Playing with Turtles

Now that the Dangerous Kitchen blog is up and running, I’m sure to be posting there much more than here. Please spread the word.

And so, here’s a post about the danger of playing with turtles…

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The Winter Olympics (a haiku)

Nations send their best
But who goes home with the gold —
Champions or brands?

* When national athletes train in distant lands; when they become ex-patriots just to get into the games; when the pressures and benefits of sponsorship outweigh those of the competition itself, you can’t help but wonder if maybe some of our Olympic integrity is (pardon the pun) skating on thin ice.

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The iPad (a haiku)

Elegant design.

Form. Function. Simplicity.

And yet, we complain.*

* Apple unveils “the next big thing” to some critical…disappointment.

As best as I can sum up the reaction as I’ve seen/heard it: “Yeah, we like the iPad, but it’s just a big iPod Touch. Or an iPhone without the phone, or the camera. We don’t see this as the revolutionary product we expect from Apple.”

Well, sometimes it’s not about revolution — it’s about evolution.

I’m not one to second guess Apple; they pretty much get it right. I mean, I love my iPhone (don’t we all?). It’s everything I imagine it could — or should — be.

Well, everything except for one small issue: the user experience is…small.

So, when I watched the iPad Demo the first thing I thought was: finally, some real estate.

IMHO, that’s a game-changer, right there.

So, let the critics complain. I bet they want one anyway.

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It’s Not A Frackin’ Bus

Disclaimer: I have yet to read Jim Collins’ “Good To Great,” and so, forgive me if I offend anyone’s sensibilities. But, this morning I started writing a blog post (on another subject), and this thought came to mind, so I decided to write about it instead…

Many people have quoted Jim Collins’ “who before what” analogy about great companies and filling the bus with the right people:

You are a bus driver. The bus, your company, is at a standstill, and it’s your job to get it going. You have to decide where you’re going, how you’re going to get there, and who’s going with you.

Most people assume that great bus drivers (read: business leaders) immediately start the journey by announcing to the people on the bus where they’re going—by setting a new direction or by articulating a fresh corporate vision.

In fact, leaders of companies that go from good to great start not with “where” but with “who.” They start by getting the right people on the bus, the wrong people off the bus, and the right people in the right seats.*

So, I ask the question: When you take a bus ride, aren’t you a passenger? Isn’t it your role to sit back and patiently wait until you get to your destination?

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want Dangerous Kitchen (my company) filled with passengers; I want a squadron of flying aces, each working in a coordinated effort to hit the right targets. (OK, I admit that’s a pretty smarmy analogy, but you get the idea.)

So, sorry Jim, I’m with you on the “right people” part. I can buy into the “people before destination” part (at least to some extent, though we can argue about that on another post). Ain’t takin’ the bus ride though.

No offense. ;-)

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The Start-up (a haiku)

Big thinking, small funds.

Long days and multiple hats.

A labor of love.

Written at 3AM this morning, as I lay awake planning next steps for Dangerous Kitchen, the new go-to-market agency founded upon many of the principles in this blog.

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