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27 April 2010 ~ 0 Comments

precision

precision

You want something done by someone by sometime. Yeh, let’s go do that. WHAT???

When you need people to do something, be very specific. Set a goal or objective and give it a deadline. Make it quantifiable and something that can be measured.

If there is a destination, people can go on a journey. People will go on a journey. This is ultimately what motivates people to be part of something.

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01 April 2010 ~ 0 Comments

profit and loss

profit and loss

More often than most realize: the fundamental core of business is thrown out the window when a fire needs doused, an issue needs taken care of or a topic has a committee thrown at it.

We have to invest time, people, effort and resources into things that will bring us more money. Only these things. Anything else is against the very core of maintaining a healthy and growing business.

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30 March 2010 ~ 0 Comments

positive anger

positive anger

It’s perfectly okay to be angry. It’s what you do with the anger that makes a difference.

Instead of beating up on people, screaming at walls or going all high school on the situation – channel the anger into something worthwhile.

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19 March 2010 ~ 3 Comments

i do not buy art

i do not buy art

It’s really not me. It is not who I am, what I stand for, anything I enjoy or what I represent. Other people; much older, richer, attention-seeking people buy art.

However, earlier this week, I bought this…

gapingvoid - Linchpin series - Life is too short

Is it well crafted and pretty? Yeh, I suppose. Does it look good on my office wall? It’ll certainly liven up the beige overload that occupies it today.

So why buy it? Here’s why…

  • I read a book a few months ago and it made sense to me. Turns out the author is an artist. This is one of his more recent works.
  • On Monday I attended the “Millionaire or Artist? Why not both?” panel at SXSW Interactive. Here’s an extract from the session…

    In this part of the panel discussion Hugh appears to be the only one who sees the art world going the same way as the Internet sent tv, newspapers and the music industry. And, in my books, he’s absolutely right.

    While he may be a little rough around the edges, the handful of ‘balls to the world’ appealed to my escaping rebel.

  • Moments before the trade show part of SXSW ended I was able to meet him in real life at his small booth showcasing some of his artwork. The difference between a mental image and then meeting that person can be immense. Hugh MacLeod in the flesh is neither polished, refined or a well rehearsed public acrobat. Nor is he a smooth sales guy or business developer. He is himself and makes no attempt at imitating any other persona. Thank fuck for that. It was an enormous relief.
  • Hugh is good friends with Seth Godin (I meant to ask Hugh about how this connection came about but completely forgot when I met him). I am Seth’s second biggest fan. Seth sent me two free copies of Linchpin – his strongest work to date.

    Hugh created the “linchpin” series of drawings to commemorate the book.

To extend my visible appreciation of Linchpin, to celebrate my first SXSW event, to mark meeting the author and artist Hugh MacLeod in real life and to celebrate that successful people don’t have look like Hollywood stars and convey Steve Jobs’ business acumen
that’s why I bought this art.

Whatever you create only carries the relevance and value of the person who’s going to live with the work after you’ve given it to them. With this particular purchase I didn’t so much buy a print of a drawing from an artist as mark a milestone in my life.

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09 March 2010 ~ 0 Comments

the fear

the fear

The one thing that separates successful people from unsuccessful: fear. Not necessarily simply having fear, everybody does, but knowing you can handle whatever has caused the fear to take hold.

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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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24 January 2010 ~ 0 Comments

simplicity

simplicity

On the topic of presentations, meetings, conversations or any other type of interaction that leads to you gaining the result you wanted, all types of ‘rules’ float around on the topic of how much to say and for how long.

Citing the example of the world’s current beau of the stage and product announcement: Steve Jobs… each time he takes the stage he is well rehearsed (obviously), predictably turned out (without being another suit and tie on a platform) and says no more than three things. Occasionally he has a ‘one more thing’, but that final extra point is nothing short of explosive for the world of consumer technology.

What is the key to Steve’s keynote success? Tells a story in the domain of the audience and keeps it simple.

So I’ll keep this simple.

1. Figure out what message (yes, singular) you want to convey or where you want to lead the people you are talking with to be and say the bare minimum that will bring them to where you need them to be. The absolute bare minimum and no more. Fluff adds nothing. Keep what you need to say clean and clear.

2. Whatever you succinctly need to say; frame it in their context and not yours. If you were them, what would you want to hear that would make sense? The iPod nano first generation had an 80MHz ARM 7TDMI ’system on a chip’ processor with 2Gb. Awesome. Means nothing to most, and especially not the audience it was targeted toward.
The iPod nano holds 1000 songs in your pocket. YOUR pocket. Yes, you. That’s what it does for you. Interested? Tell a story that’s not yours but theirs and one that makes a difference in their life.

3. Let your crowd know how many topics you are going to cover with them (maximum three). Deliver those topics. Then tell them what the topics you just covered with them were. It sets expectation, it delivers and confirms. If you can, finish on the biggest and most pertinent/memorable point you have to make.

One more thing… do not be Steve Jobs. Be you. If the audience wanted to see Steve Jobs, U2, the pope or any other superfluous big name, they would absolutely go out of their way to do so (in the same way that if you wanted to watch an episode of Desperate Housewives you would make sure that you did). The audience in front of you has invested the energy to sit their cheeks on seats to listen to you. Yes, you. Give them your show and not someone elses.

Here’s Steve at work back in 2005. He sticks to three things, embodies them in a story that the audience can visualize in their own context and keeps it brief.

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18 January 2010 ~ 0 Comments

death by email

death by email

Email… it’ll kill you if you let it. The points in this video may sound extreme, however they are entirely practical and realistic.

If you find yourself about to write an email…

1. Phone the person or, even better, visit the person.
2. If you absolutely have to email: use facts only. No emotion or opinion.
3. Someone sends you an email, reply in person not by email.
4. No cc:’s

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13 January 2010 ~ 0 Comments

panic, it’s a crisis

panic, it’s a crisis

When the fit hits the shan there are clear, obvious steps that can be taken to grab control again.

1. Establish whether what’s happening is a nuisance, a problem, a crisis or a catastrophe. Deal only with a crisis.

2. Minimize the number of people involved to no more than three and only select those who can decision and/or action others to resolve the crisis.

3. Act and track to closure. I’m serious – track every actionable item to the end.

This is still early days on the video front for me. Still a little raw. There’s no ego here – let me know what you think I could do better with the YouTube work.

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