Archive for January, 2006

Comprehensive character

, written by Jeremy

One needs to have a comprehensive character.

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philologr: jubilant

, written by Jeremy

jubilant — ju·bi·lant (jÅ«’bÉ™-lÉ™nt) — an adjective meaning exultingly joyful; full of high-spirited delight; bursting with happiness. Derived from mid-17th century latin it’s the present participle of jubilare which means to call out and shout for joy.

Peekaboo Paradox by …

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Yes (and other lies): Know thy enemy

, written by Jeremy

Every new seat at the power table must weather the intense scrutiny of all ordained power holders.

Perched precariously between a growing power holder and the ensconced, legacy power holders – every neophyte endures just one important question: Are you …

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Wrestle or dance

, written by Jeremy

To some, my thoughts on beauty and on power are contradictory. While juxtaposed, they aren’t opposite.

Most see Sun Tzu’s advice as the “Art of War” but a few see it as the “Art of Peace“. …

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philologr: specious

, written by Jeremy

specious — spe·cious (spÄ“’shÉ™s) — an adjective meaning having the ring of truth or plausibility but actually fallacious; deceptively attractive or superficially correct but actually worthless

“The distinction between children and adults, while probably useful for some purposes, is at

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Not for us.

, written by Jeremy

It is too easy to grow desperate.

As though life were a hill. The greasy floor of the slaughter house. At the bottom lies the gaping maw of desperate living, foul choices, and black thoughts.

It seems so but isn’t …

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Dollars and scents: Bagging the loot

, written by Jeremy

To get inside with a power holder: see where they are vulnerable.

To see where they are vulnerable: stop watching them.

Just as you stopped watching the speaker, now stop watching the obvious power holder. Hiding behind a quiet façade …

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Dollars and scents: Picking the lock

, written by Jeremy

The fledgling power holder is continually distracted by the need to build more.

That’s why they’re so negligent. They are looking way up above them and don’t see what’s happening where they are. This leaves them vulnerable, though they usually …

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Dollars and scents: Debt and investing

, written by Jeremy

Debt is easier to generate than equity. This is as true for corporate-types as it is for entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurs always max out their lines of credit. Max out yours.

In this case your credit is bandwidth. The time and resources …

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Celebrate milestones (no matter how small)

, written by Jeremy

Unlike Hugh, I still check my stats fairly regularly. I enjoy it. It’s marvelous that we can own words or ideas, even if it’s just for a flicker of time. Imagine owning the two-word phrase “sift experiment“. …

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Dollars and scents: Know your banker

, written by Jeremy

The first job of every entrepreneur or corporate dilettante is to know your banker.

The mistake made by entrepreneurs is assuming their key resource is ideas. And corporate-types always mistakenly assume it’s knowledge.

For entrepreneurs the key resource is cash. …

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You&Co: Foundation Series

, written by Jeremy

I’d like to start working through some parallels between entrepreneurs and corporate/bureaucratic types.

Before extending the role of any aspiring corporate player, there’s something to be said about the foundation that it’s built on — a common paradigm needs to …

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Role of wisdom

, written by Jeremy

Are you allowed to want to be a CEO?

I’m not sure if I do. And no one has ever asked me — except one lunatic headhunter. But isn’t CEOing something that requires an invitation?

Where else … name any …

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Wheelbarrow: Metatags

, written by Jeremy

What’s with the wheelbarrow? This is a placeholder where I want to begin to use and understand the humanity of tags.

More here.

Metatags: first derivative of thought.

Metatags are key to meta-knowledge

Clay Shirky: “Taggers …

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philologr: incredulity

, written by Jeremy

incredulity — in·cre·du·li·ty (Ä­n’krÄ­-dÅ«’lÄ­-tÄ“) — a noun meaning the state or quality of being incredulous; disbelief, dubiety, dubiousness, incertitude, uncertainty

“There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to

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You & Company

, written by Jeremy

I’ve been thinking about the things corporate salary-type folks could learn from entrepreneurs. It’s actually an old idea of mine … not really an idea I guess … more of a recognition — entrepreneurs have lots to teach innovators within …

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philologr: brouhaha

, written by Jeremy

brouhaha — brou·ha·ha (brÅ«’hä-hä’) — a noun meaning an uproar; a hubbub; a confused disturbance far greater than its cause merits.

