Real Miracles Make Little Noise. Essential Events Are So Simple!

As usual, waiting for serendipity to strike is time well spent. Learning happens when new neural pathways are created, and they do so when your brain exclaims: “Huh? Heh? Hmmm! Who knew?! I will squirrel that one away for another day.” So, how important is a smile? Nothing short of miraculous, of course. I had this image on my desktop for a month or more. I knew I wanted to share it, but had no context. This morning, I thought, “well, I can just share it with an upbeat note.” [I don’t take the blog too seriously that I think … Continue reading Real Miracles Make Little Noise. Essential Events Are So Simple!

Manage For Today, Lead Into The Future?

The wholly despressing stat of the day from LeadershipABC via Jon Husband: only about 2.4% of management time (40% x 30% x 20%) is focused on building a corporate view of the future. If management is the work of today, then is leadership the work of tomorrow? The description implies forward momentum. If so, who will lead us? Who will vest their time now for tomorrow’s benefit? Who is brave enough to commit their energy to this endeavor? ←This Much We Know.→ Continue reading Manage For Today, Lead Into The Future?

I Am An Artist, You Are An Artist, We Are All Of Us Artists

Seth Godin has some great content, of course, about people picking themselves. I have written previously about the transformation I went through when I realized the means of creative production were within reach upon first using MiniDV video technology and editing on an early iMac. Embracing the technology, I was effectively picking myself: because Suddenly, I was in control, a one-man shop, a creative force! I was a child again, trying things out, self-congratulatory, experimental, churning, learning. By producing content – where before I was just full of ideas – I was making art. I was a self-proclaimed artist. Modern art … Continue reading I Am An Artist, You Are An Artist, We Are All Of Us Artists

What Modern Art Teaches Us About Opinion + Opportunity

Yesterday, I made the comparison between modern art and SocBiz. I shared a piece of (modern) art consisting of this definition: modern art = I could do that + yeah, but you didn’t. If that is true, and it is, then modern art is also about a) showing up; b) thinking and applying ideas; and c) sharing those thoughts and outputs. Ergo, it is the same for social business / networking. You see? Interesting things emerge when you have an opinion, a position, and you are willing to share it. Having the opinion is important, it stakes a claim, it … Continue reading What Modern Art Teaches Us About Opinion + Opportunity

TMWK Best Of 2013 3: Manifestos To Live By…

People like directions. Me too. I like simple, evocative calls-to-action; they stir the Head-Heart-Hand. Manifestos drive conversation – it is not necessarily about believing everything in them; but using them as a riff / filter for your own thoughts and ideas. I wrote a series of Manifestos To Live By… posts, the most popular of which has been 4 Manifestos To Live By… #2 – The Cult Of Done. Obviously, the one I am most proud of is the This Much We Know Manifesto – very much a work in progress as I try to articulate my point of view and my value. I … Continue reading TMWK Best Of 2013 3: Manifestos To Live By…

Sturgeon’s Law: 90% Of Everything Is Crap. Yes.

We read more than we have ever done. And there is more stuff to read than every before – exponentially more. According to some random blog (ok, a WIRED blog, but who cares, I’m amplifying something I read online and you are reading it): The science fiction writer Theodore Sturgeon famously said something like, “Ninety percent of everything is crap,” … I couldn’t agree more with Sturgeon’s Law, but nor could I be happier. That law allows me – nay, it practically invites me – to write. Stuff, crap stuff maybe 90% of the time, but stuff I am interested in, … Continue reading Sturgeon’s Law: 90% Of Everything Is Crap. Yes.

#WorkHacks – Get Some Hustle

I have written about hustle before. Just as you need to get into the flow of ideas and networks, you need some hustle to strike when the opportunity arises. Hustle and flow is a great combination of attributes to possess – and is a basic tenet of the TMWK Manifesto. Hustle is a (much more) natural state of readiness for Millennials. According to a 2012 US Chamber of Commerce Foundation report, 27% of Millennials are self-employed, but a whopping 90% say entrepreneurship is a mindset, not an actual role. They expect to be treated like freelancers even as employees; 58% expect the standard workday … Continue reading #WorkHacks – Get Some Hustle

4 Manifestos To Live By… In Summary: Be Curious

Manifesto: a new idea with prescriptive notions for carrying out change. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Manifesto 1 – Cluetrain. Manifesto 2 – Cult of Done. Manifesto 3 – Passionate Creative Worker. Manifesto 4 – Incomplete Manifesto for Growth. Manifesto oh! – Dogme 95 A Manifesto for Curiosity Where do manifestos lead us? The ones that are directive and certain never take us to their supposed destination. The ones that are open-minded and generous and forgiving – they take us where we need to go. Destination uncertain, but worthwhile. The easiest way to summarize my manifesto is to volunteer this: Be curious. In my 40s I am rediscovering my … Continue reading 4 Manifestos To Live By… In Summary: Be Curious

4 Manifestos To Live By… Oh, And I Forgot About This One

Manifesto: a new idea with prescriptive notions for carrying out change. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Manifesto 1 – Cluetrain. Manifesto 2 – Cult of Done. Manifesto 3 – Passionate Creative Worker. Manifesto 4 – Incomplete Manifesto for Growth. Dogme 95 The Dogme 95 manifesto had a big impact on my creative life. It was an early exposure not just to the idea that there could be new rules of engagement around a topic; but also that those rules of engagement could be simple and liberating. In the late ‘90s I was studying for my Masters in IT Management. Don’t ask me why.* My thesis was on capturing … Continue reading 4 Manifestos To Live By… Oh, And I Forgot About This One

4 Manifestos To Live By… #2 – The Cult Of Done

Manifesto: a new idea with prescriptive notions for carrying out change. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Manifesto 1 – Cluetrain. Manifesto 2 – Cult of Done. A core part of my personal brand is embracing the concept of 80-20. You can get 80% of the way there with 20% of the total effort. This is (usually) enough. Conversely, to get towards “100” takes immense effort – time, money, focus. Especially in times of increasing change and cognitive dissonance. I have rolled this brand element into the embrace of Velocity – @ speed, with direction. Working at velocity, rarely do you nail it first time. … Continue reading 4 Manifestos To Live By… #2 – The Cult Of Done