Writing the Future 15 Seconds at a Time – updated! 4

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Revised 03Mar2014 The word “calamus,” from ancient Greek, refers to the reed used as a spice, as well as the hard part of a feather quill used to create pen tips. To adapt and extend the 15 second encounter concept first articulated by Jan Carlzon, former CEO of SAS Airlines: we are calamus, as pen ...

Reflections on Connecticut shooting 2

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No words can adequately contain or express the grief born by the parents of those in Friday’s senseless tragedy where the fire of life was snuffed out for 20 children and 8 adults, including the shooter. The technology post I’ve been working on can wait. As I wrote just over a year ago, in Personal ...

Keeping work playful – updated! 1

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Einstein is quoted as saying “Love is a better teacher than duty.” John Anderson extended that to “Memorization is a function of duty; knowledge comes only from love.” We are hard-wired to be people of community, it’s in our DNA. No amount of new-agey nonsense can change that. We also know that trust is most ...

A New View of Wayfinding

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We will advance our cause more when we help others figure out where they want to go—and help them get there. In building out the vital intersections between the way we construct our physical world and how those buildings, those structures influence the way we treat each other, books can serve a vital bridge. Even ...

The Risks of Not Learning, Part I 2

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Penny wise, pound foolish has rarely had so direct a demonstration. Let’s say that you’re a director at a large food products company. Imagine the chaos that ensues when deep within the bowels of the organization, an HR troll FIRED your right arm, your executive secretary, your “Man Friday” while you were on Christmas holiday, ...

An Open Letter to the Stanford Selection Committee

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2012 is just starting and I’m snorting like a bull in a rodeo. MBA, Schmembeeaye. One of my twitter friends highlighted a position recently posted at Stanford: The SEED Case Writer is responsible for researching and writing new case studies and teaching notes related to entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial ecosystem in developing economy countries. Respectfully, ...

O.c.c.u.p.y Hearts & Minds 3

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IMAGINE if the One World Scheme anarchists (which some call Occupy Wall Street, OWS) had developed a coherent set of beliefs and a community-oriented strategy. IMAGINE if they had respectfully approached neighboring homeowners and businesses with a well-though-out and well-articulated proposition (run with me here): We would like to peacefully protest what we see as ...

The Risk of Good PR

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After a busy week and a conference all weekend, the new faith-based blog (Enchiridion Texanae) is up-to-date, yet I was wondering what I was going to write about for the personal/tech blog. Thankfully, the talented, erudite and oh, so articulate Umair Haque solved that for me with a lovely burst of world-wide attention. Seriously, what ...

Persistence of y.o.u.r. Vision

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Just recently I had a mentoring session with Bob Roe where he introduced an idea that he and Brad Moore had been discussing on maturing your business vision. In a nutshell, this is the sequence of steps to take your vision, which you have written down in vivid terms of present success, into an operating ...

Reverse Luddites 1

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One of my most memorable professors, Charlie Gilmore, had a saying: figures don’t lie, but liars do figure and statisticians are great liars! Here the US Census bureau gives us some whoppers to digest. Heartburn is more like it: even today, there are those benighted folks committed to illusions of the past when today’s painfully ...