Dan Mall and I recently interviewed Josh Long, author, app builder, editor, and on and on and on. It was one of our better interviews on The Businessology Show. As an intro, Josh Long has some pretty disruptive ideas as to how the function of Design should live in the world, in small business and the creative field. When Josh Long is talking about design he is talking about ALL aspects of work – he wants to teach people how to design the view of their parking lot, their website, how to write books, how your business operates, how to build apps, how you serve, how you make money, etc.
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According to Lisa Johnson, author of the e-book Story Juicing, “being influential is about connecting emotionally with your audience and bringing your ideas to life.” Problem is we’re unimpassioned CPAs with no emotions for audiences to connect with. We tend to barf data into our customers’ laps and hope they’ll be moved by our data puke.
That’s why we need to incorporate simple yet effective story elements into our presentations. Read more
I think we like to think it is. I think we feel good that we can say that about our chosen profession. But I think we do a disservice to ourselves and our customers by subscribing to this notion.
You might have heard that joke about the helicopter pilot that got lost in the skies above Seattle — it was a foggy day, and visibility was very low. He circled and circled, but couldn’t seem to get his bearings. Then he pulled alongside a window of one of the taller skyscrapers, and had his co-pilot scrawl a question onto a poster board and hold it up to the cockpit window: “Where are we?” The folks inside quickly found some flip chart paper, wrote up their reply, and held it up to the building window: “In a helicopter.” The pilot immediately headed north, took two quick turns, and set the chopper down back at the landing pad. Stunned, the co-pilot finally managed to ask, “What … how…did you know to do that?” “Well, I knew we were at the Microsoft building, and it was a just a matter of making a few turns to get home,” the pilot replied. “But how did you know we were at the Microsoft building?” “I knew because the engineers there gave me an answer that was technically correct, but completely unhelpful.” Read more
Is time important? (Pardon me while I wax philosophical.) Most people would probably say yes. Possibly, people who are worried or stressed find time more important than others as the approaching of a certain event in time brings grief. They are focused on the future. The future is just one type of time we are focused on.
In my finite mind, time lies in three distinct different planes:
Past, Present, and Future
Dealing with each of the three distinct planes of time can allow us to behave more strategically, analyze more accurately, and focus on what is most important in our lives. Let me draw a visualization:
A lot of us dwell on the past. Perhaps you could have done something better. Perhaps you are pretty proud of the decisions you’ve made in the past. In either case, there is nothing you can do about time that has passed. Dwelling on the past can cripple people because of what they should have done. We can in fact learn from the past, but once it passes, that is all it is good for – teaching us about our future. Read more
Greed is not good. We have only to observe what happens when greed takes ahold of ourselves, to recognize that an unbalanced desire for wealth, and a willingness to do anything to get it, leads to an ignoble form of the human person.
Yet decades of economists have taught us that it’s pure self-interest that drives the marketplace. Theory after theory states that exchange is built on the principle of people looking out for number one. And the words of Gordon Gekko in the 1987 film Wall Street (and many films since) unabashedly proclaim that “greed is good,” and what fuels commerce. Even in recent years, the mantra of the “occupy” movement rails against corporations that care about nothing but the bottom line. At best, business is perhaps a necessary evil – it gets us the things we want. But we’re suspicious of its origins, and wary to look too deep, lest we see the avaricious monster lurking underneath. Read more