This is precisely the problem with most big companies -- they don't learn. They
get paid to do something, and then they get successful at it. So they try to
make it repeatable. They come up with all kinds of rules and processes to
reinforce that one thing, and suddenly, there is no motivation to try anything
different. There's no need to learn any new skills. And no time. The people
inside are kept frenetically busy with meetings and memos, so they never realize
life is passing them by.
Brilliant. Both companies and managers become successful doing something, so why change?
Even if things are changing, they'll fight just to keep things exactly the way they are, because that's what they know.
I've never played around with sound except for turning the volume up!
Just messing around with recording my own voice, and a friend's voice over
Skype, and bringing some music in and out. I'm far from getting
it right, and when I was in the Skype conversation and recording it, my
voice was dropping in and out for the guy listening to me. It
must be the sound card struggling to get everything together I guess.
I've been following Julian Bond's advice in a comment he left on Stuart Henshall's weblog, using Audacity,
and fiddling with the sound settings on the PC. It almost works,
but as Julian points out, it's getting the sound level on both myself
and the other person, that's the challenge.
The Sound Engineer will be back from Sydney soon, and sort me out so I don't have to worry about these things.
Someone asked me the other day if I'd thought of developing a Selling
Manifesto as part of my sales training. I already have one which
I'd written over 3 years ago. It needs updating but it's still
pretty good, and a nice collection of my own thoughts and other
people's on selling and life. Tony's Selling Manifesto
I must get it up to 95 points of wisdom, because all the best manifestos have 95.
And there's a prize for working out what No72 means!
Hunter S Thomson died the day before yesterday. Uncle Merv died a year ago, the day before yesterday. It would have been my Dad's 84th birthday the day before yesterday. 3 special men, joined by a single date.
I've not yet read much of Hunter S Thomson's work, but I've written
about him several times, because firstly his influence is so wide, and
secondly, just have a look at some of the quotes from the man!! In His Own Words WoW!
You just have to read the two articles by him on Richard Nixon's
death, and his views before George W Bush won his second election (I
can't get the links to Rolling Stone and The Atlantic Magazine to
work), to realise what a great writer he is (no longer!).
Some have described him as a founder of the idea of blogging. I wouldn't go that far, but you can see the influence he's had on Chris Locke, Cluetrain, Gonzo Marketing, and hence many of us who now try to write as if we're not sending a corporate memo.
I think I've had enough Da Vinci Code, time to try some Hunter S.
Here's a pet subject of mine, that makes my blood boil. a quarter of our children leave primary school illiterate
The Observer article is about synthetic phonics, a way for children to learn to read.
It may be true that synthetic phonics is a better way to learn, but
what the hell is the UK doing letting 25% of children be with school
teachers for 6 years and they come out not being able to read or write!
I wonder if it's any better here in Australia? Does it depend on
class sizes, or teaching methods, or quality of teachers. I don't
know, but it really worries me.
You'd think that teachers with kids for 6 years if they achieved nothing
else, could teach children basic reading and writing skills as well as
What are they doing in those 6 years?
I'd let 'em play for those 6 years and just teach them to read and write and arithmetic, and nothing else.
If you love wine, or hate all the bollocks talked about wine, then this movie is for you! Sideways.
Saw it last night with Annie. What a great film, very funny and poignant.
It's a wine road movie!
Two men, contrasting styles, optimism and pessimism.
The wine glass is half empty, the wine glass is half full If you've had too many chick flicks, well here's a bloke joke.
Why don't films like this get made more often?
Why is the script and storyline in this so good, whilst other's get compromised?
Podcasting here we come. The "Sound Engineer" has come up trumps inspired it seems by an earlier post, so I now I have to come up with the goods and actually do the talking or whatever the hell you do on a podcast.
Do I create a niche, is it a general thing? What do people want to listen to?
I think interviews or chatting with someone else works best.
I think we'll practise first, and then the whole world of sound opens up.
I've never played with sound or produced anything, but I have some ideas.
What I like is, "I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends", which is
appropriate, because the Sound Engineer is a Beatles Nut, and the other
friend just said to me,
"Everything you need to know about life is either in The Godfather or in Beatles lyrics!".
Steve has his Woz
Bill has his Steve
John, Paul, Ringo, and George, had their George!
Ok, I confess, I'm reading The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown.
I swore that seeing so many other people reading it on the train in to
work, that I'd never be part of the flock, but someone bought it me for
my birthday, so I thought I'd just read a page or two and reject it as
badly written trash.
It's a ripping good yarn, well written, simply written. It's hooked me, and it's easy to follow.
It cuts straight to the point and doesn't piss around or get too
complex (so far), because I'm only part of the way in. And you
learn things as you go along, assuming that they're true, like Phi which I'd never heard of.
In my teens I was hooked on Desmond Bagley books which had great plots, even from the first page.
The Da Vinci code reminds me of that Desmond Bagley addiction.
Hey I just thought of something. A great hoax is going to be
created one day, in an article or book, with fake entries written in
WiKipedia, so we all fall for it.
I'm getting paranoid, which just goes to show how good The Da Vinci Code is!!
And how many action systems have you tried to implement for yourself over the years?
Paper and Pen
Time Manager (and several other systems!)
Covey Planning Sheet
Jobs that involve dealing with a lot of people, no problem. I use
Outlook tasks, where each person to contact is a task in
rotation. So even at 200-500 people it's a matter of loading them
into Outlook tasks and contacting them on rotation.
Not perfect because you sometimes get behind and the contacts begin to pile up!
Having a limited action list or one big task. That's also quite easy.
What's difficult is having a lot of actions and tasks which cover a time span and have lots of actions and dependencies.
Oh sure it's easy to enter a task with a begin and end date, but it's
the quality of doing the task and actions in between, and each action
within a task competing with actions from other tasks.
What a headache!
I'm giving MindManager (MindMaps) with task info a go. This also integrates with Outlook tasks.
The trouble is, MindManager tasks tend to sit on the outer perimeter of
the MindMap, so it's difficult to see them all together and I don't
think you can rank them or filter based on importance.
So it might be back to small coloured Post-Its! Or a Spreadsheet again.
I think what's needed is some kind of 3 dimensional action manager software.
But the reality is, the older I get the more people rather than task oriented I am.