Last episode, I beseeched you all to go for “Yes!” Get the crowd cheering and hollering. High fives all round. What’s another way to look at this idea? Let’s consider the basic rule of improv theatre: Yes. And… The experience of … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 77: Yes, And…
There is a beautiful and discombobulating quote from the famous composer Leonard Bernstein, which goes like this: “I am no longer sure of the question, but I am certain of the answer: YES!” This really speaks to me. One of my … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 76: The Answer Is Yes.
We often get hiring and promotions back to front. We look for people with the existing experience doing the role, because we approach the process risk adversely, with the idea that we will therefore minimize errors. Rather, we should approach from … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 75: Hiring Advice.
There are four stages of design thinking. It begins with “What is.” – the present state in which we find ourselves, the situation or initiative. It then moves to “What if…?” where we envision a new, improved future. “What wows” … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 74: What If…?
I have had enough of this shitty weather with smoke clogging the air and blocking the sun. I see it there, a blighted orange circle hanging in the sky all day. Come back to us. It’s not even the heat, … Continue reading COVID Diaries Week 27: Fire Hazard.
The last four weeks of my year-long Cannabis Diaries; and I will finish with prognostications on 4 topics that have kept me engaged this year…products, brands, LPs, and Canada. This week, the future of products. Two areas of interest to … Continue reading Cannabis Diaries Week 49: Product Prognostications.
In my study and learning, I keep coming back to this question: How do we make a bigger, or the biggest, difference? It is easy to see ourselves as a tiny cog in The Machine, useful but rarely impactful. Especially for … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 73: Keep a Peasant’s Heart.
In the last episode I talked about insight and its unpredictability and disorganizing effect. This is not a flaw but its built-in advantage. Insight takes us outside our bubble of orthodoxy; we escape our own echo chamber. Can we manufacture insight? … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 72: Echo Chamber.
When you attend a conference or speaking event, the panelists or keynotes are often introduced as “insightful.” Insight is what we seek. That’s why we attend. They have discovered or uncovered or reimagined something and they are going to share with … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 71: Insights Disorganize.
There is a quote attributed to the economist Theodore Levitt that I read like an epiphany: “People don’t want to buy a quarter-inch drill, they want a quarter-inch hole.” It is so obvious, yet mind blowing. It makes us reconsider … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 70: People Want Holes.
A few years ago I wrote a post titled “Teach me something I don’t know.” It was about the question that Google Founder Sergiy Brin apparently asks interviewees. Put on the spot, interviewees “…think for a minute, and then their … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep. 69: Teach Me Something (I Don’t Know).
I am increasingly caught between contrasting thoughts about the pandemic’s impact on us. It sucks, it stresses and frustrates and intimidates. Also, we have our health, we have each other, we need to suck it up and not complain. The … Continue reading COVID Diaries Week 26: Mental Health.