You, in your enthusiasm and wide-eyed excitement, have a “What if…” moment and explain your idea to your leader. “What a novel idea!” comes the agnostic reply. You know that idea is in trouble, or that you work for the … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 96: How Novel!
I have a new job, and I am working from home, of course. I am even more housebound than usual during COVID-days, exacerbated by the renewal of lockdown. Work has been really mind-expanding – I have been on a virtual … Continue reading COVID Diaries Week 36: Memories.
I read a review of Richard Power’s Pulitzer-winning novel The Overstory, an interlocking narrative of different people and times and places, in which the reviewer noted “the only thing consistent is the seeking – and the humility to understand that we … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 95: What We Know Will Change.
The last category design case study is about ourselves – the story we tell to others about our particular genius, the promise we make for others to say “YES!” The right people want you (to work with them, for them). … Continue reading Category Design Case Study VII: Your Personal STORY.
Our creative agency work was almost entirely in-house. The team did it all: strategy, writing, graphics, audio, video, podcasts, editing, all the post-production. We had equipment everywhere, always a handful of cameras and mics and lights to hand. The office … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 94: Everyone Needs a Studio 20.
When we disorganize our company, we are often noodling on small ideas and unobtrusive experiments. We want to fail forward without worry, and we join the dots as we go. However, it cannot be simply a random, scattergun set of … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 93: Connect Everything. Everything Is Connected.
The Last Post is the most poignant of laments. It always brings a tear to the eye. At 1100 on 11 November each year, the family gathers together at the cenotaph and remembers those who fell in service, and the … Continue reading COVID Diaries Week 35: Remembrance.
Let’s talk about people, and creating the environment where they feel in control of their destiny, able to deliver more and better. The category design case study is about giving people agency by creating an agency. Here are the other … Continue reading Category Design Case Study VI: Give AGENCY.
Corporate life can confine. It is like a straitjacket. Everything is so serious. Professionalism has sucked the life out of the human experience of work. We should fight back, seek to inject a tiny piece of humanity into our work … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 92: Be F.R.E.S.H.
It is still ongoing as I write this, the US election. It has sucked the energy from the room for the last…4 years. As a white male, I used to find Trump rather amusing in a buffoonery way. Surely, people … Continue reading COVID Diaries Week 34: Election Fever.
How does a network of people who are unrelated, who have never met, where there is no commercial prearrangement, work? The best results arrive when people approach the network with an open mind and an open heart, participating with the expectation that … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 91: Trust.
Today’s category design case study is about seeking out the true brand story hidden deep in the organization – and allowing those people to see themselves reflected in the brand. This is how we charge the culture with electric energy. … Continue reading Category Design Case Study V: Reflect The CULTURE.