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You got to roll with it

15 February, 2011 Leave a comment

Change is the only constant. Change is opportunity, crisis, strength and weakness all rolled into one. If you are a “Who moved my cheese” fan (I’m more of a Johnny Bunko fan) then you know that it is you who decides how you will feel about a change and how you respond to the change can make a big difference.
And it is certainly easier to say all that when you aren’t going through a change…

My blog has been a bit quiet of late because we have been going through a change at the office, and obviously these things don’t just appear instantaneously.

I find it quite unnerving that when these sorts of changes are in the air, we only talk about them in very hushed tones, only with those who we trust, and only seriously if we have been given an official heads up.  But is secrecy really the way to go?

Argument 1: It may change again.
– Just imagine if we didn’t tell people about things because they might change again.

Argument 2: The secret will get out.
– Chances are it probably already is out.  Plus not sharing doesn’t exactly send a vote of confidence to those around you.

Argument 3: People’s lives are involved.
– There is a grain of truth here about some people being more impacted than others, but once those people are spoken to and involved in the discussion, is there really a problem with this?  Would they be even more likely to want to hear and talk about the opportunities the change is creating in other areas of the business?

At the heart of all this though is something about the way we (don’t) share our ideas before they are completed.  Seth Godin refers to it as shipping.  Getting the product/service/thingy/ idea out there as soon as you can, so that you can get some real feedback on it, make it better based on some of that feedback and the good ideas other people have, involving the key customers so it works best for them – they are the ones who we need to “buy” it after all.

There are lots of reasons why people don’t want to share their idea before it is complete (fear of negative feedback being a big one)…but maybe the possibilities of sharing can be so much bigger & better.
And if it relates to a really big idea, doesn’t that make the possibilities of sharing even better…

Keith

“The key to change…is to let go of fear” – Rosanne Cash

Are you ready to go?

21 September, 2010 6 comments

Seth Godin is very big on the importance of shipping. It means overcoming your fear and getting something out – suggesting an idea that might be stupid, asking a question everyone else already knows the answer to, sending an email that might sound silly (like this one). ie. Just generally putting something out there.

I have now seen the example I am going to use as a reminder to myself on the importance of shipping – and it is Minecraft.
Minecraft is a computer game (video trailer) designed and built by Markus “Notch” Peterson.  The game is not finished and is not even at the pre-release “Beta” stage yet.  But that hasn’t stopped it becoming a hit (with comparisons to World of Warcraft) – so much so that the website couldn’t handle all the traffic and Notch has had to shut down everything fancy on his website and let anyone play it for free for a time.

Some office cultures include secrecy and waiting for a perfect launch as critical because they are concerned about “white-anting” (basically a termite analogy) of their idea by other staff.

Maybe though, if you are aiming for something great, you should look to share your idea and encourage others to join you by asking their questions and sharing their ideas, in the hope that the idea becomes so much stronger.

Keith

PS. ”Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

The Time is Now

“At midnight of the 12th of August” starts a classic line delivered by Richard Burton in Jeff Lyne’s musical version of War of the Worlds.

Lisa Simpson’s marriage in the future also happens in August – the 1st of August 2010 to be exact.

By now most anyone reading this will have seen the two stories circulating around of people quitting their jobs. One is a very clever I quit message delivered via 33 photos of whiteboards (which it turns out is a fake), and the other is an absolute brain explosion by a Jet Blue flight attendant who was simply pushed too far by an over demanding customer.

What’s the point? – Deciding when you will act (proactively) is often a way to create far better outcome that taking a wait-and-see approach or being reactive to what is going on around you.  And so the saying goes… There are 3 kinds of people. Those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who ask “what happened?”.

All you have to do is decide which group you want to be in and then act accordingly. And so I now have a blog 🙂

Keith

PS. “The world has the habit of making room for the man whose actions show that he knows where he is going.” –Napoleon Hill

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