Want To Learn About Wallapop

Want To Learn About Wallapop

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In September 2014, I was with my girlfriend and we were walking on the street when she told me about a new mobile application that all of her friends on Facebook were using called, Wallapop.

I suppose that anything that has to do with Facebook I generally tune out because I am not a big Facebook user.

While walking we ran into a mutual friend who again told me about this great new mobile application called, Wallapop.

Once again, I really didn’t pay any attention.

It took me nearly one year later to actually check out this thing called Wallapop. Wallapop is based in Barcelona, Spain and it is essentially a mobile flea-market.

In October 2015, my girlfriend had just returned from visiting her family abroad and she had some luggage that she wanted to just throw out, because it got slightly damaged during the trip and in our new flat we really didn’t have any space for the two over sized pieces of luggage.

I am not sure what made me think of that mobile app, one year later but I did.

I said, “Don’t throw that out, what was the name of the application you were talking about to buy and sell things?”

It was super easy to use, I just downloaded the app, and linked it to, you guessed it, my Facebook account, and I was up and running.

I took your pictures. And placed two really simple ads:

Green Luggage:

An almost new luggage used only once. Is in good condition. Bought for 25€ in June 2015.

Pink Luggage:

An almost new luggage used only once. Is in good condition. Bought for 25€ in June 2015.

That was it.

Within a day I had sold both pieces of luggage for a total of 21€.

What I really love about Wallapop, is that I didn’t have to mail anything, link my Paypal account, load the luggage in my non-existent car. The buyers come to your house and pay in cash.

It’s like a virtual garage sale without the Penny Saver Ads or signs to to be posted to attract people to your house.

The app allows buyers and sellers to see products and sellers within a mile of your house. As you scroll down the ads, the distance from your house increases.

It’s absolutely brilliant.

And as I mentioned before you don’t have to do anything.

I have bought and sold on eBay and online and its not as streamline and super easy as Wallapop.

Best of all you can sell all that stuff in your house that you don’t use and that is just taking up space and convert it into cash. Its like a virtual garage sale meets pawn shop meets ebay all in one.

We recently moved into a new flat, and it was semi-furnished.

So I have decided to use the money from the sale of unused stuff in our house and use the money to buy the necessary furniture we need.

I sold a desk lamp for 15€ and bought a semi new Ikea dresser for 18€, the dresser cost us 3€. And the seller delivered the dresser to our front door, literally.

The other day my girlfriend found a mini end table for 8 euros, I was able to barter the price to 6 euros, and they delivered it to our house free of charge. When I saw the table it was all wrapped up in Ikea packing tape, it had never even been used.

Our new flat was furnished with full size futon bed, dining room table and chairs, two dressers, one large Wardrobe closet, a new standing lamp, a television table, a night stand, a shoe closet, and bookcase, all for 250 euros.

I seriously believed that applications like Wallapop are the future especially in this day and age of a fast and furious world economy that is constantly changing. Wallapop and other like minded mobile applications allows people to trade, buy and sell goods and services from people local in their area that is super simple and where your don’t have to ship anything or are charged a commission.

As an advent fan of eBay, Amazon, Fiverr, I can honestly say that Wallapop has a distinct advantage. It is catering to a need that the others are not.

Interview Exclusive with the Father of Data Warehouse, Bill Inmon

Interview Exclusive with the Father of Data Warehouse, Bill Inmon

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Bill Inmon is the founder of Forest Rim Technology, and most notably he is recognized as the father of data warehousing. He is creator of the Corporate Information Factory and more recently, creator of the Government Information Factory. With over 35 years of experience in database technology management and data warehouse design, he has been a keynote speaker for many major computing association and many industry conferences, seminars, and trade-shows.

I spoke with Bill, to learn more about his past, what he currently thinks of things such as “Big Data” and what the future may hold.

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Bill Inmon, Forest Rim Technology

Bill Inmon, world-renowned expert, speaker and author on data warehousing, is widely recognized as the “Father of Data Warehousing.” He was also voted as “One of the Ten IT People Who Mattered in the the Past Forty Years” by the Computer World Magazine’s July 2007 issue. His company Forest Rim Technology, and is a pioneer in creating a software technology known as TextualETL™.

