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!
Last week, in sharing this beta process of constructing a Work Manifesto For The Social Age, Richard Martin added his always excellent input…
@ThisMuchWeKnow One word I would like to see on there: Act. Maybe another: Experiment.
— Richard Martin (@IndaloGenesis) August 5, 2014
I protested that hustle was all about action…
We have so many stories to tell. And stories sell. A slight problem is that there is more information created every two months than in the previous history of the universe. FACT.
So, every story has a little competition on its hands. What to do? Well, when you are dealing with pain and guts and glory then a tearful, heart-wrenching stream of consciousness will probably do the trick.
But what about when the topic is teaching the process for submitting your expenses, or sharing your company’s three strategic pillars, or understanding why return on invested capital is critical for the long term success of the company?
A little bit of work is required, a bit of prep. How to unlock the power? How to galvanize the troops to follow you into spreadsheet battle? How to cut through the clutter?
Last night Lola, aged 6, was telling a story at bedtime to Lori, the details of which I was not privy to, but it was a real story, with detail and intrigue.
I remembered that aged 3, I recorded Lola regularly, asking her to tell me something, a story. Almost without deviation, her stories where highly literal descriptions of something in the room applied to an action.
“I want to tell you about windows that open…”
I expected some kind of genius insight, but, well, not really. It seems it takes a while to build up the strength and muscle of insight and regurgitation.
So, what are your storytelling skills like? Are they rich with insight and intrigue, or are they regurgitations of what I can already see with my own eyes?
I read a great quote today from Hugh MacLeod:
People don’t resist change. They resist being changed.
So let’s go back to the beginning and watch our kids grow up. Think how much they learn and how much they change – seemingly in front of our very eyes.
We – parents, family, teachers – are not changing them, they are changing themselves, driven by a innate curious to understand and orient and reorient, no stone left unturned.
I have been working and reworking the TMWK Manifesto into something more available – in the field of these kinds of manifestos. This is version 4 – trying to keep it as simple and understandable as possible. There … Continue reading A Work Manifesto For The Social Age: All Together Now (beta v.4)
Can the TMWK Manifesto be broken down into its individual components in order to better leverage the ideas within? That is the beta v.3 postulation of this process. Given that I have written 100+ posts about most of each of these ideas, … Continue reading A Work Manifesto For The Social Age: Individual Components (beta v.3)
I want a meme to use to discuss my approach to my writing and my brand promise. Currently, this is the TMWK Manifesto. Can I do better? For sure, I wrote the original in 30 minutes, in the spirit of the Manifesto … Continue reading A Manifesto For The Social Age: Explaining Concepts (beta v.2)
My goal is to create a manifesto for the social age, a guide for behaviour and action. The first stage in synthesizing my thought processes into a sharable design meme was to copy and paste the TMWK Manifesto, and begin stripping it down. … Continue reading A Manifesto For The Social Age: Throw At Wall, See What Sticks (beta v.1)
A few posts into this blog, writing whatever came to mind, I realised there were a few themes emerging. I quickly (beta) synthesized these down and shared the This Much We Know Manifesto (of sorts). The manifesto acts as a … Continue reading Designing A Visual Manifesto (Poorly): A Perpetual Beta Challenge