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REFM -  Adrian Photo Square - CATOBThe phrase that will change your business’s future is, “I’d like to try an experiment…let’s see if this works.”

There’s a saying, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” While I may suggest it isn’t entirely true (see side note 2 in Choosing Your Surfing Style), the point is well taken: you can’t expect to see a change, unless you make a change. (Surprise, right?) Read more

Jason BlumerPeter Block is one of my favorite authors right now. He is a deep dude, and that’s why I like him. He writes about consulting and other business related topics, but he approaches these subjects from the point of view of why things happen in business (instead of what or how).

I’m working through his book Flawless Consulting, and it is a solid book for anyone that wants to consult, coach or sell knowledge. If you are a provider of credence services (see credence vs. experiential vs. search services), then Block will help you offer your services that result in more transformation. Chapter 8 in Flawless Consulting is related to the resistance we get from our customers. It’s a fascinating take on a subject I rarely think about, or even notice while it is happening. Here is a quote:

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Jennifer BlumerI recently listened to a Freakonomics podcast that really resonated with me. It was all about saying, “I don’t know,” and why that is so hard for many people. First let’s think about why it’s so hard, and then I want to dive into why we SHOULD say it more often.

Why Saying You Don’t Know is So Hard

As is the case with a lot of hard things, I believe fear keeps us from admitting that we don’t know a lot of the time, especially fear of what people will think. Read more

Other Thoughts, Personal Growth

Greg Kyte 2I really like swearing. I mean I really effing like it. And I don’t mean that fake swearing shiz. I mean the real crapola.


Now my grandma, she hated swearing. If she watched a movie with any swear words, she’d say, “There’s absolutely no reason they have to use that kind of language¹.” ² As a kid, I couldn’t argue with her, but as an adult, I saw A Few Good Men. Jack Nicholson wouldn’t have won an academy award for his role in A Few Good Men had he not adorned his lines with such colorful and acrid language.³


There is, however, an artistry to proper swearing. I like swearing at work, and I like swearing on stage, but I’m disappointed in myself whenever my usage is vapid. I love the swearing in Pulp Fiction because its use of expletives is nearly poetic. I didn’t get on board with the swearing in The Wolf of Wall Street because its use of expletives quickly became inane. Read more

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REFM -  Adrian Photo Square - CATOBThere’s a balance line somewhere between having everything planned out and having no idea what’s going on.

And the ideal is not ‘having it all figured out.’ There’s no reason to feel bad or punish yourself for not being fully organized. Chaos is a natural part of the picture — you can’t pull order from chaos without a little chaos. Which is why it’s okay to deliberately mess things up now and then. Or as we say in Thriveal parlance: blow things up.

When asked the question, “What does your firm want to be when it grows up,” it’s okay to say, “I don’t know.” Discovery really best happens from the side rather than head-on. You really can’t plan “a-ha” moments, or else it’s not really a discovery. Discovery is, by nature, unexpected. All you can do is put yourself in different places or situations where it might occur and remain open to it happening, without compulsion. A little trust in Providence doesn’t hurt either. Read more

Jason BlumerI’ve been thinking about company culture a lot lately. The Thrivecast (the podcast from Thriveal) was on culture, and Greg Kyte (my co-host) and I did some study around the subject.


Furthermore, I got into a discussion on culture in our private Thriveal community when I linked up an article in the community entitled ‘Don’t F#@! up the Culture.’ The article was written by the CEO of Airbnb, Brian Chesky, and he was telling his team what his investor, Peter Thiel, told him when Chesky asked Thiel, “What is the single most important piece of advice you can give me?” I believe it is a huge statement for Peter Thiel to respond to that question with an answer focused on controlling culture. He said, “don’t f#@! up the culture.” Since Peter Thiel was the CEO of PayPal, I’m going to listen to his thoughts on building company culture. I dug into Peter Thiel’s thoughts on culture a little more, and found the article entitled ‘Peter Thiel’s 3 Rules for Starting a Business‘ by Jessica Stillman of Inc. magazine. The article was written about a Stanford class Peter Thiel taught, and the summary of that class from the notes of one of the students. Let me point out that the first (of three) things Thiel told the students they need to do when starting a business is to get the culture right. The class notes go on to summarize a 2 x 2 matrix that Thiel discussed. I like matrices, so I built the matrix visually from the article and the notes of the student: Read more
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