TextualETL™ uses textual disambiguation© which is a proprietary software process that reads narrative text and edits that text into a standard database format so that analytical processing can be done on the text

 

Want To Learn About The Original iTunes Idea?

Want To Learn About The Original iTunes Idea?

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I am currently reading’ “The Virgin Way”, by Richard Branson. This is an excellent book on the life and escapades of the fun and adventurous billionaire. In the book, Branson tells the story of a practical joke he played on April 1, 1986, where he announced that his company would be launching a new revolutionary service whereby he has developed a supercomputer and recorded just about every song onto this supercomputer, and would be effectively charging a small monthly  fee to users to access and download the songs of their liking. He called the service, Music Box, and brilliantly timed the announcement with an interview the day before, with the UK’s biggest music trade magazine, Music Week .

“I told them that for years Virgin had been secretly developing a giant computer, on which we had stored every music track we could lay our hands on. This revolutionary device would be called Music Box, and music lovers would be able to use it as a source from which, for a small fee, they could download any individual song or album they wanted,” Branson writes in his book. Customers would access these songs through their cable boxes.

The Music Week’s lead story read “Branson’s Bombshell: The End of the Industry” and as with just about everything the Branson does, he received tons of press and many of the music industry competitors called him directly to plead for him not to launch the service.

He later told the press after noon the following day (April 1, 1986) that it was all a hoax, and just an April fool’s prank.

However, there was one person that was especially interested in his prank/idea, Steve Jobs, from Apple.

“It was many years later when I ran into Steve Jobs at some event or another that he told me that he too had read the bogus Music Box story and had been utterly taken in by it,” he writes. “At the time he had just been edged out of Apple and founded NeXT, but he said he’d never forgotten my spoof and at the time thought that, joke or no joke, there was definitely something to be said for our Music Box idea.”

No one will ever know if this April Fool’s prank truly was the impetus for the iTunes store, but it certainly does make you think.

Want To Learn About Business Plan Matters?

Want To Learn About Business Plan Matters?

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Growing up I often heard the saying, “if you fail to plan then you are planning to fail.” Although this adage is a bit trite and over used, there is some degree of truth to it. The funny thing in hearing this was that it often provided me with no clear plan and I was left to venture off on my own.

At the time, I had read a lot of books on the philosophy of business in an attempt to understand the business planning process. Many of the books I read professed the extraordinary impact a business plan can have for any aspiring entrepreneur. As I continued my reading, I kept hearing one main theme.

Those who write business plans tap into their creative resources rather than tapping into their wallet or checkbook. As an aspiring and struggling entrepreneur, I could relate to the notion of making mistakes on paper rather than in real life. I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m always up for a challenging adventure especially in business. I also realize that there is a rather significant difference between a challenging business adventure and one that has a high probability of leading to business suicide.

This article explores the principles of business planning and how these can be applied quickly and easily so that all your business adventures have a higher probability of success.

 

If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan.
And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.

-Jim Rohn

 

A merry-go-round of fun

Have you ever been to an amusement park or fairground and seen the children and sometimes adults riding on the merry-go-round? Those riding on the merry-go-round are typically perched atop a wooden horse riding in the saddle of these miniature stallions as each rider and his horse individually go up and down on a revolving platform. The merry-go-round goes around and around but really never gets anywhere.

The merry-go-round is a terrific metaphor in describing how some people can get caught up in the natural ebb and flow of life that they may be oblivious to the fact that they are on a revolving platform. In essence they are caught up in their own merry-go-round.

 You know we put some of the valuable things on the higher shelves so you can’t get to them until you qualify.
In order to reach the things on the higher shelves you have got to stand on top of the books you have read.
Every book you read allows you to stand a little higher.
-Jim Rohn

 

I challenge you to take a proactive approach in your business. I also urge you to distinguish and isolate the busyness from the business. It’s so easy for all of us to get caught up in the busyness of running our business. When you begin to take a proactive approach, the things you thought were impossible become possible. The dreams of the past transform to realities of a successful and thriving future. Your business emerges out of the challenges and obstacles to become one that positively grows and contributes. The first step begins with creating a plan.

