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Innovation or Disruption

I was thinking recently about the differences between innovation and disruption. I realized that the differences are all about context. They are essentially the same thing. Innovation is an internal process. When someone masterminds a better way to undertake a process, let’s say organizing an assembly line, they are innovating. They aren’t disrupting because the … Continue reading

Innovation Isn’t Always Sexy

Typically when I think about innovation I think big, sexy, disruptive. I think Facebook basically. But that is not always the case. Sometimes innovation is more face palm than fireworks, just common sense finally taking over. At my last job I made a self-computing model to score properties for site selection projects. I thought it … Continue reading

My First Stab at Threadless [Failed]

Why Social Media Requires Humor

Humor prevents the general population from melting down into insanity when things go bad. Humor can be our coping mechanism. But, humor is just as important for companies using social media. The two prime candidates for social media faux pas are Chrysler and the Red Cross, with an honorable mention going to Kenneth Cole. Their … Continue reading

Social Media Lesson from Zen #4: Obedience

Like yesterday’s post, I have extracted only a portion of the whole story. 4. Obedience The master Bankei’s talks were attended not only by Zen students but by persons of all ranks and sects. He never quoted sutras nor indulged in scholastic dissertations. Instead, his words were spoken directly from his heart to the hearts … Continue reading

Social Media Lesson from Zen #3: Is That So?

Like yesterday’s post, this passage is a bit long so I have cut it down. 3. Is That So? A beautiful Japanese girl whose parents owned a food store lived near [Hakuin, Zen master]. Suddenly, without any warning, her parents discovered she was with child. This made her parents angry. She would not confess who … Continue reading

Social Media Lesson from Zen #2: Finding a Diamond on a Muddy Road

Due to the length of this story I have only included a section below. 2. Finding a Diamond on a Muddy Road   Gudo smiled. “Everything in this life is impermanent,” he explained. “Life is very brief. If you keep on gambling and drinking, you will have no time left to accomplish anything else, and … Continue reading

Sunday Morning Quote: Claude C. Hopkins

One cannot long fool people who are carefully spending money. Never pay the price to get them unless you see clearly how you can keep them. Don’t under-estimate the intelligence and the information of people who count their pennies. -Claude C. Hopkins