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February 11, 2009

News & Opinion: ChangeThis: Issue 55

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 9:39 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

The 55th issue of ChangeThis has been published for your perusal and reading pleasure. Excerpts and links below.
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Live the Juggle Life by Ian Sanders
"In this scrambled up world of work there are no rules and few walls. And that means the key to business success is totally up for negotiation.
It's time to rethink the best skills to have in any executive or entrepreneur's toolbox. Forget an MBA from a flash business school, a talent for spreadsheets, or an aptitude for social networking. Think Juggle!"
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Stories, Storytelling, Story-Selling in Business by Tom Nies
"Good stories fascinate us all. They always have. They always will.
At this moment in our nation's history, we are seeing two epic stories evolving--in terms of our new President, and in the state of our economy.
The story of Obama many believe is epic, and certainly the story of our nation's recession and economic downfall is also a burgeoning epic tale.
Stories move societies forward. They inspire, engage and initiate change through their telling and re-telling. Basically, there are two types of stories: Truth Stories
and True Stories."
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A World Without Surprise by Andy Nulman
"The ChangeThis instructions read: 'If you have a book... please use it only as a jumping-off point from which to isolate a particularly intriguing idea.'
Well, I have a book. It's called Pow! Right Between The Eyes! And its particularly intriguing idea opens mouths, pops eyes and, may I say, whups ass. While potent and influential, it is also the most bullying of ideas; taunting me, challenging me, expecting me, every time, to do something different.
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I considered putting the words into song, but given a vocal range better suited to the dulcet tones of thrash metal, my message would've been distorted and muddied.
So I did the next best thing.
I think.
May I present, the apocalyptic poetic vision of...
A WORLD WITHOUT SURPRISE."
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Learning to View Your Customers as a Powerful Tribe by Ed Welch
"As a business it's tempting to think of a 'tribe' as a 'customer base.' That's wrong. People aren't part of a tribe simply because they buy a product or service. What qualifies them as a tribe are their connections. Tribes of customers are connected to an idea, each other, products, services, employees, etc.--creating a network of connections to the business as a whole."
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Self, and Importance. A Call to Reflection and Action by Scott Ballum
"When we align ourselves with the opinions of others without examination, we are robbing ourselves of the opportunity to analyze our own preferences and desires, to determine our own solutions. We miss the chance to review the criteria others are utilizing, to question their biases and seek our own inspiration. In stunting the development of our own individual perspectives and initiatives, we trap ourselves in lives that appear to be predestined, and deny the possibility of realizing our personal potential."
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Powerful Solving: In the Foundation of Innovation by Matthew Battle
"In order to be powerful, you need to deliver as much force, covering as much distance, in the shortest time possible. Consequently, given a force, if you want to improve the power you need to apply the force over a greater range OR decrease the time needed!
Let's now make an analogy in the cognitive world.
What is the force analogy? Force is the origin of the move in the mechanical world. In the cognitive world, the move is initiated by your ideas. So:
F = Ideas
Now, let's look at the path."
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About Dylan Schleicher


Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.