It’s funny, when I mention the idea of creating a business plan many business owners cringe at the thought. This is one of the funny ironies of business. It’s sort of like they know what to do they just don’t do what they know. I certainly can’t help you get motivated in writing the business plan. What I will do is repeat what I stated earlier, that those who write business plans tap into their creative resources rather than tapping into their wallet or checkbook. If you are one of those rare start-up businesses that has unlimited cash flow and believes planning is an unnecessary step toward the success of your business.

Great so now what

Fantastic, so now you have your books in order and hopefully ordered, where do you go from here? Funny you should ask. Considering that this chapter is about creating a business plan I’m going to share with you some tips and resources to help expedite the process.

The single most important suggestion that I can recommend is to create a mission statement for who you are as a person. The mission statement is a reflection of your values and beliefs. It is simple and to the point. Most mission statements are one sentence in length. The mission statement isn’t something to memorize and continually go to once you’ve forgotten it. The mission statement is something that resonates to the core of who you are as a person. Consider your mission statement to be your definition of what it is to be successful.

Nothing can withstand the power of the human will if it is willing to stake its very existence to the extent of its purpose.
-Benjamin Disraeli

Sometimes coming up with a mission statement is not immediate. When it comes to creating a mission statement, being patient is definitely the call to order. The mission statement is generally effortless. One fun exercise that I enjoy doing in helping guide others toward their mission statement is mind mapping.

Mind mapping is a graphical representation of your thoughts and ideas. In mind mapping, thoughts and ideas are presented in a multi-linear fashion. Traditional note taking utilizes a linear top down and left to right approach. Mind mapping is more of a global approach.

Another fun exercise in helping you to create your mission statement is to take a “survey”. What I mean by survey is that you take stock of all that surrounds you either on your own or through the eyes of a friend.
For example, several months before I began writing this book I was at a crossroads. I was managing several business projects at the time and I wasn’t really enthusiastic about any of the projects I was working on. I thought I had come to the proverbial fork in the
road. It wasn’t until I spoke with a good friend, that I began to realize that it wasn’t a matter of deciding which road to take. It was a matter of realizing that I was already on the path that was right for me.

Take a look around you. What are the more recent books in your library? Chances are good that what you’re reading is probably what you are most passionate about. Where do you spend most of your free time? The manner in which you divide your day and spend the currency known as time can provide some insight into the things you enjoy most.

Business Plan Tips:

There are eight essential elements in creating your business plan:

1. Mission – what’s the values and beliefs of your business?

2. Vision – what’s the future for your business?

3. Executive summary – what’s your business model that includes your vision, mission, management team, target market, marketing plan, operations, and financials in three pages are less?

4. Management team – who are the key players on your team and what are the roles and responsibilities?

5. Target market – who’s your ideal customer?

6. Marketing plan – how do you plan on going about attracting customers.

7. Operations – what are the details of running your business daily?

8. Financials – how much money is required to start your business and can your business be financially profitable?

A renaissance business

It was said that the great Leonardo Da Vinci would often write stories and take notes about paintings before they were even created. The stories and notes were said to be reflections of his mind. They served as a sort of blueprint or plan for the paintings that lived in his imagination.

Our imagination is the only limit
to what we can hope to have in the future.
-Charles F. Kettering

Creating a business plan can truly make a world of difference in determining to a large degree whether you’re promising venture will become wildly successful or fail miserably. Ultimately the choice is yours.

This chapter explored the importance of creating a business plan. The intention of a plan is to provide a type of blueprint for your business concept. A proper plan can help build a concrete framework and foundation from an abstract idea. Imagine yourself as an architect and that your assignment is to build the greatest masterpiece of your life.

Part of the assignment is to take those creative ideas that live inside you and transform them into reality. As an architect you might choose one of two options. The first option might be to simply build as you go without a plan to guide you. The second option might be to create an architectural blueprint thus allowing you to make any potential mistakes/changes on paper and providing you a written plan for your
achievement.

Now of course I cannot make the decision as to which option you choose. I am not Monty Hall and this is not Let’s Make a Deal. There is no prize behind door number one nor is there a prize behind door number two; in fact there are no doors, only windows of opportunity.

It’s up to you to make a choice. As we begin our journey on the road to business success we can eliminate blind spots and navigate around unsavory road conditions through the use of scenarios. Our judgement is no longer impaired and we can drive responsibly yielding to oncoming traffic or passing others by.

