The Art of Social Media

The Art of Social Media

On the cover of the book The Art of Social Media, authors Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick set the expectations with their subtitle: “Power Tips for Power Users.” They’re not kidding. This isn’t a book that takes the time to make a case for why you should be using social media. Guy has covered that topic before, and countless others besides him. Guy and Peg dive right in to practical tips that are actually worth your time. As a marketer myself, I can’t say how many posts I’ve read … [Read more...]

Making Time to Learn from Story

Making Time to Learn from Story

When we realize that stories are more than mental escapes, we incorporate them into our lives as guideposts. I’ve been reading a comic book series called The Unwritten again. It's been a while since I last read it, but whenever I do, it's always so engaging. It's a story about story. It's a story about how we, as readers, imbue a tale with power and how authors / writers / creators can manipulate that power in the real world (along with more nefarious forces). It's about belief. It … [Read more...]

Creating Room to Breathe: Emotionally, Financially

Creating Room to Breathe: Emotionally, Financially

All of us need planned buffer zones or slack to avoid the domino-like consequences of over-planning. Tell me if this scenario sounds familiar. You have an hour until you have to get to work. You woke up late, and now you need to get a shower, iron your clothes, double-check your project that is due today, and run by the drug store to pick up your prescription before the day starts. Of course, the water heater has been on the fritz, so your shower took a lot longer to warm up than you … [Read more...]

This Is Why I Bike 80 Miles a Week

This Is Why I Bike 80 Miles a Week

My daughter has Crohn's disease. If you're not familiar with that particular ailment (I wasn't), then you should know that the disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It can be a pretty severe disease, and it's not something that just goes away. There are various methods of treating the disease, which I won't dig into at the moment. The National Library of Medicine has a pretty good write-up about it if you want to know more. For my family, Crohn's disease has meant a few … [Read more...]

The Power of Small Wins in Your Work

The Power of Small Wins in Your Work

Goal-setting is a tricky thing. Half the "experts" out there will tell you to reach for the stars and come up with the biggest ideas you can possibly dream up, and the other half will tell you to start small. Kinda infuriating, right? Thankfully, there are alternative views to the all or nothing approach of big goals. You can still achieve big results in smaller increments, but it will take persistence and focus. In their book Rework, authors Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson … [Read more...]

How to Approach Uncertainty: Faith or Reason?

How to Approach Uncertainty: Faith or Reason?

For many, the question of how to approach uncertainty is defined by either faith or reason. Not both. It's one or the other. Do you go by faith, hoping that things will turn out due to whatever good fortune may come along? Or, do you use reason to discover your way out of the problem? This question extends to far more than just individual decisions. The approach of faith or reason weaves its way into our worldview, determining how we not only make decisions but also how we create our … [Read more...]

When to Satisfice and When to Dig Deeper

When to Satisfice and When to Dig Deeper

In Mastermind: How to Think like Sherlock Holmes, author Maria Konnikova mentions the dangers of satisficing for investigation and decision-making. Even though satisficing sounds like a made-up word, it is a concept that has actually been around since the 1950's. Here is the definition Konnikova supplies, in the context of the great detective and those who would do lesser work. [O]nce we reach an estimate that sounds satisfactory to us, we stop thinking and consider the problem resolved. … [Read more...]