It’s important to understand what motivates people and not to assume that everyone’s motivation is the same as yours.

As an example, I was speaking to a business person who is wanting to walk away from an opportunity because it didn’t fall within his mission of wanting to make the world a better place. The fact that this person could make some money with this opportunity was offset by the loss of opportunity for more meaningful projects.

Another person was considering walking away from a project that was profitable because he wasn’t having fun. He had plenty of other ways to make money so was debating walking away from something in search of another project that might be fun.

In both cases the people they were negotiating with didn’t understand that money wasn’t their only motivation so the more they argued their cases, the less impact they were having because of a misunderstanding of people’s motivation.

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It’s almost always easier to go forward rather than backwards. Because of this, sometimes it’s better to delay your start to make sure you are going in the right direction rather than starting and then having to back up and then start over in the right direction.

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Insurgents change the world.

Insurgents fight against complacency and are always pushing forward.

Insurgents face a lot of opposition.

Insurgents often fail.

It’s a lot of work and a lot of frustration to be an insurgent. It’s much easier to maintain the status quo.

Most people aren’t willing to put in the time, the effort or the angst to try make a difference.

Aren’t you glad that we have had people who don’t choose the status quo? Aren’t you glad we have people who don’t choose the easy way out? Aren’t you glad we have people willing to be wrong in order find whats right?

Don’t you want to be one of those people?

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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!


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.

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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.

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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.

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