Want To Learn The 3 Secrets To Solving Any Problem?

Want To Learn The 3 Secrets To Solving Any Problem?

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Let’s face it problems seem to be piling up, wouldn’t it be nice to have some sort of system that works to solving problems. Well there is such a system, and rest assured it’s super simple.

I first learned this from my mentor Ken Lipton. He was a Senior Analyst for companies like GM and 3M.

It was the summer of 1997, and I was at my first job working as a technical business analyst/data analyst for a REO foreclosure subsidiary of GMAC.

I met Ken, as he was pulled out of retirement to come and consult with our division, to help the analyst such as myself, to basically become better analysts.

I learned a ton from Ken, and one of the many things I learned was how to analyze and dissect a problem.

We sat over dinner one evening, and he shared with me the three step strategy he employed to  help him become a top notch analyst.

There are three steps or questions one must ask:

1) Is it a real problem or issue? (Meaning, can you identify a true problem or can you poke holes at it.)

2) Is it winnable? (If you choose to take on this problem and find a solution and actually succeed/win)

3) Is it worth it? (Does it even make sense to take on this problem or issue in the first place, meaning is there a real purpose?)

Let’s go over each in more detail.

1) Is it Real?

When taking on a problem or issue, you must first identify if the supposed “problem” is in fact a real issue that is worthy of your concentrated focus, time and effort. I mentioned earlier, can you poke hole into it, what I mean by this is, is it really a problem? Many of our so called problems are not really problems they are just complaints. If something poses a problem and you cannot see any viable way to see a resolution as the final outcome, then it is just whining. A problem has a solution. Another way to poke a hole is test whether this problem will really matter in 3-5 years. Ask yourself, is this so called problem that I am experiencing really going to even matter 1 year from now? 2 years from now? And so on. If the answer is no then move on.

2) Is it winnable?

Look this should go without saying, but I will explain it anyways. If you can’t succeed in trying to solve the problem, dilemma, issue, challenge or whatever nice little monicker you wist to label it, then it makes no sense in tackling the issue in the first place. You are just wasting your time, and possible the time, energy and money of those around you that have a vested interest in your success. If you can’t succeed in solving it, don’t even try. You have to see it through the whole way. And success is the end result.

3) Is it worth it?

This is by and far the most important question and although it is the last and final question, in no way is it meant to take away from it’s importance. You may find that you have identified an honest to good problem, and that you can actually succeed in resolving it, but if in the end it’s not worth it, then you might want to consider not trying at all. What I mean to say by, “Is it worth it?” is that, is this something that deserves to solved? If in the end you solve it and come up with a spectacular answer, what is the end goal? You don’t want to just solve problems for the sake of solving them without an end in mind. It has to fit in with the overall big picture. And only you know what that is. Does solving whatever it is you are about to solve move you in the direction you wish to be going?

In conclusion, these are three relatively simple and easy to use questions that have helped me time and time again to analyze and solve problems both personally and professionally.

 

Want To Learn The 9 Secret Intelligences Of Man?

Want To Learn The 9 Secret Intelligences Of Man?

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Many of you might be familiar with the right and left hemispheres of the brain. You have probably even heard people describe themselves in terms of being  “right-brained” or “left-brained.” Typically each party claiming to be either creative “right brained” or logical “left brained”

What has not been widely promoted is that there are more than just this two party system. There are in fact, according to Howard Gardner, 9 multiple intelligences, that each of us may fall under.

I found this theory quite illuminating and somewhat a relief, because, deep down, my own anecdotal evidence suggested that the modern industrial school system that the vast majority of us went through did not provide the full picture of what life had to offer.

In 1983, Dr. Howard Gardner, professor of education at Harvard University, wrote a book entitled, Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Dr Gardner suggests that the traditional notion of intelligence, based on I.Q. testing, is far too limited. Instead, Dr.

Gardner originally proposed eight different intelligences and later a ninth intelligence, to account for a broader range of human potential in children and adults.

