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Powerful beyond measure

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

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Leverage brillance: embrace weakness

Problems are opportunities. What will crisis drive you to do?

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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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Arcing abundance and the future of limits

What does the Singularity invite us to ignore?

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Where bad became good

Drayton Valley is like many small Alberta towns except, its turning bad to good.

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Being maker changes what?

What changes when we get more makers?

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When awkward is best

For small companies, awkwardness is an oft unappreciated asset.

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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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Coach a bully CEO

Brilliant CEOs look like bullies. Good boards know better.

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Build simple tools. Honor complexity.

When we build tools for decision-makers, we follow two intentions: Build simple tools and honor complexity.

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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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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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Synchronizing greatness

Here’s an unsolved riddle: How do we get the minds of widely dispersed, brilliant people to focus on critical problems/opportunities? How do we synchronize greatness?

Dave Pollard brought this up a few days ago. He writes:

“… we don’t need …

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Up on a soapbox

When do we get to play? Why does brilliance need an excuse?

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Concrete straightjacket

This summer’s canoe trip was, for the most part, a fairly placid experience. Smooth water, subdued weather, genial wildlife.

But there is a stretch of river where things get pretty inspired. Rounding a corner the river suddenly picks up its …

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Observing our moments instead of the future

Might seeking a future be short-sighted if it keeps us from seeing where we are?

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Beyond the edges

I don’t want to make a big show out of that canoe trip. It really was just six days paddling around a lake. But it was also a window to a part of me that lay nearly forgotten.

There are …

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More taps

While doing my MSc, I explored the economic costs of a massive ice storm in Eastern Ontario. One of the women on the project focused on the costs specific to maple syrup producers.

Maple syrup production is lovely – tucked …

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Staring at the meek

What do you think of this? Is it a power worth using on trifling things like brow-beating gas boys or getting a window seat? It feels a bit more special than that.

A friend and I used to talk …

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Making my name

There’s an unobservable line between ambition and growth. Where movement can be too early, just right, or too late. When does growth stop and stagnation take over? When is a switch premature?

I don’t think the answer is outside us. …

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Things as they are (rather than what we wish they were).

Retro post: Revised based on “Look!” from November 30, 2004.

John Oliver (past President of DowElanco Canada Inc., a joint venture between Dow Chemical and Eli Lillys), once told me what he looks at when considering novel products. …

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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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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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Deliberate attention to presence

Every moment is the last we will ever have.

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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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RSS: Pick your watershed

Eric Schwartzman recently interviewed Doc Searls.  In the chat, Doc talked about the ways he uses RSS.  Listening to that conversation I finally understood the tremendous power of RSS functionality.

Until now I’ve just used RSS to keep me …

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Unfussy and whole

Have you heard of Christopher Alexander? I’ve written about him before (1, 2, 3).

I’m fascinated by his ideas and have yet to read a single book he’s written. But his interests in the human response …

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Yes (and other lies): Know thy enemy

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

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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Dollars and scents: Bagging the loot

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

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

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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Dollars and scents: Know your banker

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

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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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: 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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Optimize the ride

Past, present, future: What of strategy?

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Wheelbarrow: Naps

Men’s Journal is no steadfast literary friend but I am fascinated by napping, so here’s their article.

It’s almost worth a wheelbarrow, no?  Heck yeah, toss’er in.

A good nap is:

– Had in the morning or just after

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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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Stupid … it’s obvious

Not every opportunity is hidden.

I just spent a few hours hob-knobbing with Fed/Prov Ministers, Ambassadors, CEOs, and Commissioners. These events are always a frenzied fury of networking but fortunately I’m an accidental deviant and happened upon a glaringly obvious …

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Viral experiment

More on viral marketing:

The rules: Create a new site and launch it on May 19, and build the most traffic or get the most Technorati links by June 9 — with no paid advertising.

The lessons:

– the idea …

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Love and meekness

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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Opportunity science

Great thought by Rob at Business Pundit.

Opportunity Science: in an age of increasing competitiveness, falling barriers to entry and ever increasing business opportunities, the advantage will lie with the companies that pick the best opportunities to pursue — …

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Non-business business book list: a list for business thinkers

Non-business books can teach us a lot about business.

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The quest for a 60-second pitch

One of my friends is a teacher. He’s told me many times that the best way to learn something is to explain it to someone else. Well I want to learn to do a 60-second pitch, so here goes.

Over …

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Copy cat

Update: Dr. Ronald S. Burt from the University of Chicago backs up everything written here and adds his idea about “structural holes” — the notion that people can find opportunities for creative thinking where there is no social structure. My

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Sift Technology: Similar Feeds

I keep a ongoing list of sift technologies: Little apps that are miraculous, instantaneous information sorters.

Andrew Grumet has made several that enjoy eminence in this category.

The one with the most quiescent potential is “Similar Feeds.” Type …

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Big little steps

Two days ago I sat down for lunch with a new friend. He recently gave up a secure job for a chance to do something new and more challenging.

He’s has a lot more experience than me in almost every …

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Be amazing and make up for it

Be amazing and make up for it - hire people that fill in your gaps.

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Experimental sift

Andrew Phelps has a great idea. B-Side games. The idea is to package experimental games in the same boxes as the already popular. It’s an effort to drive innovation and fringe seeking. While I like that idea, I’m really interested …

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Dragonfly eye

Edward O. Wilson says that the greatest challenge today is the description of complex systems. Scientists break down systems but reassembling systems is far more difficult. Wilson says the power of prediction will be the true measure of success.

The …

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Has the train already left the station?

Hugh McLeod writes a hopeful piece about the future of corporate blogging:

We want the corporate tipping point to arrive for two main reasons:

1. It validates those of us who got in there early … in the belief that

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Initial public offering: knowledge

A billion-dollar IPO for Johns Hopkins!?! William R. Brody, President of the Johns Hopkins University, is looking for money – or at least for some value. I think he’s found it.

Mr. Brody makes an interesting comparison: Google’s $1.67 …

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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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Potent principles

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

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Valuable knowledge is useful

The current state of Russia’s scientific community is a brilliant study of the power of purpose driven (or lack of) enterprise. In the 2 September 2004 issue of Nature they’ve included a brief glimpse into the Russian Academy of Science. …

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