Archive for June, 2005

Shifting gears

, written by Jeremy

I used to plant trees in the summer to put myself through university. It’s tough work but it pays well.

Tree planting is one of those few jobs that are so hard, so miserable, and so deeply testing that those …

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Incentives and idea generation

, written by Jeremy

This is fun stuff. Olivier Toubia, a Ph.D. candidate at the Marketing Group (MIT) has an article on Idea Generation, Creativity, and Incentives.

He writes:

“Idea generation is critical … However, there has been relatively little formal research on the

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Trendwatching

, written by Jeremy

I’ve read this for almost two years – trendwatching.com. These guys can sift.…

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Don’t suck. Dig it.

, written by Jeremy

Brian Scudamore, CEO of 1-800 Got Junk?, on his his company’s success (two franchises in 1997 to 152 today; expects revenue of $72 million this year, nearly double last year and 30 times higher than revenue from 2000):

“Superior customer …

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Designing viruses

, written by Jeremy

This article is a really tight overview of the principles of design.

I just keep saying this over and over but: designers have lots to teach entrepreneurs.

Design works because it’s a natural interface with the ways we subconsciously gather …

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Return on design

, written by Jeremy

Interesting piece on design. The return on investment pieces are worth the trip through the 1OO+ slides.

This what I’m looking in my search for the viral framework. Any other leads out there? Tag it here.…

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Good artists copy, great artists steal

, written by Jeremy

Another believer in the advantages of innovating on someone else’s (or your own) creativity.…

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Board of Directors for my life

, written by Jeremy

Corporations get boards. What about personal boards?

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Feed: Tailored by you, for me

, written by Jeremy

This is stunning.

I’m sure it will gum up in a matter of weeks, silly people will pile on the crap and Fred will abandon the feed but what a cool innovation. It’s such a great way to reach into …

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A beautiful virus

, written by Jeremy

A client has given me the not-so-small task of helping make his company viral. This seems like an incredible challenge and I’m not sure if it’s even possible with a company like his.

Nevertheless, I think about this assignment constantly …

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Jedi Masters of the sift

, written by Jeremy

ln the end I hope my clients don’t need me. Well, hope is a strong word — maybe it would be more honest to say that “should” be the case. I believe that my business will be more whole if …

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Free up time, use your brain

, written by Jeremy

A friend just handed me a chapter from Peter Senge’s book The Fifth Discipline. In it Peter writes:

“At one of our recent programs, I talked to a manger who has worked in both U.S. and Japanese firms.

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Comments – the saga continues

, written by Jeremy

I’m such a novice. I fixed the comments in the most inefficient of ways. The door is open for comments but also an unabating torrent of spam. Not only that but every comment must await my almighty moderation.

Moderation involves …

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Innovation by replication

, written by Jeremy

I know I’ve been giving Dave Pollard props; but the guy does good work.

Today he has another piece I like. Today he’s describing four types of innovation and overlays it with the methodology from Blue Ocean Strategy.…

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Writing business plans

, written by Jeremy

Lately I’ve been asked about writing business plans. Rather than bomb through all I’ve said, go here instead.

He’s done a good job, my contacts are gritty, and at 8:59 my bed is looking really fine.…

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More on complexity

, written by Jeremy

True to his style, Dave Pollard has a giant post with lots of implications for business. To toot my own horn, I’ve written on complexity too, here the most topical piece of the bunch.

Favourite insights:

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Sorry for griping

, written by Jeremy

Turns out no one could comment for who knows how long. Sheesh.

Still not sure what the problem was but at least you can now comment. Though you may have to wait until I approve (again for reasons I don’t …

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Sprawled on my couch

, written by Jeremy

Every few years there comes a moment where technology reaches into my life and shakes my brain. Today is one of those days.

I am sprawled out on my coach with a Tablet PC perched on my lap. Hugh Mcleod …

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Strategy for small fish

, written by Jeremy

Just found an article at HBS that compliments the things I said earlier today.

Part of the strategy for small niche businesses: leverage the capabilities of other players in your niche.…

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Entrepreneurs are like scientists

, written by Jeremy

Last Fall I bought a copy of Seed magazine to read their piece on Revolutionary Minds: 18 icons and iconoclasts who are redefining science. The story on mathematician, Erik Demaine, tattooed itself on my mind and I’ve thought …

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Just to be undecided

, written by Jeremy

I’ve got a rule. If I read and highlight more than 40% of an article, I don’t summarize it. I just send the whole thing.

In today’s mad rush for productivity, a paper worthy of being nearly half covered in …

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Love and meekness

, written by Jeremy

There are two aspects of business that are immeasurably important but poorly understood. These are meekness and love.

Two of the companies I work with pay me to “think on their behalf – about the company’s strategic direction.” Know what …

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