Back to Work

Back to Work

Back to Work is an award winning talk show with Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin discussing productivity, communication, work, barriers, constraints, tools, and more.

Hosted by Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin.



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44: Circuitous Bridge of My Own Design

December 7, 2011 at 7:30AM • 1 hour 13 minutes • Wiki Entry

Topic: Moving from dumb nouns to awesome verbs.

This week, Dan and Merlin talk about the problem with Capital Letter Nouns; how real and specific verbs will always trounce Excellence, Effectiveness, and Mission Statements--even in the Best-of-Breed Pursuance of Five-Nines Quality Across The Enterprise.

They also look at transitive and intransitive flavors of "feasance," finding your keyboard's Excellence Key, opting-in for The Johnson Treatment, lancing that actionable boil, and (as ever) shooting the obvious fish in the obvious barrel.

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Today’s eppie continues our thread of “asking better questions.” (Cf. Back to Work e42: “Coconut Headphones” and Back to Work e43: “I Return Null”)

Hat tip for the “impostor syndrome” suggestion goes out to our beloved chat room jackal, jxpx–777–1138 (a/k/a, Jamie Phelps).

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