Culture Shock Notes

July 7th, 2014

Culture shock notes

I bought Will McInnes’ Culture Shock book a good while back and finally had enough time off to read it. As I said to Will, I dog eared the shit out of it and these are the notes from those dog eared pages. Makes sense to me, maybe not to you. I think a lot has happened and sadly a lot HAS NOT happened since it came out so the book is worth a read for anyone in a company/organisation that wants to make changes. Like all books in a new area it had to mix the cheerleading and bringing you over the line part with the “and here’s how to do it part”. I do think even in 2014 that this still needs to happen but for not as many people so one wonders could there be a sister book for the “doing” part and maybe with more exercises. So Will, another book please!

A word of warning: The book however in size looks like it’s going to be nice and easy but the work involved is going to take a lot to do but this will help you plan it all out. This book is a “put downable book” because you are dog earing or taking notes. A very personal feeling is a different shape to the book might have helped with some of the exercises/flows so they’re all on one page or spread over two matching pages. Bigger in terms of being wider. Slimmer but wider.

There’s probably a niche for another book in this area too for people like me, “lone wolf” business people. So Will, a third book!

So, some of my notes, copy, paste and Google, I might be unlazy and add links to these later.
Pg 9 “In ultra competitive business landscape, our organisations need a higher purpose. a story of meaning”

Pg 24 CTI – Coaches Training Institute
“what’s your purpose?” – Richard Jacobs
Check four audiobook too

Pg 47 HCL Technologies.
“employees first, customers second” – Vincent Nagar
Namasté Solar

Pg 57 Worldblu. List of most democratic companies. The Worldblu Scorecard.

Pg 58 Ready. Fire. Aim.

Pg 81 Namasté Solar – F.O.H. Frank Open Honest comms.

Pg 87 Gore.
Associates not employees. Sponsor not manager.
Max 200 in a unit/plant
CEO Terri Kelly – MIT Talk
Nixon McInnes – Church of Fail

Pg 105,106 Conscious Leadership
1. Leading Yourself
2. Style
3. Trust and Ethics
4. Transparency
5. Rewards
6. Comms – Realtime
7. support

Pg 108 – Questions to ask yourself

Pg 118 “Every soldier is a sensor. Every citizen is a contributor. Every resident a reporter.” – Brian Humphrey

Pg 137 Euan Semple “Banning social sites at work is for wimps, real managers have conversations with their time wasters about wasting time”

Pg 142 Crowdsourcing site “Innocentive” – Yury Bodrov

Pg 147 Hackdays – Social Innovation Camps

Pg 162 Andy Grove – “high tech runs three times faster than normal businesses. government runs three times slower than normal businesses”

Pg 173 Ben Fletcher, Karen Pine – Do something different programme

Pg 177 Train company PR guy – “We have twenty seconds before the world knows more about the crisis than we do”

Pg 179 OODA
Observe – What’s going on here?
Orient – What’s my place? Where am I in relation to this?
Decide – What will I do?
Act – Do it
Quick loops, moving and iterating
“The best decision right now”

Pg 240 Global Guerrilla blog – John Robb
Vinay Gupta writings
Are you financially resilient? How can you improve this.

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Fluffy Links – Monday July 7th 2014

July 7th, 2014

Rapid response PR from Walmart. Use your blog to call bullshit on shoddy journalism. Nicely done.

In the food industry in Ireland? Want to be? Join the Foodworks programme.

The Apple iBand/iWatch as a payments and ID system. Disney already doing this and we know who has a LOT of stock in that company

Meanwhile. The Princest Diaries.

Via Justin Mason – A Repair Cafe. Lovely idea.

brings together people with things that need fixin’ with people who have the skills to fix them in a social cafe style environment

The 30 best albums of 2014 so far.

Someone up high protected Jimmy Savile. Tabloids were chasing him and still nothing even with the scale of abuse that is now known? It’s even mentioned in the original House of Cards.

If a movie doesn’t do a scene from inside fireworks or a volcano after all these done videos, I’ll be disappointed. Bullet time in the Matrix was original done in music videos.

The Moto watch actually looks good.

Hendrick’s Gin and DFS open vintage hair salon at Changi Airport. Odd but cool idea.

€2000 tender for an infographic by Houses of Oireachtas

June 26th, 2014

Oireachtas Infographic

So the Houses of the Oireachtas want an infographic and one that does this:

provide a visual representation of the budget process from the perspective of the Houses of the Oireachtas that is visually engaging as well as being authoritative, accurate and objective.

and the max ex-VAT price you can quote:

The maximum budget for this project is €2,000

Yeah cos when you tell people the max you’ll pay, that means the quote will be Max minus a few quid.