These intelligences are:

1. Linguistic intelligence (word smart – Shakespeare, Maya Angelou, Amy Tan)

2. Logical-mathematical intelligence (number/reasoning smart – Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Isaac Newton)

3. Visual-Spatial intelligence (picture smart – Ansel Adams, Amelia Earhart, Frieda Kahlo)

4. Bodily-Kinesthetic intelligence (body smart – Michael Jordan, Bob Vila, Michele Kwan)

5. Musical intelligence (music smart – Mozart, Elton John, Billie Holiday)

6. Interpersonal intelligence (people smart- Mahatma Gandhi, Cesar Chavez, Jaime Escalante)

7. Intrapersonal intelligence (self smart – Sigmund Freud, Jesse Jackson, Bill

8. Naturalist intelligence (nature smart- Charles Darwin, Jane Goodall, John Muir)

9. Existential: (spiritual smart -Socrates, Buddha, Jesus Christ, Wayne Dyer, St. Augustine)

According to the respected Multiple Intelligences Theory pioneered by Harvard professor Howard Gardner, there are a variety of intrinsic approaches and skills we use to perceive, understand, and shape our world – in other words, several different kinds of intelligence. We each possess different intelligences, or different combinations of them, that affect how we learn.

If a man does not keep pace with his companions

One of the greatest things about Gardner’s theory, was that it was and is extremely empowering and comforting in knowing that “intelligence” is not just for the bean counters, computer whizzes, or artists. There are a host of other options that can fall under the category of “genius”. Now the trick is to find those things that you are great at and that come naturally to you to do, and see which of these 9 intelligences you fall under.

The beauty is that you can have multiple intelligences, and not fall for the social conditioning trap that says you are either really creative or really logical.

From my own experience, having this knowledge has been extremely helpful when working with others. For example, when I am conducting a training workshop, I  often combine this theory with whether the person(s) are dominant in visual, auditory, or kinesthetic. Invariably, I can just watch and pay attention to the words and body gestures of my audience to better understand whether they are actually following along.

I balance that with knowing that each of us has our own preferred way of learning and being in the world, and that we all can’t be just right or left brained.

 

 

Want To Fix A Bad Reputation?

Want To Fix A Bad Reputation?

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The other day I received an email from a partner asking me if I could help one of his clients and clean up their online reputation.

Having somewhat proficient experience in managing and cleaning up online presences I agreed to help.

Your online reputation can be the difference between customers knocking down your door for your business or quite the opposite, where potential prospects are fleeing for the hills in the other direction.

The purpose of this article is to help those who are in desperate need of improving their online reputation. If you are not convinced that your reputation or also know as sentiment is not important than it’s just a matter of time before you begin to see your competition getting all the attention and sales.

With all the technology out there is ridiculously easy to check out any business and do some recon. Just think back to when the last time you bought something online. Did you just blindly buy whatever it was you were looking for? Or did you read some of the reviews and comments? Did you do some quick research albeit on price and or features?

We all do. It’s only common sense to do a bit of fact finding before you buy anything.

For those wanting to improve their online reputation, I have some steps you can follow.

I will begin with three easy steps and then cover 10 more detailed things you can do to improve your reputation:

The three steps are:

Step 1.
You will want to get on local the more popular review sites and create profiles, if you have not Some of the more frequently visited review sites such as Yelp,  Google Places,  Yahoo Local Listings, Citysearch, Facebook, Merchant Circle, Foursquare, Insider Pages, Angie’s List, and Local.com

It’s pretty simple but sometimes those things that are easy to do are often overlooked. If you want to build your online reputation you need to be online, which means you need to have a presence in the more popular review sites or review sites that are related to your specific niche.

Step 2.
You will want to have some automated way to monitor all these sites, in order to notify you every time you get a positive or negative review.

With technology nowadays it’s pretty easy to monitor all the positive and negative sentiment that is being said about your business.

There are FREE versions of the paid service providers that can provide you all the social media monitoring in one easy to find place as well as offer alerts to your mobile phone and or email.

Here are just a  few:

1) Hootsuite
2) Social Mention
3) Ice Rocket
4) Google Alerts
5) Google Analytics
6) Facebook Insights
7) Tweet Deck
8) Topsy
9) How Socialable

In this step it is super important to begin to carefully monitor all the sentiment about your business and begin to create new positive sentiment by working with Blogger, Twitter, Facebook leaders in your niche. You want to create a positive buzz around your business. Even something as easy as posting answers on Yahoo Answers can provide fantastic credibility to you and your reputation.

