My iPhone 4 is a lemon, oh my! | ZDNet →
Feel badly for him, yet this is making me feel better about sticking with my 3G, now short of 8 months old for me. The decision not to upgrade was actually made for me: No 4G on the Big Island yet where I live. Oddly, and I hope it was a fluke, this morning was the very first time I picked up my iPhone to see it had “No Service” lasting about an hour or so.
Alison Draper on Alison True | The Blog | Chicago... →
This stands out for me on several levels. It is a blog posting made by a manager (I think) trying to come to terms with the firing of another manager. First, is simply how unexpected this transparency is. Blogging may be a decade old by now, or more, yet we still do not see this kind of bravery in print from an insider, real names and all. Second is the questions it brings up about what is...
I'm Thinking About BP's Employees →
I have been thinking about them too, especially when those commercials come on with employee-spokesmen vowing to “make this right.” This article is from Vineet Nayar for the Harvard Business Review, and it starts with: Imagine you’re a BP employee. Most people, especially in the US, now hate the company for which you work. Talkshow hosts constantly make fun of your CEO, Tony...
The Grit →
Talking Story: Last night I caught up with an episode of Three Rivers I’d saved on my DVR from two weeks back. You may have seen it: Two firefighters give up a portion of their own lungs to save the life of their captain, a man denied transplant candidacy, and without other ‘Ohana to turn to. A brave and generous act to be sure, with both making the choice to do so for reasons of their own, yet...
To be Alaka‘i, be First →
Talking Story: If I ask you what you’ve initiated lately, what would come to mind, and how quickly?
Complete Workflow, Storage & BackUp for... →
I really appreciate the work he put into this, yet my first reaction is that this is a compelling case for me remaining a photo hobbyist and amateur… one digital point-and-shoot camera, iPhoto and Flickr habit, and if I lose a shot I can take another. I’m here for the moment: Learn To Take Great Pictures With Beginner Photography (Digital Picture Zone, via Damien Franco)
Rapid Fire Learning | June 2010 →
Talking Story: One of the mantras I had adopted for 2010 was “Less will be more.” (Here is the backstory.) Within the spirit of that mantra, I gave June of 2010 up to an experiment, one of using, and doing, as little as possible in diverse ways. More simplicity. Less complexity. More calm. Less busy-ness. These became guidelines I applied to everything, including my work…
Bernadette Mayer's List of Journal Ideas →
Snippet: Other journal ideas: * Write once a day in minute detail about one thing * Write every day at the same time, e.g. lunch poems, waking ideas, etc. * Write minimally: one line or sentence per day * Create a collaborative journal: musical notation and poetry; two writers alternating days; two writing about the same subject each day, etc. * Instead of using a book, write on paper and put it...
UX Myths - Myth #1: People read on the web →
Just can’t fight it… better to realize it and be reasonable about any web-dependence…
Amateur means you’re doing it because that’s what you love, whereas the...– For the Deceived, Here’s Billy Childish | Crawdaddy!
Riding On Dragons » Four Towering Conclusions... →
A must read, from Dick Richards.
We want authenticity in what we read. Authenticity is the post-modern elixir. In...– Po Bronson’s Philosophy About Being a Writer
What (else) does your workplace finance? →
On Talking Story today: How would you answer the question? Think of ‘workplace’ very literally, as in if you have a physical place of communal work, where other things can, and do happen besides the work itself…
Seth's Blog: Goodbye to the office →
Cry baby? Not me! →
The Cock’s Spur Coral is cultivated here, i.e. non-native, decidious and thorny, an Argentine/Brazilian relative of our endemic wiliwili, and I’ve heard it called the “cry baby coral tree.” However this past weekend it only brought me joy, helping me forget other sadness.
Star Advertiser, it’s all about the people |... →
A few weeks back I wrote a short posting called “We buy, and work, with our hearts.” Those thoughts have often come back to mind in recent days as newspaper journalism turned a page within our island history…
Candidates need to focus on regaining conscience -... →
Three Star Leadership Blog on the BP oil disaster:... →
Wally Bock: One thing that’s becoming clear is that there were more problems with the Deepwater Horizon than just mastering the technology of drilling in ultra-deep water… As one of his commenters responds: You’re right on target with your observations on this disaster. And you’re also articulating very rudimentary concepts of management. Despite a world of MBA programs,...
Robert Reich on Why the Main Street Economy Isn't... →
I would love for him to be wrong about this, but all the indications I see are in agreement. I normally like to be much more optimistic, and this is quite a pessimistic view, but in this instance, I think we need to be realistic: The common wisdom is that excessive debt-financed spending was one of the causes of the recent recession, so the news that household debt is dropping is being...
When Learning gets Systemic | Talking Story →
Okay, I did the open-minded thing a couple of days ago in asking you: What is the Learning we managers will Curate? (and if you have more to share, bring it on). I was also honest about the assumptions I carry with me as my baggage when I talk about learning, and it was good to spell them out that way, and be more aware of them. They are assumptions I like having for Managing with Aloha and I...
Now, Embrace Your Weaknesses | Aspire-CS →
Mary Jo Asmus: Thanks to the Gallup organization, hoards of leaders have been discovering and using their strengths. I really like that idea. Forgive me for being a wet blanket here, but it’s unfortunate that this attention to strengths has had an (unintended?) consequence: leaders, their organizations and coaches believe that by focusing on an individual’s strengths, their weaknesses become...