This is all outlined in an 18 page document. (.Doc Attached)

But hang on, there are some conditions for this:

“it must be possible to print it (A3 and A4) as well as publishing it on the Library & Research Service WordPress website.”

Yeah infographics generally have that ability, you know cos they’re graphics.

But wait, there’s more:

It is expected that there will be at least one kick off meeting after the tender has been awarded to confirm approach and content, and at least one draft infographic delivered to the L&RS before delivery of the final approved infographic.

Think of the admin work that went into producing this tender and evaluating it. For an infrographc!

Last year it cost €105 million to run the Houses of the Oireachtas.

It’s all about execution. What is your “Brand”?

June 24th, 2014

Forbes interview with Matti Leshem. Some nice quotes worth sticking up here.

I thought Barry Diller hired me for my creativity where in fact he was interested in my ability to execute. Barry taught me everything I know about business and that your creativity is only as good as your ability to execute against it.

it’s causing people to pursue a career trying to work for themselves when they would be much happier just working for someone else.

The Protagonist credo is that brand is meaning. When you come in contact with a brand, an emotional shift takes place in the consumer and the person perceiving that brand immediately knows what it means to them. The brilliant thing about branding is it doesn’t have to mean the same thing to all people. When you see someone wearing a Nike logo or a Nike jacket, you immediately have an emotional and visceral connection of that brand because of the connection they have made on you over time. Building those connections with people is an incredibly difficult thing to do.

Fluffy Links – Monday June 23rd 2014

June 23rd, 2014

Just FDIY. Tinder profile consultancy business. Took 3 hours to get up and running and instantly made money. Reminds me of this and this. Tinder is huge, it’s mass market but also new. The first to move in this mass market space has a serious advantage. It won’t last but having tools or services available that people need and to start offering them before Tinder builds these tools themselves or a company with a bigger marketing budget offers them, means you can make money.

Handy tool for people wanting to book your time for mentoring or meeting up for a coffee.

The IEDR have an initiative to help web businesses up their game. A good few grand worth of work is on offering. Case studies from last year. (PDF)

Cool toaster. I’d like it in my kitchen for a whole 15 minutes.

Like IFTTT (web system to automate web tasks), there’s Zapier. And on that, some IFTT recipes for market intelligence.

Bullet HQ mileage app.

Building a safe space for failure.

Ensure that some of your heroes and role models are women. Practical steps for men to help feminism. Not sure housework as the first point was a string start to this article.

Certain people don’t know they’re passive aggressive.

$249 for a 3D printer. Mass. Market. Appeal.

“Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM.” Such a great line and one that probably cost their competitors billions over time. It was quoted in the new series Halt and Catch Fire. A show about the early PC industry clone wars. It’s much much better than the awful Silicon Valley show about brogrammers, a show loved by brogrammers who don’t self-identify at all.

Halt and Catch fire

The Old Mill Pond.

RTÉ tenders: Their ad system specs, Saorview goes all IP

June 21st, 2014

Digital Ad System tender from RTÉ

From the tender doc:

RTE.ie … over 130 million monthly page impressions and 4.5 million monthly unique browsers … In 2013, RTE served over 2.5 billion display ad impressions

Each ad serving technology must allows us to create and target ads, and define inventory ad units, without the need to select between web or mobile platforms. The ad serving technology should automatically determine which creative to serve depending on the device that makes the ad call, and the targeting selected at an order line level.

1.2.3 Targeting options
Must include the following:
* Ad Units & Placements
* Custom(usingkey-values)
* Geo & GPS
* Devices
* Connection
* Frequency capping, Labels

Saorview Connected tender.

From the tender:

RTÉ is seeking to evolve the SAORVIEW platform to incorporate open internet IP connectivity, developing a DTT / open internet IP hybrid platform called SAORVIEW Connected. SAORVIEW Connected is a next generation of SAORVIEW and the intention is to offer SAORVIEW consumers with SAORVIEW Connected equipment access to online media players and linear services delivered over the top to complement the existing DTT services.

It is envisaged that SAORVIEW Connected will offer:
(i) A single user interface with a consistent design, look and feel providing access to the DTT and over the top delivered services
(ii) A backwards EPG providing easy click through access to catch-up content from media players

Every business is a failed business

June 19th, 2014

(In which the author quotes his own tweets)

Every business is a failed business if it’s not started. If it only survives a second, a day or a year, it beat the odds, that’s not failure.

See: And? FDIY.

Fluffy Links – Monday June 16th 2014

June 16th, 2014

Brunch options Cork. The definitive list.

