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2018: 3 nuggets of wisdom to start off the new year

I spent the holidays at home in Quito, Ecuador this year. I read, I wrote and I learned some really interesting things through in person conversations and online courses. In short, I became a little wiser as I rang in the new year! I share 3 nuggets of wisdom that represent my first post of 2018. May the new year bring you health, connections and opportunities to be present!

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Health is the basis for growth.

In all aspects, staying healthy is preferable to dealing with health consequences after the fact. This applies just as much to organizations as to personal physical health. Health is a smart medium/long term strategy.

Connections are gold.

Connections create opportunities that would otherwise not exist. After posting a note about this on LinkedIn last week, I received an overwhelming response from people (some connections, some not) all over the world. Connectors connect interests resulting in value creation and problem solving. Without connections (and the platforms and people that connect), innovation and growth would not be possible. Blockchain (and distributed ledger) provide some interesting opportunities for transparency, connection and efficiencies.

Being responsible means you are response – able.

Even if we are trained to blame others or the weather or some third party when faced with something we are unable to accomplish, doing so means that we are giving up our ability to provide a solution or “own” the situation. Taking responsibility even when other factors played a significant part, means we are “response-able”; a great takeaway from philosopher Fred Kaufman.

Happy 2018!

-EMC

 

 

 

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Savvy Saturday May 27, 2017

“Customers rarely make buying decisions around what the “average” customer in their category may do—but they often buy things because they find themselves with a problem they would like to solve.”

…from the Christensen Institute.

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Savvy Saturday April 2, 2016

“We are at a critical point where rapid change is forcing us to look not just to new ways of solving problems but to new problems to solve.” -Tim Brown

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Bouldering and Problem Solving

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In climbing, a “problem” is a large, technically difficult rock. Climbing it is referred to as “solving” by alpinists.

There is something gorgeously poetic and awesomely revealing in this little piece of bouldering trivia. It goes to show what Cicero said years ago about the importance of naming things correctly. Metaphorically speaking or not, attributing names to things helps us understand our place in the world.

– EMC

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“Know Thyself”

I am researching “know thyself” for an upcoming project and wanted to share with you why I think this phrase is important in business and in life in general. Why? Because when you know yourself: you know your strengths and weaknesses, you know your likes and dislikes, you know your goals and your dreams; with this knowledge you are able to overcome the day to day, see more strategically, seize opportunities, negotiate better, mitigate risks and make decisions that mean something to the people around you – be it your customers, your family, your friends, your competitors or your nemeses!

Doing meaningful work is associated with knowing yourself. Creation of value comes when knowledge and talent intersects with opportunity to solve a problem that may otherwise not have been solved.

know thyself (knowledge + talent) + opportunity = value

It means that all of us have the opportunity to create something of value; the most difficult part could be knowing thyself.

 

Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.

~Sun Tzu

 

 

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