Archive for the ‘Thinking’ Category

When 3 < 1
August 16, 2007

 

Black versus White

Could it be? Is there really a time when more can be less? Yes…at least when it comes to results, performance and productivity that is. Bear with me here.

A very talented and experienced software engineer once gave me some advice on the topic of partnering with the right people. In a very simple and to-the-point kind of manner, he told me that one great programmer could do the same amount of work, if not more, than that of three good programmers. So with this example, throwing more people (resources) at a project doesn’t necessarily mean better/faster development (results).

Ever known somebody like that? A person that you knew could handle anything, do it without a team of assistants and still manage to get in done in less time than needed. Moral of the story…while the RIGHT person may require more resources and be more difficult to get on board…in the end, they’ll end up accomplishing more than three other good individuals combined. LESS is MORE…think GREAT, not GOOD.

And this post is not just about people…but about many other areas as well.  MORE money, MORE hardware, MORE marketing…instead, think of the RIGHT solution to your problem, the RIGHT strategy for your target market, the RIGHT approach to your social work.  Case in point, quality > quantity.

Dreamers and Visionaries
July 25, 2007

Let me preface this post by saying that I’m a HUGE advocate of dreams. Everything about ’em…from the dreaming process to the creativity involved to the aspiration of more than “the familiar”…it’s all good…BUT, I’ve recently noticed the shortcomings which often plague those that dare to dream. In essence, it’s *the next step* that stifles the dreamers, and this next step is where dreamers develop into visionaries. Initiative, Passion, Thinking…yes, yes and yes…they’re all very vital, but I’d like to just mock up a quick comparison of the two for the time being:

By Micah Davis

…be there.
July 20, 2007

 

“Wherever you are…be there.” – Dr. Nasir Siddiki

This post is in direct response to the quote above. The culture of our society today seems to 100% embrace the notion of an “it’s okay…I have A.D.D.” type of mentality. Combine that with the ever-present *multi-task mindset* of the work-a-holic community and there’s no wonder why people have such a hard time staying on track, reaching their goals and fulfilling their dreams.

Ever been somewhere but not really “been there?” You know, your body is there but you’re checked out mentally. Daydreams, sleepiness, fatigue, ideas…whatever the reason may be, it’s easy to go through the motions without being tuned into the environment and/or task at hand. (more…)

Snapshots of a Startup: The Lowest Common Denominator
July 10, 2007

 

In the continuation of the Snapshots of a Startup series, I’ve making an effort to simply share some of the lessons/principles/concepts that I’m learning throughout the course of working on my first major startup. Well…it’s been a while now…and I’ve had this idea brewing in my head for quite some time. I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to both meet and become friends with many successful entrepreneurs, businessmen and social influencers. Each person has had some great nuggets of insight to share…yet in the experiences of each lies one thread, one reoccurring theme, one common denominator. (more…)

The Little Birdie…
June 25, 2007

 

The story below is an excerpt from Chazown, a book by Craig Groeschel. It’s short and simple…but raises some good points!

One day the bird was flying South for the winter and got caught in a snowstorm. As snow landed on his tiny wings, it melted slightly, then quickly froze, causing the bird to fall to the ground. As he sat helpless and shivering, encased in ice, the bird thought to himself, this is the end.

To make matters worse, a cow wandered toward the freezing bird and – wouldn’t you know it? – deposited a stinking pile of manure on top of the bird. The bird panicked, horrified at the thought that he was going to freeze to death, covered in manure. But slowly, the warmth of the manure caused the bird to thaw out. He fluttered his newly freed wings and began to chirp with joy! Chirp! Chirp!

That’s when a cat, drawn by the chirping, ran over, dug out the bird…and ate him! This story of courage and calamity teaches three important lessons:

1. Not everyone that drops manure on you is your enemy
2. Not everyone who digs you out of manure is your friend
3. When you are in manure, keep your mouth shut

By Micah Davis

Creativity with Constraints
June 14, 2007

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First off, I’d like to mention that one of my best friends and co-founder, Chris Capehart, has recently launched his new blog appropriately titled “The Different Ink.” Chris is one of the most passionate people that I know with a genuine care for relationships and appetite for success. I highly recommend that you check out his blog…I know that I’m looking forward to some more posts (Chris…*hint, hint*). And now we’ll be moving along to what’s been on my mind…

Stuck…ever been there? Ever felt it? Well if you’re human like the rest of us, then the chances are that you have been. But breaking through mental barriers and life’s challenges can be accomplished easier with some tools at hand. So when it comes to being creative, I generally like to try 2 different approaches. The 1st of which is to ask the BIG question of…”What if?” Simple…you bet, but powerful when uttered with intent. I’m actually not going to dive into this direction as Chris has actually just written about the subject here.

Now this next approach seems to be neglected and underutilized a little more often than not. (more…)

think = P-R-O-C-E-S-S
June 5, 2007

 

In 1501, the Arte della Lana commissioned Michelangelo to create the now famous statue of David.  About 40 years earlier, another sculptor by the name of Agostino di Duccio had tried to sculpt the same object but to no avail.  When Michelangelo was given the task, he was also given the same block of marble that Agostino had worked on those many years ago.  The story is told that every day for 3 months, the 26 year old Michelangelo stood and stared at the marble block.  He would leave at the end of the workday and return the following morning, repeating the routine to the great puzzlement of onlookers.

“What are you doing?” someone asked.  “I’m working,” the master sculptor replied.  (more…)

The Easiest Thing in the World To Do Is…
May 27, 2007

 

…settle.  Yep, to S-E-T-T-L-E.  It’s not to quit, to give up or to cave in…for even each of those require some degree of resistance in the form of an inner disappointment or feeling of defeat.  Yet to settle, one must only choose to do what’s comfortable, easy and acceptable…all while still being able to “justify” to oneself that the task at hand is still being pursued. Here’s how dictionary.com describes the word:  settle: to accept in spite of incomplete satisfaction. (more…)

The 2nd Right Answer
April 10, 2007

 

“Children enter school as question marks and come out as periods.” – Neil Postman

During the course of the early years of life…somewhere along the beaten path…our innate sense of creativity seems to slowly become jaded.  WHY?  The education system, our culture, friends, society, norms, expectations, etc… somewhere @ some point in time, we were told to grow up into adulthood and let go of many of many of our natural inclinations.

While that is fine by all means and a very necessary progression along the journey of life…but there have been some very unfortunate and unintended consequences as a result.   We’ve been told to think a certain way, to solve problems in a certain fashion and to only give select answers… (more…)

Litigation, Innovation & Frustration!
March 28, 2007

Ever had an idea on how to improve a company’s service/product?  Ever wondered why it hasn’t been acted on yet?  Ever wonder why some companies sue others out of fear that their company will lose business?

To me…the whole “litigate instead of innovate” thing is just frustrating!  Many once-prominent companies hold fast to the legal system to protect them from competitors rather than innovating and embracing new mediums of change. (more…)