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Bonnie Siegler has more than 60 in her delightful new book! Here are my favorites:
White space is your friend
No, you can’t watch us work
Be open to things you didn’t imagine
Be confident, not arrogant
Nothing takes a second
Don’t be rude
Tell me the problem, not the solution
Decide who will decide
Have clarity of purpose
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Wise advise by Seth Godin:
Yes there was supposed to be a clown at your birthday party. No, he didn’t show up. That’s a bummer.
But! But your friends are all here, and the sun is shining and you’ve got cake and a game of pin the tail on the donkey ready to go.
The question is: how long should you mourn the loss of the clown? How much more of your party are you ready to sacrifice?
The same question confronts the pro golfer who three-putted on the third hole.
Or the accountant who forgot an obvious deduction, one that can’t be recovered.
Or the salesperson who missed a key meeting, or the speaker who got let down because the tech crew screwed up her first three slides.
When we can see these glitches as clowns, as temporary glitches that are unrelated to the cosmic harmony of the universe or even the next thing that’s going to happen to us, they’re easier to compartmentalize.
Okay, now what?
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The next time you have to break down a problem, consider using George Heilmeier’s method for solving research challenges:
- What are you trying to do? Articulate your objectives using absolutely no jargon.
- How is it done today, and what are the limits of current practice?
- What is new in your approach and why do you think it will be successful?
- Who cares? If you are successful, what difference will it make?
- What are the risks?
- How much will it cost?
- How long will it take?
- What are the mid-term and final “exams” to check for success?
(via John Maeda)