doing my job. There is one non-business book that I have picked up every week for about four years. It is Twyla Tharp’s The Creative Habit.

Tharp is one of dance’s greatest choreographers. A more accurate description is one of the world’s greatest creatives. I read her ideas every week so I keep my creative juices flowing. She never fails. If you seek inspiration to create, Twyla Tharp is waiting for you to join her in the dance studio. She will stomp her foot and shout “BEGIN.”

More interesting reads from the Basis group...
Basis's new introductory video
The Basis Team

We've created a new video for our Homepage, which gives a brief introduction to what we do and how we can help teams in the public sector. Give it a watch if you'd like a refresher on what we're all about (or if you miss hearing Joe's dulcet tones!).

Max Goodall

Max has written another great blog, this time on his experiences of working with Matt and a local council. He talks about what we do best - impact sprints, deep work, getting it done days. He says 'this was probably the most I've ever learned in the shortest time'.

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