Another inspiring piece, that comes via a friend and amazing business woman, Kae Erickson.
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Kudos to Kae and her team at NCOMPASS for winning the EX Grand Prize Award for thier work on the Call To Duty Actviation.
Here's what a great culture, crazy collaboration and over the top creativity/imagination can do.
Results from the event:
- Generated $775 million in sales in 5 days
- 40% increase in sales from the two weeks prior to the event
- 32.2 billion impressions
- $25 million in earned media
- Ranks as the second most viewed live streamed event in history.
The most powerful message, and something that I have argued against for at least a decade, is the warning against the systematic separation of people along ecomonic lines as a result of increasng commercialization.
Michael Sandel writes:
"When we outsource war to private militar contractors, and when we have spearate, shorter lines for aiport security for those who can afford them, the result is that the affluent and those of modest means live increasignly spearate lives, and the class-mixining institutions and public spaces that forge a common experience and shared citezenship get eroded."
What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets is a must read for all socially minded entreprenuers.
Here is great piece about our recent Maniacal Business attack (MBA) in Miami. Myk Likhov does a superb job of articulating how we unlock the potential of businesses, and the people within them.
Here's a portion of MLK's last speech. So powerful.
A few incredibly inspiring and powerful words that come from C.K. Prahalad's address to the class of 2009 Acumen Fellows.
"The following is something that I tell all of my students.
Go with humility. Poor people know more about life than you'll ever know.
They suffer, they don't lose faith in themselves and their faith.
So there is a lot more to learn, and therefore,
Pretending that you are educated, is different than having wisdom that comes from long historical suffering.
So, If you can keep that in mind we can create a new world.
Our job is to follow the future, and not to extrapolate the past.
We have to image the future!"
Here's an intersting article that more or less debunks popular myth about the role of top teams.
Think of the top teams you’ve known that have had the greatest impact. Did their value come from the meetings they conducted and the decisions they made together? Or did it derive from something else? In most companies, the phrase top team is a misnomer. Senior executives throughout the company may clamor for a seat on the leadership committee because that is where the key strategic decisions are supposedly made. But in actuality, the group rarely conducts its work in unison, as a deliberative body or a source of command. Instead, its power comes from its members’ informal and social networks, their determination to make the most of those connections, and their ability to work well in subgroups formed to address specific issues. The most effective top teams are those that recognize this reality and explicitly set themselves up to function as the senior hub of the enterprise.
For the full article, click here.
A couple of months ago I doled out some hard earned cash to purchase a couple of pairs of Nike's. "Why not, they look pretty cool," I said to myself. The truth of the matter is that I was well aware of the controversy regarding Nike factory conditions from a while back, but had not done my research to know if the corporation had done anything to correct the problems. And yes, I wrestled with whether or not I should buy the shoes at all.
Fortunately there were enough POS materials for me to justify my vanity, and feel good that at least the kicks I'd be wearing were not all that bad for people and the planet.
Then I got home, and started reading about the design of the shoes, and Nike's committiment to doing some good. For those of you who claim to be a player in the sustainablily world, Nike's thrown down the gauntlet.
Here's a link to Nike's CR Report for the years 2007-2009.
Now, I know someone out there is going to toss some study in my face and retort with 101 reasons why I should burn in hell for buying Nike shoes, and openly endorsing the company.
We'll, if I am going to burn at the hand of some dude in a red suit with horns, I'd rather do so while applauding a company that is doing something, rather than hold out for the non-existent poster child of sustainability.
What does it mean to be part of a world with 7 billion people and climbing?
What am I responsbile for, and to who am I accountable?
Maybe a more appropriate question is "where does my obligation stop?"
Making a difference begins and ends with the quality of human interaction.
Everything in between are simply forms we can choose to use depending on the desired result.
For some that might be the form of business, art, or medicine.
If the quality of human interaction that leads into the active creation of a form is polluted, the form will reflect that.
When a form gets polluted, the ending, or concluding, human interaction will be of the same nature.
Making a difference has nothing to do with "what you do."
Making a difference lives within each and every human interaction.
This man changed my life.
In 1989 Josh Freese referred me to Roy Burns, drummer and teacher extraordinaire.
At that time in my life, I was a young guy with a passion for music, drums and performance.
Roy taught me, trained me and molded me into not only a decent musician, but a decent human being too.
As he used to say "your drumming is an expression of who you are, why not make that good!"
As a result of his mastery, I was working professional after 2 years of study, travled the world and went on to have a great career as a musician.
When I was with Roy, it was never about him, and always about me.
How do I know?
Well, It's been 22 years since I studied with him, and he just called, like he does every year, to ask how I was doing.
Roy is 76 now, and I can hear the age in his voice.
Time is short and passes swiftly, so in honor of Roy I share this video.
It starts slow, but around the 4 minute mark, you'll understand why the best of the best call him "teacher."
Fast food or not, this is a first step to opening the door to bigger changes in the way business is done.
Just love this quote:
Traditional businesses focus on “what is,” and strap “what could be” into the kiddie seat. - Marty Neumeier
Here's a couple of quotes that have inspired me this week,
"Change what's in the room, change the world. There is no such thing as a problem out there."
"If you want to go fast, do it alone. If you want it to last, do it together."