Last Week in Mid October,
Dot #1: Voices were heard against violence in video games and a loud backlash was heard against the people who speak out against this violence
Dot #2: More shootings – in a another school; of another police person; another government attacked
Yes, Dots 1 and 2 are directly connected. There is a cause and effect. We are a society that continues to glorify violence and killing. Killing is good in war. Killing is heroic. Killing is a badge of honor. Killing and violence makes a man out of a boy. Killing and violence wins the game. Killing and violence is fun.
Growing, cultivating, giving life, giving birth is applauded as none of those things. Growing food is only for survival. Growing and sowing is a chore. Growing up is painful. Growing up is necessary evil. Growing up is an obligation. Growing and birthing is women’s work. Growing and birthing is dirty work. Continue reading
July 16 – July 29
What if the tops of all your boxes had no lids?
We build business boxes to keep things in, both literally and figuratively. Boxes consciously designed to keep people, systems and processes completely contained, efficiently repetitive and carefully controlled to produce predetermined and anticipated outcomes. No new processes unless fully researched, tested, measured and approved. No new people hired unless fully interviewed, vetted and liked by everyone. Six sides that too often insulate, isolate and ultimately stagnate.
From the Internet to Social Networks to Crowd Sourcing and onward, our new work is different. Connected and creative, this different work requires us to reach outside the box so we can experience different things and develop different thoughts. To think up, found and grow different businesses and accomplish this work with creativity and innovation, we must structure our business boxes in different and lasting ways. We must open our windows and let in fresh air. Open our doors and keep walls from becoming cages. Open our locks and keep controls from getting out of control. Open our minds and keep cultures from becoming cults. Open our boxes and keep becoming.
resolve to: LET IN NEW OUTCOMES
March 26 – April 8
What if your value was truly valued?
There once was a goose that laid Golden Eggs. A local farmer saw the amazing golden eggs and wanted them. One day he lured the goose to his farm and caged it up in a magnificent new place. Food was catered in three times a day and water delivered in bottles. A team of janitors cleaned the nest that had a treadmill nearby for exercise. At first the goose seemed happy and laid a golden egg every week, then every two weeks. Soon, nicely ensconced in its gilded cage with everything handed to it, the goose just stopped laying eggs altogether.
The moral of the story: Few farmers know what makes a goose happy and productive. Listen to the goose and let it roam free. The goose will find what it needs to lay its precious golden eggs.
believe in the goose
Few employers really know what makes their people tick. One person’s motivation is rarely just like the next person’s. The same often goes for employees. Set on a well-defined path from the day you get your first job, your personal productivity choices are rarely discovered, let alone developed. It’s the old story of you don’t know what you don’t know, or is it?
Somewhere, buried beneath layers of training and inside the borders of those people, place and time boxes is your true self. No matter how comfortable or gilded your workplace may be, you still need to pry open the bars of the glittering cage to get to your core. Freed from conventional constraints and artificial guidelines, you can find what makes you truly happy and productive. Then, like the special goose, you, too, can lay lots of precious golden eggs.
believe in You
fractals: March 12 – March 25
What is different work patterns were already repeating all around you?
A leaf looks like a branch which looks like a tree. A stone looks like a rock which looks like a mountain. Small to large, zooming in and out, and infinitely repeating, fractals are a complex geometry of shapes recurring over a wide range of scales. Is it no mistake that the World Wide Web is a repeating pattern of a spider web? Will we someday see, at its largest dimension, the pattern of the universe as that self-similar web? Employ the concept of fractals to uncover our next great social system or business innovation. We are surrounded by undetected, natural iterations, easily recognizable once we are aware of their possibility.
resolve to: recognize patterns
disruption: February 12 – February 25
What if you could respond to a work crisis of any type and size?
After each disruptive event, the new state is not automatically predetermined. In the immediate aftermath, there is a deep void of uncertainty. A brief period before the new shape is fully formed and outcomes are up for grabs. From this chasm of confusion and loss, the power of disruption can be acquired. Tap into its residual energy and you can turn fate into positive opportunity and survive misfortune with action. Disruption then becomes an empowered gift.
resolve to: harness energy