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Thoreau on character

Pity the man who has a character to support.

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Comprehensive character

One needs to have a comprehensive character.

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Crystalline integrity

Integrity is fragile, critical and expensive.

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Foundations for air castles

For impact investment to thrive, the castle needs a foundation.

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Precision – a manifesto for impact investment

Drive investment: deliver results, be precise, embrace complexity and create clarity.

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Loaded for seagull, built for battleships

Two essential decisions lie between you and greatness.

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The ‘in’ and ‘no’ of innovation management

Business innovation starts on the inside. And, more often than not, it begins with No instead of Yes.

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Convert core competencies for value creation

To enjoy consistently superior performance, you need to know where to focus your practice.

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Strategic fit of place

Strategic fit, between the character of place and local industries, increases investment success.

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When awkward is best

For small companies, awkwardness is an oft unappreciated asset.

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Principles of economics; meaningful as ever

Timeless principles matter

I’ve been lucky and had good teachers. The best encouraged my natural interests. One of these passions, probably inspired by countless fantasy novels growing up, is the timeless and often ancient principles of art, architecture, literature, philosophy …

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Grow your business: better, not bigger

Small businesses, gazelles, and large corporations all face enormous pressure to grow. This pressure exists whether or not growth is a good idea.

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Terrior. Not frightening. Not a dog.

How the character of place influences and shapes everything it makes.

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Key ways story-arcs change business strategy

The best writers arc their stories to intriguing and unexpected ends. Can we arc businesses too?

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Embracing elitism

Here’s another question for Chris, Siona, and Dave: What is a facilitator compared to a host? And compared to a coach? And finally, compared to an artist?

I ask because people keep suggesting I’m a facilitator. But …

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De-patterning: refining the first stage of thought

After finishing New World, New Mind I was convinced of two things. First, more attention is needed around staging our thinking processes. Second, the authors didn’t had no idea how to do it.

So, while Cuban waves tickled the beach, …

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A master at play

Henry David Thoreau’s taste for life is, for me, unmatched in its perception, power, and vitality. From earnest to silly, most of it sings. His journal … it’s like watching Michelangelo whittle. The rippling strength of a master at play.…

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A distinct view of the naked whole

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations:

“When an object presents itself to your perception, make a mental definition or at least an outline of it, so as to discern its essential character, to pierce beyond its separate attributes to a distinct view …

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Reviewing profound

Time away brings introspection.

Long hours in a canoe give lots of room for thought.

While I sort through those ideas – here is a compilation of favourite ideas from the past. It’s a series of posts about purpose, perfection, …

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How to be introspective

Introversion isn't bad, it just has consequences.

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Pitching, flipping, and pinging – forgotten principles

Before pitching, or flipping, try pinging.

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Get your awe on

Learning how to taste a room.

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Regaining the helm of time

You are invited to stop.

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philologr: poignancy, sublime, prosaic

Nothing can be ravishing that is not pervasively beautiful.

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Dollars and scents: Debt and investing

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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Wheelbarrow: Metatags

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

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Metatags: first derivative of thought.

Metatags are key to meta-knowledge

Clay Shirky: “Taggers …

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People business

The company I work with invests in three areas: financial capital (of course), intellectual capital, and managerial capital.

Financial capital is really the grease that gets everything else moving. Without it there’s mostly friction, lots of heat, but little else. …

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Wheelbarrow: Metatags

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

Metatags: first derivative of thought.

Metatags are key to meta-knowledge

Clay Shirky: “Taggers are good at …

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Less fat, more meat

Holidays, long absences (or large abscesses), and in my case a gynormous move, threaten the very foundation of something like a blog. In reality a blog is incredibly fragile. Mostly carried by the resolve of a single author, a blog …

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All parables, all together

Compiling a list of lessons, this post presents a series of parables on entrepreneurism, perfect-for-purpose, and peerless innovation.

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Without peer

A gracefully executed work has no peer.

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Pitching, flipping, and pinging

Not too long ago I wrote a series of posts on pitching. It was mostly for my own sake that I put those pieces together — I wanted to better understand what pitching actually meant and where it was …

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Jedi Masters of the sift

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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Conditions of success

On the heels of my heartfelt yop – Frickin’ amazing vs. the long tail – as if guided by benevolent deities, I found “What really works.” With bemused resignation I note the publication date of July 2003 – if I …

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Leeches and bullion

1) Don’t work with bad clients.

2) Don’t work with bad people.

The great temptation for every entrepreneur is to take every dollar you can get and hire any cheap brain you can find.

Seth Godin covers this in …

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Reading children’s books

In the comments Evelyn Rodriguez writes of her decision “to write more stories and read more stories and put most biz books on the back-burner.” She’s been writing about this theme often lately, see here, here, and here

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Look!

A few days ago I met one of life’s undeclared mentors. One of those people that have seen so much, done so much, and achieved so much that nearly every idea is weighted with a multitude of applications.

One thing …

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Feel the biorhythms

We all have our cycles. Evelyn Rodriguez talks about innovation, insight and the incubation thereof. We face a world of difficult challenges. Shouldn't we know more about the nature of human innovation? The economic significance of a better understanding is difficult to overestimate.

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Potent principles

Teach people to listen to their own tastes. Most people don't do it.

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Of Mice by Men

Karen Rader just published Making Mice (Princeton University Press, 2004). In the book Karen chronicles three themes – mice, genetic engineer and mice breeder Clarence Cook Little, and Little’s laboratory. Little repeatedly characterised his work as research but his greatest …

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