Their thing

It’s great that you have a thing – that you’re clear about it what it is and how important it is, and that you’re talking about it and taking action and enjoying it to boot. It’s great that it’s yours. The temptation to avoid is to try to make it everybody else’s thing as well. Trying to get people who…

Alacrity…

… is a splendid virtue. Remember how much better everything feels when you… … step lively / jump to it / look alive / haul away / do it now. Remember the quickness, lightness and sureness of step, and how much you can get done. Alacrity makes even arduous tasks seem better because with it, they’re quickly behind you. See also: …

Tom Peters on ‘People Stuff’

I’ve made a start on The Excellence Dividend and really like what Tom Peters has to say, and how he says it. Here he is in his inimitable ALL CAPS style: WHILE I’VE BEEN ON THE EXCELLENCE DIVIDEND  BOOK TOUR–MOSTLY PODCASTS — I’VE BEEN ASKED OVER AND OVER TO EXPLAIN MY “OBSESSION” WITH THE “PEOPLE STUFF.” I USUALLY ANSWER, SNIPPILY,…

The toll gate

There were several cars backed up at the toll gate. Was the toll gate broken, or had the front car broken down? The problem was simply that the driver at the front of the queue had forgotten to top up their payment card – so they were stuck. They rifled through their wallet. Tried their backup. Thought for a moment.…

Not But

Not Competition Get-what-we-can Clocking in Dominance Because we feel we have to But Affiliation Generosity Showing up Significance Because we feel we should – and we can Hat tip: Bernadette Jiwa and Seth Godin

Complementary goods

Basically this means that since the demand of one good is linked to the demand for another good, if a higher quantity is demanded of one good, a higher quantity will also be demanded of the other, and if a lower quantity is demanded of one good, a lower quantity will be demanded of the other. Wikipedia – Complementary Good…

As powerful as a smile

Real marketing is built into what you do and why you do it. It’s part of your story, something that you do organically when your business is aligned with your mission and values. Kept promises, free returns, obsession with the details, returned emails, clean tables, and attentive staff – all of this is your real marketing. Real marketing creates a…

Goldilocks

I’ve made yogurt a couple of times a week for the last two years, and quickly reached the conclusion that it’s not rocket science.** I use powdered milk (much easier in Jakarta), get the temperature of the water roughly right, put both it into the (unwashed) container that held the old yogurt, put that in an insulated box and pow,…

Iqbal Quadir: connectivity is productivity

Another way of looking at networks from Iqbal Quadir, founder of Grameen Phone and entrepreneur against poverty: One day in 1993 [while working at an investment bank] I was working with three or four people and our computer network was connected, and we were more productive, we didn’t have to exchange floppy disks … and we could update each other…