Spotted at Bloglines Highlights: “Crashes in Japan, Chocolate Cities and Body Armor Brouhaha”

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Avoid prestigious

, written by Jeremy

From Paul Graham on How to Do What You Love:

“It might be a good rule simply to avoid any prestigious task. If it didn’t suck, they wouldn’t have had to make it prestigious.

Similarly, if you admire two

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philologr: randy

, written by Jeremy

randy — ran·dy (răn’dÄ“) — an adjective meaning lascivious, lecherous, or if you’re a Scot, ill-mannered. Likewise, it has meant obstreperous, unruly, rampant (The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue by Francis Grose).

Spotted at 43Folders, by Merlin Mann:…

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sift everything; experiment

, written by Jeremy

the sift everything experiment
sift. everything. experiment.
sift/experiment …

sift everything; experiment

s*e…

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philologr: flummoxed

, written by Jeremy

I’m a fan of words. It’s the biggest reason I love T.H. White, Billy Collins, and E.B. White — their delightful choice of words.

So, for kicks, here’s philologr: A pop of perfectly placed words in a world of abused …

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Slow design

, written by Jeremy

My days are a blur of chaos.  Too many new things. 

New son.  New house.  New city.  New job.  New friends.

I don’t mind the pace … usually.  But just the idea of slow makes me realize how fast I’m …

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three point oh

, written by Jeremy

Web 1.0 … 2.0 … 3.0 … is well ahead of me. I still muck around with tables, html, and color schemes. And my friends think that’s impressive — both of them.

But I could understand Jeffrey Zeldman and that’s …

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sift experiment … evolved

, written by Jeremy

[posted January 16, 2006]

Below is the purpose I had for sift when I started this experiment.

I’m still all in on those ideas but I think the purpose is quickly evolving away from purely entrepreneurs and purely business. Just …

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A genius …

, written by Jeremy

“I have met with but one or two persons in the course of my life who understood the art of taking walks daily … who had a genius, so to speak, for sauntering.” Henry David Thoreau

I am of two …

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How to get paid more

, written by Jeremy

Here’s a chore: Define what you’re worth for a day.

Don’t turtle and say it’s your wage; or if you’re an entrepreneur, what you pull down — you’ll miss too much.

Include your thought time, all the stuff you decide …

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Three ingredients for change: talkers, wallflowers, and movers

, written by Jeremy

I love conferences.

There’s no better example of how dedicated we are to ignoring everyone else. Conferences are even better than meetings because we actually pay to be there. We pay for speakers to come just so we can ignore …

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Integral to strategy

, written by Jeremy

Strategy is a mindful, present response to hope.

The difference between hope and strategy: hope is a prerequisite to strategy but not a sufficient condition. Action is also required but also insufficient. The equation must also include understanding and for …

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Blogs are like flashers; books are like strippers. And six other similes.

, written by Jeremy

Blogs are like flashers; books are like strippers.

Blogs give only a glimpse of substance where a good book builds to full revelation. Blogs present a snapshot of an idea’s evolution; a book constructs the idea from its creation to

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Optimize the ride

, written by Jeremy

Past, present, future: What of strategy?

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Better with less?

, written by Jeremy

Malcolm Gladwell tells a story about symphony auditions. Until relatively recently, auditions required the player to walk out in front of the judges, sit down and perform. And while the pool of players was racially diverse and often included women, …

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Life is now

, written by Jeremy

The only moment for color, joy, love, and grace is now.

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“… crack cocaine of the thinking world …”

, written by Jeremy

The Edge Annual Question — 2006

WHAT IS YOUR DANGEROUS IDEA?

“The history of science is replete with discoveries that were considered socially, morally, or emotionally dangerous in their time; the Copernican and Darwinian revolutions are the most obvious. What

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