Simple

When designing technology we want things to be simple to use. A great deal of time and money is spent on the user experience (UX) and user interface (UI).

The problem is, if you do things well, and make things extremely simple, people don’t always value what you have created because something so simple, must be cheap.

It’s a bit of a conundrum because people want simple but they don’t always respect simple.

Just something to think about.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

Binary

Wouldn’t life be easier if everything in life was binary? Yes or No. Zero or One. Black or white.

Unfortunately there is a lot of grey in this world and we have to figure out ways to navigate the grey.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

Facts

You can argue against facts all you want.

You can pretend facts don’t matter.

You can pretend facts don’t exist.

No matter what you do, facts are still the facts and until you do something to change them, they are still the facts.

Rather than put your head in the sand or hold your breath and say “they don’t apply to me”, why not accept the facts and figure out what to do next?

Have a great day!

Lawrence

No blame culture

Creating a no blame culture can allow an organization to get a lot done.

No one has to figure out who to pass the blame to.

No one has to defend themselves from false blame

Figure out what went wrong and fix it, while you are being successful, let the others waste their time with blame.

Have a great, and blame free, day!

Lawrence

Hire nice

You can train people to do processes.

You can teach people skills.

You can teach people techniques.

You can teach people many things.

The one thing I don’t believe you can teach people is how to be nice.

If you are looking for someone to work with the public, look for someone who is nice…they can learn the rest.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

Set the bar high for others

Lot’s of people talk about making their community better. They talk about ways to do economic development. They talk about ways to improve the cultural offerings. They talk about a lot of things.

At some point people will realize that the talk has to stop and action must start.

One of the best ways to improve an area is to do something that sets the bar high. Force others to rise to the occasion.

As a somewhat random example, if you don’t like the restaurant options in your community, help someone to build a great restaurant. Great food, great service etc.. If you do that the other restaurateurs in the community will be forced to either fail or become better. The ones who fail were going to do so anyway and the ones who rise to the occasion will force you to rise even higher.

This is sometimes an unpopular way to improve a community but sometimes you have to do the unpopular to truly make a difference.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

Before you take a stand

Before you take a stand…make sure you are standing in the right place.

Too often it seems people take a stand simply for the sake of doing so and don’t consider whether it’s the right stand to take.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

Questions

You will learn a lot more asking questions about topics you don’t know then in giving answers to questions you don’t know.

While the above statement might seem quite obvious, some people insist on demonstrating what they don’t know rather than learning.

It’s weird.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

Deference

Treat everyone with the same level of deference.

Whether they are the Queen of England or the local busboy, start with extreme deference and see how you are rewarded.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

What are you afraid of?

So much of what holds us back is fear.

Fear of failure.

Fear of success.

Fear of the unknown.

Fear of what other people think.

What are you afraid of and how do you stop the fear from stopping you?

Have a great day!

Lawrence