Step 3.
Once you build up that reputation you will want to market it on Facebook, a) text review b) image reviews like Pinterest, Photobucket c) video reviews/commercials, YouTube the second most searched site on the web.

Being good at what you do is one thing, but being good at marketing what you do is a whole other story.

You want to publicize your successes and of course mitigate any not so flattering reviews or testimonials.

10 More Detailed Things You Can Do To Improve Your Online Reputation

In addition to these 3 simple steps, there are 10 additional tips that will help you and your reputation management:

1) Organic Search Results

You want to own the first page Google results. Being on the first page of Google, of course can add tremendous value to your online reputation, Moreover, promoting you business on LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube can provide added value that will go a long way to your brand. Another great tool are using press releases for any new launches, partnerships, offers, or management changes.

2) Get In The Game & Be Social

Be social and own profiles on the more popular sites like: Twitter, Facebook, Google plus, YouTube, will help dramatically to improve your presence online. A side benefit is that of these social media profiles will rank high on the search engines and as a result get you to the top of the organic search.

3) Your Own Website or Guest Blog

Creating a unique website, blog, or just your own personal website can do wonders for your online reputation. It’s a good rule of thumb to own two or three sites whereas you can control the positive sentiment. In addition, blogging as a guest blog, is also a quick way to create positive buzz.

4) Press Release

With the advent of popular online press release distribution  sites such as: PRWeb or PRNewswire can help you tremendously to get your press release into the hands of some well known authority sites. You want to make sure that you use your name and or company name.

5) Solicit Feedback

It’s always a good idea to get feedback from your customers, partners, vendors, resellers, or anyone that you do business with. Try to encourage reviews, get feedback and reviews from satisfied customers to write a review/testimonies, and post them on site such as: Yelp, Citysearch, Google, Glassdoor.

6) Don’t Argue

Probably the worst thing you can do is to argue or debate on forums. Don’t rebut or debate, instead take discussion to your site or customer service site on your own site. If you defend it comes across as a negative. Take the conversation to somewhere less public and where you have more control to manage the sentiment.

7) Video, Video & More Video

With the exception of those that have limited internet bandwidth, pretty much the majority of the planet is crazy about videos, so it makes sense to be on sites like Youtube and Vimeo. Also,  creating  slideshows into videos and or doing some sort of training video or testimony with title with name of company, URL link or related search term can also make a huge positive difference toward building that online reputation.

8) Press Media

One of the best forms of creating positive buzz is of course getting published in one of the top trade or mainstream news outlets. This does take some assistance as not everyone has connections in the press media industry. Luckily for us mere mortals there are site like Help a Reporter Out, which can get you publicized and interviewed by journalists, and best of all its FREE.

9) Website Design

With the new changes to the big search engines, it seems that they are now focusing less on back-links and SEO and more on the user experience and most importantly whether or not the visitor that comes to your site via a search request gets exactly what they are looking for. The search engines can measure this by things such as bounce back ratio. That’s why it makes sense to have a responsive website that loads quickly and that is easy to navigate.

10) Be active

You want to be active in online forums like Yahoo answers . Slideshare for slideshows and answers to LinkedIn. The more active you and the more you actually help others, the more you can indirectly or directly benefit. It’s the old adage, “You can everything in the world you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”

 

 

 

 

Want To Learn The Secrets To Leadership

Want To Learn The Secrets To Leadership

Inspiration

I am reading 11 Rings, by Phil Jackson.

This book is by and far one of the most excellent books on leadership that I have read.

Think about it, Coach Phil Jackson, with 11 NBA Championship rings, who coached the likes of Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Kobe Bryant, and Shaquille  O’Neal, gives his take on what it took to actually lead some of the greatest basketball players.

Let’s not forget those are some pretty big name players, and to get players of those caliber to come together as a team is quite an undertaking, for which Jackson did a pretty good job.

What I most like about this book is its reference to Tribal Leadership, by Dave Logan, John King, Halee Fischer-Wright.

This was the first time that I had ever heard of this type of thinking with regards to leadership. In the book, Logan, King and Fischer-Wright state that there are 5 stages to leadership and that in order to be a truly successful “tribe”, one needs to get to stage 5.

