Building windmills

When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills – Chinese proverb I’ve more normally heard the proverb above as ‘In a hurricane, build windmills’. For me, I use [...]

Searching

Alex Osterwalder says that the biggest problem trying to run a startup like it’s an established company is that the business model hasn’t been discovered. He (and Steve Blank before him) suggest [...]

Organizing for ideas

In this short video of Steve Jobs, he sheds some light on a couple of areas that made Apple great. The first is that they focused on organizing around ideas and not hierarchies. They aligned [...]

Cookie cutter

I have an unspoken agreement with several well-known brands across a few different product segments; if they build it, I’ll buy it. We all have our favorite products and brand loyalty isn’t an [...]

Essence

Music forms an integral part of the story, pace and emotion of a film. Have you ever tried to watch one with the sound off? They just don’t have the same effect. It’s the music that often really [...]

Good examples

Mark Twain once said, “Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.” Unfortunately, when you’re put on the spot to conjure up a good example for a given situation [...]

Performance oriented

It’s entirely accurate to say that we measure performance by what we do simply because those actions produce results, sometimes good and sometimes bad. There is another side to performance – the [...]

Taking the long view

“If everything has to work in 2-3 years then that limits what you can do. If you give yourself the breathing room to say ‘I’m ok to take 7 years’ then all of a sudden you have way more [...]