Grinders Vs. Dreamers

April 29, 2013

By Mark Wilson via fastcodesign.com   Article

Infographic: The Grinders Vs. The Dreamers. Who Wins?

“‘This poster is inspired by my developing realization that the most valuable tool anyone has is their grind–represented in the poster as steps carved into an incline,” Roth explains. “I’m not talking about the daily grind: doing work you don’t like or care about. By grind I mean a combination of work ethic and improvised strategy that becomes a daily ritual and ensures progression or improvement over time, regardless of an individual day or even week’s outcome.’ …

‘Dreaming about reaching the same goal is easier and faster in the beginning, but doesn’t provide the same ritualized framework. The more a dream is exposed to reality, the more it needs this framework–grind,” Roth explains. “On the poster, the “dream” ramp becomes progressively steeper the closer it gets to the goal, like Sisyphus rolling his stone.'”


Do something archaic

April 29, 2013

By John Coleman via blog.hbr.org   Article

Handwritten Notes Are a Rare Commodity. They’re Also More Important Than Ever.

“A recent study indicated the average corporate email account sent orreceived more than 100 emails per day (PDF), and Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 nowsend or receive nearly 100 texts per day.

These electronic communications are rarely notable. But handwritten notes are unusual. They take minutes (or hours) to draft, each word carefully chosen with no “undo” or “autocorrect” to fall back on. Drafting one involves selecting stationery, paying for stamps, and visiting a mailbox. They indicate investment, and that very costliness indicates value. If, as the U.S. Postal Service notes, we only receive a handwritten letter once every two months, each of those letters likely means more to us than the “cheaper” communication we receive each day.

That conveyance of value is amplified by the fact that personal messages are often notes of gratitude, civility, and appreciation that reach beyond the conventional thank-you. … They let the people in our lives know we appreciate them enough to do something as archaic as pausing for 15 minutes to put pen to paper in an attempt to connect and sustain a relationship with them.”


Most Fail

April 29, 2013

By Bob Emiliani via youtube.com   Video


Failing successfully

April 29, 2013

By Dan Rockwell via Leadership Freak Blog   Article

“If busy equals success, you’ve arrived. But, the busier you are the easier it is to forget what matters.

Hectic leaders are distracted leaders.

Leaders without focus succeed at what doesn’t matter.

Busy leaders get results but ruin relationships, for example. Achieving results without building relationships is the formula for short-term success and long-term disaster.

Failing successfully:

A person without priorities follows urgencies. A person with priorities pursues significance.”


4D Printing

April 29, 2013

By Skylar Tibbits, director of the MIT Self-Assembly Lab via youtube.com   Video


Competitive intelligence

April 29, 2013

By Parmelee Eastman via smartblog.com Article

“Most of the information you need about your competitors already exists within your organization. …

  • Your sales staff knows which competitors are the most aggressive, what solutions are being offered, what their marketing messages are, and whether they sell direct or through channels.
  • Your purchasing managers know what supplies have been easier or harder recently to obtain because of demand from competition or supply variations.
  • Your human resources people know which rivals are hiring and for which positions. They hear from candidates.

You’ll need to develop a “competitive information road map,” an outline of the information needed about your rivals and who might have the information. … Once you have interviewed each staff person, you will then know what information is lacking.  Ask your customers, your suppliers or other knowledgeable people in your network to help you fill those gaps. …

You or someone in your firm should be collecting, analyzing and disseminating competitive intelligence on a continuing basis. …

You’ll make better decisions on the four Ps of marketing (product, pricing, placement and promotion) on existing products with the insight gleamed from your customers and about your competitors. And, your path to attractive future products will be much clearer.”


What would Steve do?

April 22, 2013

What Would Steve Do? 10 Lessons from the World’s Most Captivating Presenters

By HubSpot All-in-one Marketing Software via slideshare. com   Source