Tribes can be thought of as an group of people coming together and sharing in some common event, subject, theme, or job. A “tribe” is loosely defined simply as a group of people.

For tribes to advance in their evolution, they need to move past negative or ego driven agendas toward those of group/community focused or life is great mentalities.

Here are the 5 stages:

STAGE 1 — (Despairing Hostility) shared by most street gangs and characterized by despair, hostility, and the collective belief that “life sucks.”  2% of the population are at this stage.

STAGE 2 — (Apathetic Victim)  filled primarily with apathetic people who perceive themselves as victims and who are passively antagonistic, with the mind-set that “my life sucks.” Think The Office on TV or the Dilbert comic strip. 25% of the population are at this stage.

STAGE 3 — (Lone Warrior) focused primarily on individual achievement and driven by the motto “I’m great (and you’re not).” According to the authors, people in organizations at this stage “have to win, and for them winning is personal. They’ll outwork and out-think their competitors on an individual basis. The mood that results is a collection of “lone warriors.” 48% of the population are at this stage.

STAGE 4 — (Tribal Pride) dedicated to tribal pride and the overriding conviction that “we’re great (and they’re not).” This kind of team requires a strong adversary, and the bigger the foe, the more powerful the tribe. 22% of the population are at this stage.

STAGE 5 — (Innocent Wonderment) a rare stage characterized by a sense of innocent wonder and the strong belief that “life is great.” (See Bulls, Chicago, 1995–98.)  2% of the population are at this stage.

The job of any leader is to be fluent in all five stages and to recognize where their “tribe” is currently at. It may be that the collective consciousness of the group does match each individual. For example, you may have a sprinkling of Stage 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 people in your tribe, but the overall majority of them are in one Stage or another.

Another important point worth noting is that members in your tribe can oftentimes  only hear and understand one level above and below from where they currently are. Thus the reason leaders need to be fluent in all five stages.

Moving your members of your tribe throughout the different stages is what I believe true leadership is all about.

And this notion of tribal leadership can be extrapolated to just about any area of life, not just work related, but family as well. For a family is also a tribe.

I am personally using this both professionally and personally to grow and enhance all the various tribes that exist in my life.

The old adage, your attitude determines your altitude, surely applies when it comes to this idea of tribal leadership. The more I focus on, Life is Great, and service to others, the more the tribes in my life begin to positively grow.

Here is a great TED Talk Video, by Dave Logan, one of the authors of the book, Tribal Leadership: (
Time 16:37 minutes)

 

Small Business With Divergent Thinking

Small Business With Divergent Thinking

From the Author

Building a small business can be tough work.

Anyone that tells you otherwise is straight out lying.

What I have come to learn is that there are fundamentally four major areas in ay business, regardless of their size:

1) Sales & Marketing
2) Operations (Includes: logistics, legal, human resources, office management)
3) Accounting & Finance
4) Research & Development

When it comes to managing and staying on top of these four areas, it can require a bit of balance work.

One of the tools that has helped me is learning divergently think about the areas of my business.

What I mean by divergent thinking, is to look at any and all possible avenues for various solutions to a single problem.

This term, divergent thinking, was made popular in a Ted Talk by Sir Ken Robinson, here is the video (Time: 11:40 minutes):

Essentially, its using our creativity to think about a problem and hence come up with a multitude of options that we otherwise would not have thought of given the traditional convergent think process for solving problems.

One way I use divergent thinking to help me is by finding a way to multitask projects. One perfect way I was able to accomplish this was with a fantastic site called Fiverr.

This is site can provide help in just about any area of your business, from  Graphics & Design to Programming. I absolutely love  Fiverr.

For example, I had a telephone interview that I recently did, and that I wanted to use as a future blog post. The audio was horrible. The audio recording was sound tinny, with an echo, and the volume was extremely low. Basically, it was a pretty bad recording. And any chance of using this audio for public consumption was out of the question.

I didn’t want to scrap the audio entirely as the guest was someone that I admired and that was quite well known (they even made a movie about his life) so I opted to contract someone on Fiverr to clean up the audio and make it louder.

Here is the exact email I sent to 4  random sound engineers on Fiverr:

“Hi there I have a 20 minute audio interview what would you charge to clean this up and make it louder? Attached is the interview.”