Why onboarding is vital « Dorothy Dalton →
Onboarding is a practice that has been fairly uncommon —at least here in Hawai‘i where so many workplace practices are patterned after union contracts instead). However I expect we will see it happen more often as yet another shift our still-recessionary job market experiences, and this posting is a pretty good primer.
A User's Guide To Creative Tension →
A guest post by Cath Duncan of Agile Living on Charlie Gilkey’s Productive Flourishing blog: Creative tension is essentially a structure that helps to facilitate creativity and change. You create creative tension when you clearly articulate your vision and your current reality and the gap between your vision and your current reality becomes apparent. This creates an emotional and energetic...
How to Be an Optimist (Without Being an Idiot) ::... →
Ann Handley, the Chief Content Officer of MarketingProfs does a partial book review on Conquer the Chaos: How to Grow a Successful Small Business by Clate Mask and Scott Martineau: I particularly like this section on optimism in Conquer the Chaos…The authors define disciplined optimism as “faith you will prevail plus discipline to confront the brutal facts.” In other words, disciplined...
Does Apple's iPhone 4 Signal The Death of the... →
Is Apple ignoring its signature line of computers and laptops? Yup. Dear Macintosh, I hate to tell you this, but my guess is you’ve probably been sensing it already. I don’t know any good way to say it so let me just be blunt: You’ve been dropped. Dumped. It’s over. I’m sorry. I know this hurts. But you need to face up to the truth–Steve Jobs just broke up with you.
What is the Learning we managers will Curate? |... →
When would you curate learning as a value, and when would you curate learning as a strategic initiative? When might learning be systemic, and when might it be irrelevant? “Whoa… am I some kind of learning snob?”
Employers hiring fewer full-time workers, more... →
Jobs may be coming back, but they aren’t the same ones workers were used to. The more I reconcile this shift in my mind, the more I am convinced this was inevitable in our future: Business models of all stripe and color were doing an awful job at sustaining themselves, at least in the U.S. small business landscape. The recession of recent years has helped in a way, giving business people...
work/life fusion: Warm, Soft Facts about Your... →
From Paul Diamond: Why do we talk about the cold, hard facts? Facts are facts. The only coldness or hardness is in the way we give or receive them and we can all do something about that. Here are a few facts about work that lose nothing and gain everything when you take them warm and soft instead of cold and hard…
Reprise: The 10 Beliefs of Alaka‘i Managers |... →
The following list of 10 Beliefs was among my earliest articles for online publishing, and it was originally titled The Calling of Management: The 10 Beliefs of Great Managers. I would like to revisit it today, bringing it to a new home on Talking Story. As I did so, I added a few links to postings done over recent months as a self-testing exercise, curious about my own consistency. They were very...
How To Price Your Services « Julien Smith | in... →
Snippet: I learned this important lesson from a friend of mine a long time ago: You show people how to treat you by where you draw the line. If you let people walk all over you, they start to believe it’s ok to do that. If you show people high value and demand a high price, people will believe in that, too. You decide what you’re worth. Once you believe it, others will too. It’s circular.
And this is the problem with just about every lame speech, every overlooked...– Seth’s Blog: But you’re not saying anything (the quote is his entire post) Seth Godin nails this one: Take a look at all the employee and customer communications you have in writing and be honest — how much describes what you hope to/ aspire to/ know-you-should do, versus making...
Digital Self-Publishing Shakes Up Traditional Book... →
…and it’s only just begun. Related reading: Publishing: The Revolutionary Future by Jason Epstein at The New York Review of Books. Epstein was also interviewed by Charlie Rose.
The 3 Tribes Within Your Tribe →
This is a guest post on Charlie Gilkey’s Productive Flourishing blog by Marissa Bracke, who calls herself a Can-do-ologist (isn’t that great?). It was first published back in April, and at the time it gave me much food for thought in thinking about the Joyful Jubilant Learning tribe — what had happened to the different tribe members since we retired the site on January 31st? Who...
Have you caught the curve ball? » Talking Story →
I threw it to you this past Tuesday: The State of our Learning and the Demand for Curation In throwing that curve ball, I did it to you just as your boss does. I did it to you just as many who lead will do, to many who manage with them: I threw a new initiative at you, launching into a new theme whether or not you’re ready for it, and now, you just have to deal with it. Such is life, isn’t it....
50 Tips to Make You a Better Leader | Business... →
Essentially a link list, one that falls suspect to more SEO motivations than anything else (found it because she included Talking Story), but provocative in her one-sentence curation and indexing… does make you think just to skim it, and without taking any of the links.
Creating Passionate Users: The hi-res user... →
Mack Collier reminded me about this 2005 blog post from smartie Kathy Sierra. It’s a great post to revisit within our current learning curation theme on Talking Story. Learning music changes music. Learning about wine changes wine. Learning about Buddhism changes Buddhism. And learning Excel changes Excel. If we want passionate users, we might not have to change our products—we have...
Meet illustrator Betsy Streeter and her Creative Beast. (you have one too, you know.)
ConverStations: Whistle Stops: 05/30/10 - Content... →
From Mike Sansone. Mahalo nui Mike. “Content Oomph” is great language of intention [MWA Key5] don’t you think?