July 31, 2018 Daily Post
What’s your day look like?
Our teams are only as great as a day in the life would reveal it to be. Change the day to change the company.
July 30, 2018 Daily Post
Most of us can think of something that could totally change an industry, breaking the way things are done today, for the better. Like self-driving cars for taxi companies. Many fear it:
If you’re already eager to do hard, sacrificial work, and you want to offer the greatest value to those you serve anyway, then why not break your own industry?
July 29, 2018 Daily Post
Someone doesn’t Iike your work.
They have an opinion about the way you do things, or your communication style, or your priorities. Let them:
Too many differing opinions usually results in watered down work. If you answered “Yes” to the above questions, then you were probably right all along.
July 28, 2018 Daily Post
It need not be another.
Although the alternative is rare:
I’d like to think “If it’s not one thing, it’s no thing” could be a phrase that replaces the popular alternative. Perhaps then we’d all fix the problems in our work for good, rather than merely chasing symptoms around.
July 27, 2018 Daily Post
What do these three things have in common?
Progress requires slowing down:
It’s the smart work, not the hard work, that makes our work thrive.
July 26, 2018 Daily Post
…are all the parts that really matter.
For teams doing meaningful work, it’s worth keeping that in mind.
There are reminders and patterns all around us, thanks to our brains that work tirelessly to keep us safe from danger.
The way we present our work matters more than we can describe. Literally.
July 25, 2018 Daily Post
What if your price and your value are both great?
There’s a third component to consider:
The clearest communicator wins.
July 24, 2018 Daily Post
Redemptive stories are where something bad is somehow used for good.
A tragedy that changes someone’s perspective on life. A desperate circumstance that recommits someone to a cause.
What if we could get ‘the good bit’ without requiring ‘the bad bit’?
We don’t need a redemptive story. Why not just have a pre-redemptive story instead?
July 23, 2018 Daily Post
Ever notice how the best in an industry seem to defy industry stereotypes?
A stereotype represents what’s normal. If you fit one, that might be your problem.
July 22, 2018 Daily Post
If we can’t say this, there’s a problem.
We should all be able to be wrong.
July 21, 2018 Daily Post
Does our work benefit from doing it live (together) or anytime (independently)?
The answer might be both, in rhythm: first independently, then together, then independently again:
When we know what to do, train as a group, and trust each other to do it masterfully in a way that suits us, we get the best of both worlds.
July 20, 2018 Daily Post
It’s not always rude to shut the door on people.
Knowing who isn’t your market is just as important as knowing who is. Letting the wrong people show up won’t just let them down, it’ll let down those around them. Communicating in the wrong language won’t just confuse them, it’ll frustrate them.
For whom should you do a favor by shutting the door?
July 19, 2018 Daily Post
We see this written on products all the time.
But which is it: new, or improved?
We need to do things that are new; to try things that may move us forward, imperfectly. And we also need to perfect what’s there; to refine that which came before it.
And we should be clear: are we making something new, or improved?
July 18, 2018 Daily Post
Are you training your brain to have good ideas, or to agonize over decisions?
Scheduling ideas could mean you’ll make better decisions, faster, simply because you told your mind it’s on the agenda today.
July 17, 2018 Daily Post
Do you use social media?
It’s where everybody goes to play a game someone else decided we should play:
The Internet allows us to play (almost) any game we want. There are (almost) no rules. So: what game shall we play instead?
July 16, 2018 Daily Post
What is ‘luxury’?
I think it’s the opportunity that emerges when a patron believes your craft is as important as you do.
With luxury comes responsibility:
The future of luxury–I believe–is in bringing more meaning to your work, to complement its heritage. It’s in doing work that matters with and for those who think it does, too.
Whatever your market tier, it’s your responsibility to make that happen.
July 15, 2018 Daily Post
When did “being a good person” become “building a personal brand”?
Forget the ‘personal brand’:
We’d all benefit a lot if everyone would focus less on building their ‘personal brand’, and more on building their character.
July 14, 2018 Daily Post
Every time you write a word or share an image with a prospect or customer, we have a choice to make:
“Are we going to make this about us, or about them?”
Your People & Message *can become your *Research & Development, and your *work *becomes a natural expression of a continual conversation and a heart for service.
July 13, 2018 Daily Post
“In progress” means it’s not finished:
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July 12, 2018 Daily Post
“In progress” means it’s not finished:
You win some, you lose some. It’s a work in progress. Keep it up.
July 11, 2018 Daily Post
When our audience can say that, we’re already half way there.
I heard this quote while sitting in on an ImpactCoaching call between our Creative team and a client.
The Internet is full of “secret marketing hacks”. If you like intellectual entertainment, pick one. They’re a hoot.
But when our audience says that (title), we’re already half way there.
July 10, 2018 Daily Post
Does your idea make sense?
Draw it for me:
Simple drawings. Dots, lines, circles. What does your idea look like?
July 09, 2018 Daily Post
I want to visit England more often.
This sounds Iike a travel challenge. But are faster planes and cheaper fares ‘innovation’?
Let’s ask more questions:
With these answers, perhaps VR/AR (for instance) social tools might also be solutions to explore. Visiting England more often isn’t a travel challenge at all. It’s an opportunity to bring family closer together.
Innovation is asking more questions – divergent ways of getting closer to the source.
July 08, 2018 Daily Post
And it could be our undoing, if we let it.
We often hear ideas are worth little, and that it’s the execution that makes the difference. There’s a caveat:
Teams doing meaningful work need choices. From “many ideas” comes choice. Vive les idées.
July 07, 2018 Daily Post
Vision isn’t about staring at the horizon and trying to march there. That’s how visions die.
Instead, it’s about glancing the horizon then marching another 10 feet ahead:
The horizon keeps moving, no matter how far you go. Marching 10 feet ahead keeps the momentum, fulfills us, and ensures we don’t give up.
July 06, 2018 Daily Post
“What should I make so that people will buy my thing?”
No more opt-ins: why not communicate clearly and let people try your thing?
July 05, 2018 Daily Post
You’ve given it our best shot.
You’ve made a book, a product, an article, a design, something.
Two things are about to happen:
There are always temptations to change the direction of our work, to add more bits to your message, to take bits away, to better match somebody else’s vision.
Make sure your council helps you make a better version of your **work.
July 04, 2018 Daily Post
And everyone around us speaks one.
But which one?
We’re never told which we need to speak. We figure it out as we go. Being bilingual enables us to create relief and trust, excitement and respect, and permission to give the gift of our ideas.
July 03, 2018 Daily Post
Sometimes I can’t decide.
Both ideas are good. We lack data to reveal a clear winner.
So, what’s it to be?
July 02, 2018 Daily Post
What if your company was the product, not the body of work it creates?
Like a restaurant, you come for the experience and service, stay for the food, then bring your friends for more of all three.
Would you ever return if any one were to be missing?
July 01, 2018 Daily Post
When you think about it, “putting yourself in other peoples shoes” isn’t really empathy at all:
Let’s not “treat others like we’d like to be treated.” Instead, let’s treat them like they’d like to be treated.