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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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Haute coutre, universal appeal

It's only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.

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Being maker changes what?

What changes when we get more makers?

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Three ways rituals change business

Which rituals for business would remind us of what matters most?

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The renaissance of old technologies (or the cost of new in innovation)

Seeking innovation in only new places means giving up on the value and principles intrinsic in old technologies.

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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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The future of now

What you anticipate in the future is a product of your past and everything you count meaningful right now.

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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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Set up your mind for better decisions

Our ability to understand issues is increasing exponentially but our mental hardwiring isn't being upgraded. We understand more every day but instinctively respond to events like monkeys.

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How would you be?

When you dream of an ideal space to do what you do best, what does it look like, sound like, and feel like?

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Just finished reading the Apology of Socrates. Three things stood out:

1. Socrates was at home. He knew everyone. It’s a record of conversations with people he knew all his life.

2. Socrates believed that the wisdom expressed by …

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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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Reawakening eccentricity

Eccentricity comes from the Greek phrase "to prick". I dream of working with eccentric people that dance within chaos and fragmentation.

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The gift I’d give

Ever looked at your CEO? Ever watched the Prime Minister when he isn’t speaking? I don’t mean: glanced at his shoes or hair style. I mean really looked – actually observed.

Did you see her eyes darting around the room, …

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Bahauddin’s flower

Bahauddin, the father of Rumi:

When I deeply know my senses, I feel in them the way to God and the purpose of living:

Look at this surprising flower
which cannot be seen, and yet
its fragrance cannot be

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Not enough time is all about trust

The natural timing of life requires trust.

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What’s this for?

Leached here.

Site Search Tags: ,

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Planning: Goals versus resolutions

"To-do" versus "To-be"

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Metaphors of re-innovation

To see further, stand on giants.

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People first. Marketers … later.

I’ve hit a snag with the Foundation Series. It reads like crap.

I’m still wobbly on what I ought to say so I default to obfuscation. Orwell said it best, “The great enemy of clear language is insincerity.” I’m …

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philologr: platitudinous

platitudinous — plati·tu’di·nous — a derivative of plat·i·tude (plăt’Ä­-tÅ«d, -tyÅ«d), a noun meaning a trite or banal remark or statement, especially one expressed as if it were original or significant. Without freshness or appeal because of overuse: banal, bromidic, clichéd, …

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philologr: flibbertigibbet

flibbertigibbet — flib·ber·ti·gib·bet (flÄ­b’É™r-tÄ“-jÄ­b’Ä­t) — a noun meaning a silly, scatterbrained, or garrulous person. A derivative of flibberty-gibberty.

Quoted by Malcolm Gladwell in Troublemakers — What pit bulls can teach us about profiling:

“There are a lot of pit

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philologr: jubilant

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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philologr: specious

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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Wheelbarrow: Metatags

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

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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philologr: brouhaha

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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philologr: randy

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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philologr: flummoxed

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

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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Functional todo’s

Whilst lolling despondently on the sofa: “When will I start doing the things I am great at? I keep doing things that help me be greater.”

Good friend in from old places: “Maybe guys like you just keep growing and …

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universe at bay

for just a moment
I held the universe at bay

by the simple expedient
of sitting on my haunches before a fox den
and tumbling about with a chicken bone.

it is the gravest, most meaningful act I shall ever …

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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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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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Blackjack & entrepreneurs

In the theme of all things gambleSteve Pavlina on blackjack:

Novices miss golden opportunities.

“Novice blackjack players will almost invariably play their hands too conservatively. They’ll stand too often when they should hit, and they’ll fail to double

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Wheelbarrow: What about memes?

What’s with the wheelbarrow?

Related to metatags are memes.


From Wikipedia:

“Meme, (rhymes with “cream” and comes from Greek root with the meaning of memory and its derivative “mimeme”), is the term given to a unit of information

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Philip Pullman, Common sense has much to learn from moonshine in the Guardian:

“It’s when we do this foolish, time-consuming, romantic, quixotic, childlike thing called play that we are most practical, most useful, and most firmly grounded in reality, because

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Frickin’ amazing vs. the long tail

Maybe this is an old idea. Maybe I’m the last kid on the block to get it, but it seems to me that “frickin’ amazing” is the new normal and it’s not getting us much.

Read the marketing gurus. They …

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Information overload

When I started sift I was working with two entrepreneurs that seemed to be working about 12 hours daily.

Being so busy, these guys weren’t able to keep up with the massive amount of information available to them. My idea …

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