In the previous episode I shared the original – Joseph Schumpeter – definition of entrepreneurship – creative destruction! Now, let’s jump ahead in time, to the most famous management consultant of all – Peter Drucker. In his seminal textbook on … Continue reading Dis!Organize Ep.3: Upset and Disorganize
I am a huge fan of having a personal / professional manifesto. [Definition: “declaration of the intentions, motives, or views of the issuer. Promotes a new idea with prescriptive notions for carrying out changes the author believes should be made.”] … Continue reading Work Manifesto for the Pandemic Age.
Three of my own professional ‘memories of summer’ resurfaced over the last week. Five years is an eternity in the history of ‘social / technology business.’ What were the conversations and conundrums in my professional life back then? It was … Continue reading Five Years Is A Long Time In Social
The other day I summarized my year as raising 10 digits for digital. That theme arose because I was reviewing my twitter posts for December, and everything seemed digital-focused. Clearly, alinea… #Alinea: The beginning of a new train of thought. … Continue reading Small, Fast, Antifragile, Edgy, Visionary, Human: A Digital December
“Disrupt” is everywhere, is everything. If we are to survive the coming robot / AI take-over, we must disrupt the paradigm! We must disrupt the status quo, we must disrupt ourselves. All true-ish, but definitely overwrought, too serious, bellicose. My friends … Continue reading Forget “Disrupt!”, My Gentle Call Is “Disorganize!”
A few months I attended our strata AGM, where we discussed various needs of the community. One of them is landscaping – we have several small problems with waterlogging and…kids trampling the flowers. It was agreed that we would pull … Continue reading My 7-Year Old Daughter: The Activist
I believe that work is…necessary, worthwhile, boring, time killer, inspirational. When I think my current work I feel…ambivalent, one step removed. And I wonder…why? Do you ever wonder why? That work is a disconnect, that there could be more? Around … Continue reading I Was Born Ready. I Was Born For Today. It Just Took Me 15 Years To Realize It
Have you seen the recently released New Clues manifesto (of sorts)? Gack! The ClueTrain guys are back, and on the attack – for sure. Dizzyingly poetic, aspirational and urgent, it is all that a call to action should be. I … Continue reading Why Do You Need Your Own Manifesto? Because They Get You To ACTION.
Working in a living, breathing team, one which really is the sum of its parts, creates its own (wonderful) set of <—tensions—>. We are currently closing out 2015 planning, and aligning everyone’s goals, interests and modalities is never a finished … Continue reading Platitude Attack!
Fairly regularly, in my neighbourhood, a block gets shut down to road traffic so that the local community can emerge from their homes and hang out. Usually, it is very kid-centric, food, treats, games, sports, and always plenty of chalk … Continue reading A Community Block Party That Mattered
Many people do not like change, they like to know what to do and to do it. Great. But this is not a choice for many of us anymore, and for fewer in the future.
You can embrace the idea that there is an opportunity herein – that change and emergence lets us change and grow and win. Or you can throw up your hands and hope for the best.
You know which choice I think is the smart one.
One revelation of the process of researching and activating personal branding, for me, has been a turnaround in perspective about HELP.
I have always been loath to ask for help. Always thought I could do it myself (fool!). Tied up with this is an idea that the main reason to talk about yourself is to network hard and get into people’s rolodexes / contacts so that you can pick them off one by one and ask for the help. Some childhood stuff going on there probably, but here’s the Aha!