Monthly Archives: May 2011

What’s the Point of Twitter?


Last Friday night over cards with friends I was asked, “What’s the point of Twitter?” Before I could respond, a guy waded into the conversation by saying, “There is no point. Who cares what I had for breakfast?”

I realize so many people feel the same way, and they totally are missing the point and the value of social media. Continue reading

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S.T.A.R.T. Something: Innovation is key

Every business executive talks about innovation, the need for innovation, they have to innovate or die, and some say how great they are at innovation, but their innovations never reach the customer in time. Why is this the case? Because when innovation is expected because it’s the most important word in Buzzword Bingo, it fails to have the passion to see it through.

Talk is cheap, ideas are free, and intent is easy.

If you want to truly give your customers some meaningful innovations follow these rules to S.T.A.R.T. Something. Continue reading

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Unleash Your Swarm Teams with Legal Methamphetamines

How do you fuel a 54-hour weekend work project swarm teams? Legal methamphetamines, of course — more on that later. This past weekend I participated in a Startup Weekend event, where web developers, designers and business types paid a nominal fee to gather at 6 pm on Friday for a competition to take an idea from concept to launch by Sunday night.

From concept to business launch in a weekend — that’s impossible, right? For old school business thinking, this is an impossible request. (I know executives who can take a month simply to return a phone call!)

So how did five swarm teams create viable startup businesses complete with live demos of their products, completed websites, social media marketing and financial projections in 54 hours? By using the new business methods required for creating an agile business. Continue reading

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The Detail Dynamo

Looking at the large collection of liquids still being confiscated by TSA at airports made me wonder where travelers had been hiding to be oblivious to the size restriction rules, which have been in effect for years.

So I asked one of the agents the other day as I was getting redressed after inspection what was the most common reason people gave him for the oversized liquid containers.

He smiled and said most everyone tells him either they didn’t realize the item was in there or that the rules were still effect. He went on to say, “People just don’t pay attention.” Continue reading

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