Like a person-sized duck. Or a duck-like person.

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Every Thursday I share three useful things to help you turn overthinking into expert thinking. Here are this week’s picks:


Rubber duck debugging is a simple method from Software Engineering for getting unstuck. There are two steps to this process and it works for more than just technical problems.

I discovered this on my 8-year career journey from Web Developer to UX Researcher to Transformational Coach.

There were times on that fraught path that I needed a person-sized duck to talk to. Or a duck-like person.

Here's what I learned about how to talk to ducks
(and how to be more duck-like for the benefit of others, too).


World-renowned graphic designer Paula Scher's 10 rules of play

I love how all of these involve creating space or distance. Counter-intuitive but oh so important!


A wonderfully-resourced and quote-full long read on what makes a strategy great

If you're short on time, here are the main sections:

A great strategy is…

  • Simple: Reshapes complexity to be manageable and actionable.
  • Candid: Dares to spotlight the most difficult truths.
  • Decisive: Asserts clear decisions and accepts their consequences.
  • Leveraged: Magnifies strengths into durable competitive advantage.
  • Asymmetric: Defeats uncertainty with higher upside than downside.
  • Futuristic: Solves for the long-term.

Extra thoughts

In last week's newsletter, I tried something new. Something I'd never seen done before. I cleared my Friday and opened a 1-day free coaching pop-up shop

It was a huge success! Thanks to the many of you who went on this little adventure with me. I learned a lot and I know you got value out of it too. I'm so grateful. I'll definitely be doing this again, with improvements!

Lastly, I'd love to hear…what's been most useful in this email?

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Kim Witten, PhD - Coach & Consultant

Hello! My name is Kim Witten and I’ve spent four decades overthinking absolutely everything. I’ve turned this ability into a super skill to get stuff done and now my mission is to help others do the same. Read more about my journey

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