As the email describes, I attached the audio file, and eagerly awaited for a reply, which literally came the same day, and within less than a few hours.

Here are the following replies I got back:

Sound Engineer #1

Hi there!

That would be just $5!

Thanks for the interest.

Chris.

Sound Engineer #2

Hi! Thanks for getting in touch. I won’t be able to remove the “phone” affect but I can certainly make it louder and more bright for you. For audio this length I charge $30. I’ll send you a custom offer now which you just have to accept and the gig is underway! Many thanks, James.

Sound Engineer #3

Yea sure, do drop in a order and I can clean it up for you 🙂 You can pass me any format

Sound Engineer #4

I can get this sounding nice for 25 dollars, by bring up the volume and reducing background noise as well any pops and clicks through out the recording. And just get a nice even sound across the whole interview making it sound professional.

and I can have this done within 2 days

Thanks

Shawn

I decided to try my luck with the first sound engineer. I figured what’s the worse that could happen? I’m out $5.

The audio file was sent back in two days, and it was like night and day. The audio recording was crisp and clear, and louder than before. I was truly impressed. And it only cost me $5.

This is is an example of divergent thinking. Or what many in the past have called thinking out of the box.

Of course, Fiverr is just one example, but nowadays there are many ways to get something done and on the cheap. Think divergently about it, and I am certain you will find a ton more options to get things done.

 

Want To See What The Other Person Is Really Thinking?

Want To See What The Other Person Is Really Thinking?

From the Author

I first learned about what is now called, “Kokology,” however at the time I am not sure it was called that. It was New Year’s Eve 1997, and I was with my friend Mike.

We were waiting to enter a New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown San Diego.

We had some time to kill and Mike asked me if I knew of a psychology test that involved a box?

I replied, “No.”

And he proceeded to ask me a series of questions.

The test went something like this:

Imagine there is a desert scene, and in the desert there is a box. Describe the box. What color is it? What size is it? Where, with regards to the scene is the box located? What is the box made of?

Now imagine there is a ladder. Where in proximity is the ladder to the box? Describe the ladder. What does it look like? What is it made of? How big is the ladder?

Now imagine there is a horse.. What color is the horse? What sex is the horse? Where in proximity to the box and the ladder is the horse? What stands out to you about the horse? Is it tied or have a saddle?

Now imagine, there is a flower pot. Where is the flower pot? How many flowers are there? Where is/are the flower/s? What is the color of the flower/s? How do you feel about the flower/s?

And lastly, imagine there is a storm in the desert scene. Where is the storm? Is it big or small? Describe what the storm looks like.

Each o the items supposedly represents something in your life.

Box (Cube) : The cube represents yourself. For example, if the box is open then you could see yourself as open. If the box is made of metal than it could mean that you are a bit hard. Your answer is reflective of how you see yourself.

Ladder : The ladder represents your friends. This is always a great response because depending on where the ladder is could determine how important your friends are to you. If the ladder is close or not. If the ladder is leaning on the side of the box it could mean that you and or your friends depend on one another. If it is on top of the box it could mean you highly value your friendships and put them above your own needs.

Horse : The horse is your partner/lover/significant other. This one is always quite interesting. I have heard some pretty crazy answers to this question, some that surprised me. Now of course its just a test and in no way is it completely 100% accurate. Depending on the answer, it could mean a host of things, from how important a relationship is to you by the size of the horse to the attributes one looks for in a partner, spouse, lover, significant other.

Storm : The storm is the obstacle in your life. Of all the questions, this is by and far my favorite because it can show how one sees and deals with obstacles. It can also show one’s current attitude about his or her life situation. In general, we tend to over-dramatize life’s challenges, things are really never as bad as they seem, and all it comes down to is the mental and emotional outlook.

Flower/s : The flower represents your offspring. This is pretty straightforward. If there are no flowers then chances are, the person is not currently interested in having children. If, on the other hand, there are many, than quite the opposite could be true. Moreover, where the flower pot is in proximity to the box and the rest of the scene is also a nice indicator of how one views and values children.

I always remembered this test. and have since that fateful night many many years ago, I have asked countless people these questions.

Its a nice and simple way to break the ice and establish rapport. Also, its a nice way to see what the other person values in their life and to see the world through their eyes.