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 ...

I’m so oppressed…or am I?

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Angst is a uniquely rich country phenomenon. If you are in the majority of the world where basic minimal nutrition is a an on-going struggle, it’s a safe bet that you spend zero time worrying about updating your facebook page or if Tommy really likes Suzy better than you. Pogo strikes again Walt Kelly’s most ...

Celebrate your culture
as a source of reliability (updated)
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Lots of folks confuse activity with adding value. Billions in currencies vapourized in the dot-com meltdown because of that singular confusion. See my post on that. Or better yet, see Venessa’s. Because innovation is much more art than science, it ties in perfectly with the most effective approaches to reducing risk. If your first question ...

“I trust thee…I trust thee not” 1

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Mies was right: it’s in the details The vocally naïve narrator featured in the lead video for CRM Idol is competent enough, yet that “thin slice” difference is all it takes to disregard the speaker or fail to engage the viewer. The split second pauses and varying inflections that distinguish “speaking to” from “talking with” ...

Grand Chamber hits a home run for families 4

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Honesty in the Marketplace of Ideas If you and I were shopping for a car, dear reader, we would take umbrage at any dealer that told us what we had to buy. Even more emphatically would we vote with our wallets against any dealership that told us we could not buy a model or one ...

Beauty is only skin deep…or is it? 1

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Earlier posts and tweets have introduced the reality that when culture encounters physics, physics wins. It stands to reason that when a cultural fad encounters a physical reality, that tangible reality wins, whether or not it is in step with whatever politically-motivated whim of the moment is breaking across the bow of our ship of ...

The Risk is in the Mirror (updated!)

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At the risk (pun intended) of being pilloried as the Grinch Who Stole Christmas, I’ve been brimming over with comments about some of the articles on business risk that I’ve been reading. Not sure which is a greater hazard, the one writing or those of us reading. Let’s take this topper from “Mike” at big-accounting-firm-with-two-letters-separated-by-an-ampersand: ...

Adding a QR code to your Events

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Every once in a while, industry tools make the jump to mainstream. I think the QR codes are going to be one of those. Unlike the ill-timed Forbes jump into the CueCat, as well as Microsoft’s Tag Reader, QR codes are free to create, free to read and with this technote, hopefully, easy to use. ...

Two Brief Ideas: innovation joy and spiffing up Eventbrite

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I’m developing the discipline to post more often, so I’ve put these two ideas together, because neither was really enough for a post. Innovation Joy Who would ever have thought that redeeming IRA shares could be described as a wonderful experience? Just got off the phone with the no-load industry leader (yep, you can google ...