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05 February 2010 ~ 0 Comments

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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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22 January 2010 ~ 0 Comments

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Friday is report and document creation day. I’m seriously considering outsourcing Friday.

Each time I have to rip through email to pick out highlights from the past week, open and modify a template document and summarize for upper management* I keep thinking back to “Step III: A is for Automation” in Tim Ferris’ The 4-Hour Workweek.

If the task you are doing can be outsourced to personal assistant companies anywhere in the world for $5/hour, why on earth are you doing this task yourself? Outsource it and use the hour to learn something, take a walk, have a conversation with someone you’ve never spoken to before or go and spend time with your family.

That’s where my head was when I knocked this tweet out. Too many reports that could be done by someone else in time that I should be using to change the world.

* the higher up the ladder you’re talking to, the more succinct and direct your message must be. Is it because they’re stupid at the top and need simple words? Hell no. You are one of hundreds of demands on their attention in any given day. It’s not that the big guns don’t have time for you (we all have the same amount of time handed to us), it’s that they usually only lack the capability to give lots of attention. Present what you need to say and what needs done about it in one or two lines (preferably verbal, not email or Powerpoint karaoke). Really, only one line.

From Pascal’s Lettres Provinciales:

“My Reverend Fathers, my letters have not usually followed so closely,
nor been so long. The small amount of time that I have is the cause of
both. I would not have made this so long except that I do not have the
leisure to make it shorter.”

It takes time and is a minor art to be able to summarize and still achieve the decision/opinion/result you are aiming for.

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21 January 2010 ~ 0 Comments

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Best phrase I’ve heard so far this week: “This has been a defining week.” Also candidate for euphemism of the year.

In the busiest week of his current role so far and with a horrid curveball just thrown at him, one of my management team said this. Over optimistic? Nah… taking uncomfortable and panic in his stride. Bad things are only as bad as you want to make them.

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18 January 2010 ~ 0 Comments

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What’re you doing sitting there reading this? Go get something done…

Restrict Twitter, Facebook and email to no more than thirty minutes a day. Ignore news completely – TV, radio and Internet. Now go do something awesome with the hours in a day you have available to you. Write a book or start a blog about something you love and care about. Take a photo of something and post it for the world to see. Do something instead of consuming information that’s of no value to you.

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18 January 2010 ~ 0 Comments

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It’s Monday. Get over it. (nobody died in the manufacturing of this tweet)

For the TGIF crowd. Monday’s are not a bad thing. More fool you for not doing what you love and having to regret heading to the office and looking forward to Friday. Go do something you love instead.

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17 January 2010 ~ 0 Comments

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And besides, well behaved people don’t make history.

Well, they don’t. On one hand there’s the trash paparazzi (critics are good – means you’ve done something worth talking about), on the other there’s hundreds of millions of people who do nothing with their lives but just exist. Don’t behave. Please don’t.

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15 January 2010 ~ 0 Comments

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Ref: earlier meeting today… it’s always a joy to be witness to a lot of incredible taking place.

When loud applause happens and it’s genuine, added to a leader who done what he said with credibility – these moments in life don’t happen often but when they do it’s worth noting. Not for today, but for that time ten years from now when you look back at the great things that happened on a journey.

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15 January 2010 ~ 0 Comments

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Leaving New York. Picked up a flight 3 hours earlier than planned. Best: get to hang out with my kids b4 bedtime. http://yfrog.com/4atsqnj

If there were a battle between work versus my wife and children… family will always always win.

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11 January 2010 ~ 0 Comments

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“Rollercoaster” is the best adjective for today. Far more positive than “tornado”.

I’m a change junkie. When it happens I give it a great big hug. It’s way too easy to be negative about any change, regardless of how minor it may be. It takes character and a personal commitment (read: a bet) to make any change work.
Tornados destroy. Roller-coasters are fun, if you’re willing to take the initial risk.

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08 January 2010 ~ 0 Comments

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RT: @blankslate Dear ♥ FB ♥ friend ♥ thx ♥ for ♥ curing ♥ cancer ♥ w ♥ little hearts & for making me feel like an asshole when I dont mimic ur empty gesture

Using Facebook or Twitter to show what you stand for means nothing unless you actually do something in real life. Do something. Do something positive and with the conviction that will make other people take notice. Anyone who you know or who is following you will care a lot more about that than an empty social media gesture.

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