Time to (re)ground ourselves in substantial dialogue?

So, I wrote a three-paragraph intro to this link, talking about how this HBR piece resonated with me, and resolving to spend more time adding meat to this blog. Then, when I published the piece, my great thoughts were gone. Only the link remained …

It is going to take a while to digest this one.

The Atlantic's Tom Cochran on "Data as a Media Game Changer"

Cochran’s piece is not only provocative, but eloquent — making one realize how pedestrian so much of the text that passes as “thought leadership” really is. Great ideas simply cannot be expressed by plain language; they require equally powerful articulation to really live and breathe. Making this a very big “Note to Self” …  

Great quote from Cochran: “In order to survive the digital hunger games, media companies must acknowledge that they are data-driven technology companies. The product will always be insightful content, but the delivery methods require ever-evolving emerging technologies.”

beingblog:

“Give me the work and I’ll do it; give me the stew and I’ll stew it; give me the bell and I’ll ring it; give me the song and I’ll sing it!
~Woody Guthrie (born July 14, 1912) from the song Give Me a Nail
photo by Evan Leeson (Taken with Instagram)

Woody Guthrie … 100 years old on Saturday

beingblog:

“Give me the work and I’ll do it; give me the stew and I’ll stew it; give me the bell and I’ll ring it; give me the song and I’ll sing it!

~Woody Guthrie (born July 14, 1912) from the song Give Me a Nail

photo by Evan Leeson (Taken with Instagram)

Woody Guthrie … 100 years old on Saturday

beingblog:

“The stream had grown up, so that it was almost a river…for it knew now where it was going, and it said to itself, ‘there is no hurry. We shall get there someday.’”
-A.A. Milne from The House at Pooh Corner.
Photo by Trey Ratcliff. (Taken with Instagram)

Thank you, as always, Mr. Milne …

beingblog:

“The stream had grown up, so that it was almost a river…for it knew now where it was going, and it said to itself, ‘there is no hurry. We shall get there someday.’”

-A.A. Milne from The House at Pooh Corner.

Photo by Trey Ratcliff. (Taken with Instagram)

Thank you, as always, Mr. Milne …

polychroniadis:

Untitled tree house by  FLORENTIJN HOFMAN.

May we all have a tree house for dreaming our deepest daydreams and plotting their realization ….

polychroniadis:

Untitled tree house by  FLORENTIJN HOFMAN.

May we all have a tree house for dreaming our deepest daydreams and plotting their realization ….

http://instagr.am/p/LqK6BlscwN/

Experimenting with Instagram … Why did an app that makes your pictures look older become so hot? Seems so counterintuitive somehow … But the results are fun — and am following some really excellent photographers there, such as Amanda Charchian and Bob Doran.

Prudential Center, Radiohead

Prudential Center, Radiohead

edfelix:

Great conversation around brands entering the mobile space (via @urbanairship). The pitfalls of CMOs and marketing teams… and how brands should be thinking about and approaching mobile.

I love the way this is filmed and edited … Want to try something like this with our clients.

Creating passion in the workplace: A starter list

Cultivating a workplace where people thrive — not just get through the day — is the key to a highly successful company. Businesses, like people, can just “get by”; but jumping to the next level requires a commitment to taking chances on the counter-reductive. The rules of success have been reduced to a set of assumptions about working long hours, not questioning bosses — ideas that, in their essence, have merit but have been pushed to extremes.

So how to create a workplace where the work feels less like “work”? How to get the unexpected, as well as the expected, out of employees? To the ideas in this article, I would add at least one: Set a good example. Attitude and passion can and do trickle down. 

For the marketer, the freelancer and the entrepreneur, the challenge is to level set, to be comfortable with the undone, with the cycle of never-ending. We were trained to finish our homework, our peas and our chores. Today, we’re never finished, and that’s okay.

It’s a dance, not an endless grind.

Seth Godin, from his blog entry “Dancing on the edge of finished”

~Krista Tippett, host

(via beingblog)

I need to read this every morning …