A Napkin Sketch Is Enough

In a brainstorming exercise with my group at the altMBA, I expected to dive deep into the work, tuning our understanding of business models while working under pressure to create as many ideas as possible in a short time. We did just that, relishing our creativity and ingenuity. Yet the most satisfying outcome wasn’t how … Continue reading A Napkin Sketch Is Enough

Check Your Fuel Gauges

Via McKinsey Quarterly Q1 2018, The four questions to ask when serving on a nonprofit board. Question 4 hit home for me as I ramp up my leadership IQ, "Do we have the right ‘fuel’ to drive our organization?" If you want to be an effective strategic leader, you can’t settle for a regimen of reading board … Continue reading Check Your Fuel Gauges

You Have the Answers, Yet We Need More Questions

We are rewarded for the answer. Not another question. It's beaten out of us from kids, and later in work it can be hazardous for your career. —Warren Berger Via the Farnam Street podcast I loved this cultural insight. An honest assertion that our business culture rewards quick-hit answers instead of rewarding the act of slowing down … Continue reading You Have the Answers, Yet We Need More Questions

Flat Organizations: Not Reinventing Everything

Why a Flat Organizational Structure will Fail as You Grow is an insightful and thought-provoking study from Lighthouse, a software tool for managers. Keeping in mind when considering any decision that someone else — somewhere before — solved the same issue. From my personal workflow, to team processes and habits, all the up to key decisions on company structure. … Continue reading Flat Organizations: Not Reinventing Everything

Evergreen

Bookmark for a business-y word I now seem to see everywhere. Isn't it odd how you tune in to something and end up noticing it more often? In this case, "evergreen" means "timeless." Something that ages well, keeps its value, lives a long life. For example, The Pragmatic Programmer by Andy Hunt and David Thomas is … Continue reading Evergreen

Hitsville

You can build something that the cool kids love. You can build something that the bystanders love. Or you can build a cult favorite. Best to do it on purpose. Via Seth Godin's new podcast, Akimbo.

Table Stakes

Via Wikipedia, a canonical bookmark for the business phrase "table stakes" that I've heard a few times recently. In business, table stakes are the minimum entry requirement for a market or business arrangement. They can be price, cost model, technology, or other capability that represents a minimum requirement to have a credible competitive starting position … Continue reading Table Stakes

The People Business

My paraphrasing of Zeynep Tufekci's tweet from October 2017: https://twitter.com/zeynep/status/918094636203298816 Via Sara Wachter-Boettcher.

Inclusive Design, Day 9/15: Review of Principles

This is day 9 of 15 in a short series on inclusive design. If you missed earlier posts, see day 1 here or view the full list. Today I'd like to pause, take a deep breath, and review the principles of inclusive design as I've come to understand them. Here's the working draft we're using … Continue reading Inclusive Design, Day 9/15: Review of Principles

Inclusive Design, Day 8/15: Expand Your Market By Solving One Case First

This is day 8 of 15 in a short series on inclusive design. If you missed earlier posts, see day 1 here or view the full list. Adopting inclusive design isn't just about being a good person. It's a solid foundation for good business — focused on solving real needs for real people. Barclays Bank … Continue reading Inclusive Design, Day 8/15: Expand Your Market By Solving One Case First