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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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Bit of art, bit of history: perfect

I’m a sucker for a good story.

Just bought number 945, the smallest odd abundant number.

Smallest … odd … abundant … number. Hilarious. Brilliant.

Thanks to Seth Godin for the link.

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Design as story-telling

Design as Story-telling by Thomas Erickson.

(via cph127)…

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Twitter tested, top two-week links

Most popular links, based on twitter account stats.

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Pinnacles and plains

Stop bleeding brilliance. Find a pinnacle. Climb together.

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Foundations for air castles

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

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Context of choice in impact investment

Impact investment means managing portfolios in addition to choosing individual investments.

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Three responses to recession

How pressing, playing the odds, and driving results changes the game.

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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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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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Coach a bully CEO

Brilliant CEOs look like bullies. Good boards know better.

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Revolution. With who?

Ralph Waldo Emerson, History:

“Every revolution was first a thought in one man’s mind, and when the same thought occurs to another man, it is the key to that era.”

What is your revolution? When will you give …

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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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Up on a soapbox

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

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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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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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Revisiting abductive thinking

Retro post #143

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biomimicry startup

So, I’ve been fiddling lately. Toying. Poking and prodding. A bit itchy I guess. I want to play a little. Something related to biomimicry I think.

Biomimicry or biomimetics is the study and imitation of nature. Taking inspiration for natural …

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sift experiment no. 1

So, I’ve been fiddling lately. Toying really. Poking and prodding. Dilly-dallying. A bit itchy actually. I’d like to play a little. Something related to biomimicry I think.

Biomimicry or biomimetics is the study and imitation of nature. Taking inspiration for …

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I will not be that man

Albert TissandierFrom the Guardian, “The former Enron chairman whose name became a byword for boardroom deceit and corruption, Ken Lay, died in an exclusive ski resort yesterday while awaiting sentence for his involvement in America’s biggest ever corporate fraud.”

What …

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All that can possibly concern

Thoreau on love.

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philologr: obsequious

An adjective describing one who is full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

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How to talk to busy people

Guidelines for conversations with busy people.

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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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Three ingredients for change: talkers, wallflowers, and movers

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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Better with less?

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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“… crack cocaine of the thinking world …”

The Edge Annual Question — 2006


“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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Circle of competence

In a Google-world, owning anything text based is a stretch. But somehow, Warren Buffet (renown investor, maker/breaker of fortunes, and deity of the stock exchange) has cornered the market on the phrase “circle of competence”.

“The most important thing in

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I’d rather talk about $1 Million

Back to perfect, one million one-dollar products vs. one million dollar products, and all these entail:

In my …

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Either way, there’s money

The cool part of Albert’s story is its utility. There’s no riddle to solve. Just choices to make.

You can choose high design, narrowly defined clients, exceptional service, concierge-level attentiveness — and the lifestyle that goes with it.

Or you …

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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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Pimp your brand

I talked to Doug Hall last week — I’ve been trying to make a few important career choices and wanted his advice. He asked two questions: “where will you grow more” and “what adds more diversity”.

Growth and diversity, these …

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What’s next?

Gambling. It’s on my TV, in my online ads, fills my email, and spams my blog. So popular, so suddenly — why?

Back in 3,500 B.C. young Egyptions were already gambling. Now, 6,000 years later, you’d think the hubbub would …

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Forgetting to remember

I love used bookstores; the messier the better. The owner can’t possibly know the value of all the books when they’re piled willy-nilly around the joint. I feel like a thief, pawing through the dark corners, earnestly listening for the …

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More on perfect

Rob’s asking some good questions about perfect. A few things to note:

– He’s talking about a small company.
– The pie shop is in a local, niche market.
– This story is about you.…

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Entrepreneurs are like scientists

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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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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Abductive thinking — not about kidnapping

I love design, even if my vanilla background and black text don’t prove it. In grade five I discovered that Ms. Faulkner gave A’s for illustrated stories and B’s for the plain text version. By 13 I knew that ladies …

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60-second pitch: The three biggest mistakes

This is the last of three street-level bits of advice on pitch giving. Previously covered are 10 points for outlining your pitch and the first 10 seconds of the 60 second pitch. The three mistakes discussed today are just …

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60-second pitch: The 10 point outline

Forsaking the metaphysical (1,2,3), today we get into the tangibles of a 60-second pitch. For this I leaned heavily on the advice of Bill Joss and an article in Fast Company called Perfecting Your

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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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Business book list for entrepreneurs

An aggregated, curated list of business books.

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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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Sing like you don’t need the money

Sharp post by John Jantsch at Duct Tape Marketing (by the way don’t go to his main page with Firefox, that pop-up he has is super annoying – bad marketing John! Update: John fixed his pop-up!).

In a post …

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Optimists die

Found on Bnoopy: a discussion of the Scotsdale Paradox.

Scotsdale was a high ranking US officer captured and imprisoned during the Vietnam War.

He said the first to die in the prison were the optimists. They died of …

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Cluetrain Manifesto, David Weinburger:

“We don’t need more information. We don’t need better information. We don’t need automatically filtered and summarized information. We need understanding. We desperately want to understand what’s going on in our business, in our

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Barborous writing

I’ve worked with several entrepreneurs. It surprised me to realize how few of them write well.

Writing well would come in handy on a blog – of course. But writing emails, presentations, proposals, and business plans each require a steady …

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Easy to love

Christopher Alexander just finished publishing a galloping 2,000 plus page treatise on design and living structures. There’s a small interview with him here.

Take away message: Uniqueness balances repetition.

Alexander talks about a tree full of leaves that is …

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John Moore and JumboShrimp

Another great story from Brand Autopsy on the The Container Store. John Moore calls this a JumboShrimp story: companies that get bigger by being smaller.

He says The Container Store gains their edge over larger competitors through persistent effort …

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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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Ingredients for soup

John Moore at Brand Autopsy (love that photo) has a great post today: Peddling the Soup Peddler. This is the type of post I’d like to emulate in the future.

Ingredients for the soup post:

· Short story

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Blogs and economists

Do we blog because we want a voice or because we want to act like children?

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A new kind of human

In 1963 Maslow wrote in “The Creative Attitude”:

It seems to me that we are at a point in history unlike anything that has ever been before. Life moves far more rapidly now than it ever did before. Think, for

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Potent principles

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

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Another note on boutiqu-ing

I am in Paris – land of boutiques. It’s amazing to see hyper-stylish Parisians zipping in and out of tiny stores, purchasing one or two goods from each shop they enter. By the time they’re done, their arms are full,

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A few weeks ago I wrote about the tension between firm size and firm mobility. As the story narrowed in to the conclusion, I mentioned my concern that the sift experiment might become a bit busy. sift might turn into …

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Madness & curiosity

In another article in the 2 September 2004 issue of Nature Gautam Desiraju describes the process through which he discovered the birth of crystal engineering which today is one of the principle challenges of modern chemistry. His story is one …

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