The media covered this Employment Tribunal story as one where someone that was on Facebook all day at work couldn’t be fired. Her appeal was upheld because she didn’t have a contract at all, let alone one that told her how to behave at work and there was no social media policy and she wasn’t supplied with company disciplinary procedures. Make your staff sign fair contracts and have policies in place and follow them. Not that difficult. Shocking that a company with 35 employees was doing this.

Draw three circles.

Digital Labour conference in NY.

SWEATSHOPS, PICKET LINES, AND BARRICADES will bring together designers, labor organizers, theorists, social entrepreneurs, historians, legal scholars, independent researchers, cultural producers and perspectives from workers themselves to discuss emerging forms of mutual aid and solidarity.

FDIY. Fucking Do It Yourselves. Journalism grads set up their own paper instead of waiting for a job to come to them. You graduated a year ago and have been looking for a job since? What personal projects have you done over that time? None? Have you volunteered somewhere? No? Wow, I so want to hire you because oh how motivated you are. Set up your own data analytics company, set up your own sales techniques company, volunteer, set up your own service that helps people make up excuses. Fucking DIY. Also see: And?

A better approach for trying to get corporate sponsorship if you’re an NGO. “Because CHARITY” doesn’t cut it anymore.

Pixel art Star Trek game. Yes please.

Fuck Coderdojo and their Billie Barrie school of coding where parents want their pension to appear via pressings on a keyboard. Linus Torvalds says steady on. Seriously, you do realise you are pushing for the net decade’s call centre jobs with this attitude, right?

Jeff Bezos doesn’t say much and his measured utterances are always gold. Signal, not a lot of noise.

Marc Andreessen says a lot, a lot. Including calling Snowden a traitor. Still, some great thoughts and his software will eat the world essay is one of my favourite things ever.

The YouTube Playbook for creators and now the Kickstarter handbook.

We really are poor at budgeting even after a long recession.

Fluffy Links – Monday June 9th 2014

June 9th, 2014

The Social Media Awards happened on Thursday. They were the biggest and best yet with 600+ people packing into the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Rick has some photos. Rick and I are still in shock 3 days later at how amazing it was. Thanks in no small part to Bord Gais Energy getting us a killer venue and putting on a killer “sock walk”.

Easy when you think about it, a lot of thought went into making this easy though. 50 Ways to Get a Job. From all the various stages in a job you might be at.

Beautiful design. Microsoft book welcoming Nokia to the fold.

Free yourself from email. Some handy tips.

Not a real live product yet but these stairs slide things look awesome.

RYOT delivers hard hitting news by hijacking another news story. Take the Kardashian/West wedding, infuse it with other world issues. It comes across as rather shitty to be honest. Let them have their vulgar wedding. Sneer. Here’s a proper? story from them.

Nice way of visually measuring jeans on a website. We really need to move away from the flat way we design retailer websites.

Weh weh, when you’re old and wrinkly your tattoos will look horrible.

Genderize. API that scans first names and figures out the gender.

Lovely photography and free to use for commercial and non-commercial uses.

Hello stories, goodbye ads. Well no, they’re still ads. They’re kind of advertorial really.

ISME 2014 Survey – Baloney from Banks and Govt on lending to SMEs

June 3rd, 2014

ISME Survey. PDF.

  • 52% of companies who applied for funding in the last three months were refused credit by their banks, a slight improvement on the 54% refusal rate, seen in the previous quarter.
  • 32% of respondents had requested additional or new bank facilities in the last 3 months, a reduction from 39% in the previous quarter and lowest demand since June 2011.
  • On average, the decision time has increased to just over 4 weeks and the wait to drawdown has increased from 3 to 5 weeks.
  • 11% of respondents who required bank finance did not apply for various reasons, a decrease from 17% in the previous quarter.
  • Of those 42% were actually discouraged by bank from making application and another 33% were afraid of a reduction in existing facilities.
  • 50% of respondents are customers of their bank for over 20 years, while 85% are over 5 years.
  • Of the 48% approved for funding, only 43% have drawn down the finance either fully or in part.
  • 46% of requests were for term loans, with 34% for overdrafts, or alterations to existing facilities, while invoice discounting/factoring accounted for 5% of requests, with 20% requesting leasing.
  • 60% of respondents had increases in bank charges imposed, while 20% have suffered increased interest.
  • Reductions in overdrafts were demanded of 23% of SMEs, down from 35% in the previous quarter.
  • 71% state that the Government is having either a negative or no impact on SME lending.
  • 74% of owner/managers are in favour of an alternative Strategic Investment Bank.
  • Only 32% of respondents are aware of the code of conduct for business lending to SMEs.