Posts Tagged ‘twitter’

We are all entrepreneurs.

16 Jun

Today’s complex world demands new skills to recognize trends and make sense of them. This demands a new type of thinker with a new series of tools for creating, testing, and learning.

A new thinker you say, what kind?

An ‘Expert Generalist’, someone who can transfer knowledge across domains, someone who can see similarities and analogies others cannot. This is a concept developed by Art Markman, UT Austin Cognitive Scientist.

ABrush-Shaped Being, a person who has a broad specialization and correspondingly broad set of interests. This is a concept developed by Roy Blumenthal, a Visual Facilitator.

Both of these seek to combine breath with depth, the exact opposite of what is asked in most corporations today. This is the natural skill set of an entrepreneur, one who struggles to create a new business, testing and learning along the way, until they successfully execute an idea. An entrepreneur can sit in any organizational structure.

Fahrenheit 212 is a company comprised of these individuals, and is succeeding with this new skillset. It is a new consultancy that develops and executes ideas, straddling the wide divide between a design and management firm. Most interestingly, it has a stake in the profits of these ventures it enters into, much more of a partner, with skin in the game, than a consultant.

‘”Having an idea without knowing how it makes money is as valueless as knowing where growth lies without the idea,” says Geoff Vuleta, head of Fahrenheit 212, critiquing the stereotypical design firm and the classic management consultant.’

This interesting critique on the current state of the design and management consulting industry by Vuleta shows that in order to succeed, we must be broader than we have before, both as individuals and as businesses. We must become ‘Expert Generalists’ and ‘Brushed Shaped Beings.’ We must also take risks. We must be entrepreneurs.

There are tremendous opportunities in the world to live fantastic vibrant lives, making in dent in the universe. The traditional management skills won’t take you there. Find ways to make that difference, and bring creative change to the world.

Related: How the creator of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, made his idea real.

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Creator of Twitter: ‘Drawing out your ideas’ is the key to success.

03 Jun

The Creator of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, shared his top 3 keys to success at the 99% Conference. Jack advocates we ‘draw an idea out, recognize the situation around us, and immediately share it with people.’

First, ‘draw out your ideas.’

Drawing is all about ‘getting it out of your head and seeing it from a completely different perspective.‘*

Here is the original sketch by Jack for Twitter, circa 2000. It wasn’t practical at the time so he kept it aside in his nest of ideas.

Twitter Founder, Jack Dorsey, advocates 'drawing out your ideas.' Here is the original sketch for Twitter, circa 2000. He recognized the right situation in 2005. It became perfect in 2009.

Second, ‘recognize the situation is right.’

In 2000, Twitter would have failed.

However, in 2005, text messaging got big in the US. Jack was reminded of an original idea he had back in 2000, what came to be Twitter.

By having a historical record of ideas, an idea nest, you can reapply your ideas when the situation is right.
Third, ‘be open enough to iterate quickly.’

Your idea has to be more than idea, it has to be a solution to someone’s problem. Try to come up with a basic solution, and keep changing it until it’s just right. Learn fast and cheap on paper with sketches, in discussion with others, and in use with prototypes.
Finally, ‘act as an editor.’

Know when to stop, and start doing. To succeed, we must go from ‘idea, to drawing, to prototype, to commitment.’

Jack Dorsey, Founder of Twitter, Original Sketches of Square

Here is Jack's original sketch for his new company, Square, a tool to help everyone accept credit card transactions everywhere.

Thanks to @sido for his post and tweet.

* We call this different perspective the Diversity of Thought.

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Make your marks in the world.

08 May

We’ve created a world where the future is more valuable than the present.

We’re at the Louvre… rather than focusing on the artwork, we’re photographing it to view at home, on our laptop.

We’re at the Etienne de Crecy concert in London… rather then enjoying the show, we’re recording it to share on Facebook, with people who weren’t there.

We’re at a conference… rather than listening to the speaker’s message, we’re tweeting misleading summaries of the introduction.

By drawing, we can we slow down and harness the present moment.

Searching for ideas around you, you’re forced to see, rather than just look. You’re more closely observing the myriad styles of the people on the street, the design of the office awning, or the bird perched on a skinny branch; things you’d breeze by in your typical routine. As your pen moves slowly, tracing the lines of an object yet to be realized, your care-free view of the world becomes an opportunity to put things in perspective.

The process of sketching in a journal allows you to declutter your mind and still maintain a record for posterity. As you gather these experiences in one location, you begin cultivating a nest which fosters connections between seemingly disconnected ideas. Practicing creatively documenting your life opens your mind to whole brain thinking, allowing you to form new skills to connect with the world around you, seeing things in a new light. Beyond revisiting the journal, research shows that doodling aids memory by 29%.

So, next time you’ve got a problem at work or home, rather than commiserate with yourself, get out in the world and find an interesting place, person, or thing. Try to get it down on the page. You’ll appreciate the time away and a chance to clear your mind.

Just as a bird gathers disparate materials to make its dent in the universe, you must gather the present moments you uniquely experience to make your mark on the world.

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Practicing to be concise…

07 Apr

In today’s loud world, the most effective messages are concise messages.

Think about an Apple Press Conference… a quick little blurb, then BAM. You’re floored. (Duarte Design calls is the S.T.A.R. moment: ‘something they’ll always remember.’) You and I aren’t Steve Jobs, yet… but we can practice. Here’s how:

  1. Get on twitter.

    Setup an account, have fun with the name.
    Come up with your ‘reason for tweeting’.
    Read what others are saying, follow them, if you care. Maybe retweet it, add  your own comment to support your ‘reason for tweeting.’
    Go out in the world, share an observation. (Force it when you have none, you’ll be surprised what comes to mind.)
    Update your ‘reason your tweeting,’ then, keep going, you’ll learn to speak volumes in 140 characters.

  2. Start sketching.

    Buy a 3″x5″ notepad, maybe a moleskin. Smaller = better.
    Keep it in your pocket with a pen, jot down ideas… good and bad.
    Try to draw a graphic for those ideas, to help you think differently about them, and to help you remember them later. (Try it, you’ll be surprised it works.)
    When you’re mind has run blank, flip through your old ideas, and redraw whatever seems interesting.
    Share your observations with others. You can’t include all the details in a sketch, so you’ll know what’s most important.

  3. Start editing.

    Look at your work… maybe it’s writing, maybe it’s software, maybe it’s a new car door.
    Is it all important? What couldn’t your final product live without?
    Only include that.
    Continue to explore how you can solve problems (the reason you work right?) in the simplest and easiest way.
    Share your concise results with others. If you can explain it quickly and easily, you’re being concise. People love that.

What helps you to be concise?

How will P&G's skillset need to change? Looking & Listening, Making Ideas Real, Clarifying the future vision, Editing. How to be more concise... practice. Twitter, Sketching, Journaling, Editing.

The source for this post... sketch notes of a Roger Martin speech on Design Thinking.

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