“I have not been at the forefront of this issue, I have not led any legislation or debate that relates to it, nor have I really done sufficient research when I voted on issues like this in the past. In fact, there were a few times I vigorously opposed it.”
Discerning between the positive potential of novelty and the dangerous traps of fashion is tricky. There’s no formula for maintaining the necessary vigilance.
Years ago, I posted a simple and practical article about gearing up for a big project, called The Big Fat List (I think it was this blog’s second post!). A lot of people loved it, and most of the feedback was about the surprising power […]
My background is in graphic design, and I’m passionate about communication in all its forms, from surrealistic poetry to the social media tsunami. This passion expresses itself as a fierce drilling into the essence of a company’s culture, message and vision. As a result, I’m able to understand and express a brand in broader terms—where […]
Everyone seems to be reminding us to Dream Big.
I want to make sure these things are clear:
You don’t need to dream of Big Things, like Huge Projects, a Big Business, a Big House, or sales of a Kajillion Widgets. You can. I’m just clarifying that this is not what’s meant.
You need […]
Bringing ideas to life is now my #2 high.
Helping others feel that feeling has become #1.
With my most recent volunteer creative project, I’d say a close third is learning that the project giftee has reaped profound meaning and sustenance from the gift (which happened, and it was heart-melting). However, keeping in mind […]
This summer, I designed and directed a mural project for Saturn Elementary, a Los Angeles city school.
The plus side of committees is that everyone brings a different perspective, and different strengths, to the table. One of their infamous minuses—the bottleneck (sometimes known as pea soup or the black hole)—becomes exponentially aggravating for each person you add to the group (not to mention those that show up near the end of the […]
It’s easy to stay focused on the objectives of a 6-to-8 week project. For example, a current site redesign includes objectives for building revenue from specific sources and strengthening the current community. It’s those 6+ month projects that can drag the team’s attention away… to things like checking off the task list, interruptions for smaller […]
The best part is the silent moments as interviewees search for words—vulnerable, human faces. I showed this to my son, and would like you to see it, too.
After I posted this note, I happened to rediscover Only Human (site now defunct), “a community where people share stories publicly or anonymously about mistakes they’ve […]
To inspire great design, don’t teach design processes. A fixed set of design steps is more likely to stifle the unexpected bursts of breakthrough insight that newer designers can contribute to a project.
Instead, consider offering design challenges that help them discover and develop their own processes.
Here are some challenge ideas (always starting with […]
Forget about “keeping up”.
It’s not fun, and it wastes an enormous amount of time and energy you could pour into dreaming up new stuff.
Just keep following your passion, and use the tools you need to make it happen.
So why do you manage projects, anyway? Derry Simmel cuts to the chase in his article, Cargo Cult Project Management.
I love articles like this: articles that remind us to focus, not on the trappings of project management, but on the desired outcome. As […]
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