Archive | February, 2010

16 February 2010 ~ 0 Comments

rocktoon – meeting

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08 February 2010 ~ 0 Comments

problem fixer

problem fixer

Frustrated and confused? Why don’t these people know what the hell they’re doing???
If you’re looking for the problem fixer, he or she may be a lot closer than you think.

No one cares about you and your situation as much as you do and the only person standing in your way to sort the mess out is you. Now get out your way and go and do something about the problem.

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07 February 2010 ~ 0 Comments

big news

big news

Have something big to communicate to a group of people? Don’t jump straight in and blurt it out.

“Big News” talks through the right way to go about announcing information (positive or negative) to any audience.

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05 February 2010 ~ 0 Comments

behind the tweet

behind the tweet

Facts do not a story make.

This is in part my mind visualizing the Rockstar Boss book coming together, but also a few threads around my day job life too.

It really does not matter what the facts you have to convey to others are. I have compiled over 200 facts for the book. These facts are completely irrelevant to you because a fact has nothing surrounding it to present it in a context that makes sense to you. Not me, you.

When dealing with the people around me during the week I have to keep myself aware of having to construct stories instead of pushing facts. These stories are obviously not of the ‘once upon a time’ variety, instead it is a visual context conveyed in words to make the message make sense to the listener.

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03 February 2010 ~ 0 Comments

rocktoon – GTD

Too small to be big, too big to be small… what’s a mid-size company to do?

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02 February 2010 ~ 1 Comment

magic wand

magic wand

Since 2006 I have followed the evolution of a fascinating podcast called Accidental Creative. Todd Henry, the lead behind that project, has brought my engineering mind kicking and screaming toward an understanding of the more analog and fluid world of creativity. Ironically, I have come to appreciate that engineering and creative minds are very similar.

By sheer co-incidence, as I was contemplating the real purpose of Rockstar Boss versus just a bunch of blog posts, Accidental Creative put the “Personal Idea Pad” up for sale.

This needs some background explanation… at the heart of Accidental Creative is the premise that creativity isn’t the result of a magic wand or a lightning bolt to the brain. The ah-hah moment almost always comes about because two or more ideas/experiences/suggestions/learnings have collided to form something far bigger than the individual components. In my personal experience, this is precisely what leads to new ideas. No magic required.

This week I used a fresh sheet from my PIP to work toward possible new directions for Rockstar Boss. The exercise was an eye-opener for a few different reasons:
- I had only been looking at articulating my own personal experiences on the blog and in the book up to now. I hadn’t yet considered the full potential behind the multiple new combinations of ideas and what they could lead to. More importantly, what these mean to those who are reading them.
- The end goal, the Rockstar Boss, needs to be personified. What are the base qualities of this person and what do they mean to you? What do you care about most?
- How radical a departure from the ‘norm’ should the Rockstar Boss be?
- How can you draw a line between Mick Jagger and Bill Gates? What could be learned by doing this?

These are only the starting ideas from my PIP exercise.

Here is my PIP page I’ve been working from. (click for full size)

Try this…
Follow the links between the individual keywords/boxes. Write down what comes to mind when you smash these two words together. If they don’t naturally join, figure out an idea that would force them to connect and note that idea.

I’d love to hear what you come up with. Email me or leave a reply below.

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