Monthly Archives: March 2010

29 Mar

What Do You Expect?

Ah, expectations. We have them. We set them. We manage them. But they’re really just little time bombs of judgment, ticking away, waiting to explode. You can’t “set” others expectations (though we try to all the time). People set their own expectations. Nor can you manage others’ expectations, even if they try to convince you that it’s [...]
26 Mar

Stop Looking for Motivation

“I want to get this [insert project or goal here] done. But I haven’t felt motivated yet.” A lot of us wait around for motivation to come. We end up waiting a long time. The problem is motivation isn’t a cause—it’s an effect. And, like momentum (also an effect), it can serve to keep things [...]
25 Mar

Low-Tech Listening

In social media, “listening” as a term is fast-approaching overuse to the point of obsolescence. Yes, we need to listen (and watch). Yes there are all sorts of very cool tools to help you do that. But the best tool? Your own ears. (And eyes.) Next time you need to prove to someone the value [...]
07 Mar

There is a Map. With Monsters.

Says Seth Godin in his new book, Linchpin, ”There is no map”: Here’s the truth you have to wrestle with: the reason that art (writing, engaging, leading, all of it) is valuable is precisely why I can’t tell you how to do it. If there were a map, there’d be no art, because art is the act [...]