Keeping It Simple

KISS = Keep It Simple Stupid

Complex things overwhelm.  Simple things are easy and build confidence. 

So why not take complex things and break them down into many easy simple things?

Losing weight isn’t about one big thing.  Its about a number of small things that lead to the big thing, weight loss.

You don’t replace a transmission in one big motion. You take a series of smaller steps to remove the transmission and then reinstall it.

You don’t build a successful business overnight, you build a team, design a product, create a website, and build the business one step at a time.

KISS

FlowingData: How to Make Bubble Charts

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FlowingData has a great tutorial on creating bubble charts using R. Bubble charts are like scatter plots, but with a third dimension, size of data point. You are able to tell a greater story using bubble charts as opposed to more traditional charts.

Of course, the latest versions of Excel (PC & Mac) have bubble charts built-in.

Cheers!

Attitude Makes the Life

Apologies, this is going to be more of a rant than a tradition blog post.  

I had the pleasure of speaking with someone this evening that had the worst attitude of anyone I have ever met.  For the sake of brevity, let’s boil the conversation down to this simple exchange:

Person: “But who is going to pay me to travel the world and hike?” 

Me: “The people that are interested in your adventure, blog about it and tell your story.”

Person: “Everyone blogs about their adventure, no way.”

Me: “Yes everyone blogs about their adventure, but you have to speak with a unique voice and from your heart and they will follow you.”

Person: “I don’t want them to follow me.  Don’t they have better things to do than read my hiking blog?”

Me: “Let’s back up… you want to hike the world and have someone pay you for it? You have lots of options…”

Person: “Right now, I need a better job…  ” and the conversation continues.

With everyone of my explanations, this person had a negative reason why they couldn’t do it.  They already failed at their dream within two sentences.  

Dreams are goals and attitude gets you to those goals.  Are you willing to work toward your goals/dreams?   Is life half empty or half full? 

Its your life, you decide what is important when you speak.  

The Great CEO Hold Music Challenge

If anyone has sat on hold they would know that know hold music can range from great to downright hidious to the point of obscenely pornographic.    As a customer, forced to sit on hold and listen to such torture, I hereby take it upon myself to save other from the same fate.

I hereby challenge every CEO in the world that has a customer contact center, to listen to the company’s hold music for two hours each week.  The bottom-line, if they can’t stand it, change it! Why would you, as a CEO, expect your customers to listen to something that YOU yourself wouldn’t listen to?   

If you accept my challenge, post your customer contact center number here is a comment and let my readers judge.  Honestly, if you have any kind of music savvy taste, I am sure my readers will love it. 

Do you accept?

Picture: A Productive, Inviting Work Environment

This post isn’t going to tell you how to setup the ideal, productive work environment.  The truth is, we are all different and what makes each of productive varies.

What you will get from this post is the pic of a very cool, warm, inviting and productive looking desk. 

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There is so much you can read into while looking at this picture.  The cups, the books, the wood, the window and the two vintage lamps all force the mind to drift off into a fantasy land. But wouldn’t it be so cool to have this workspace?  I think so.

Cheers!

(note, a friend sent me the picture so I don’t know who took it.  If it is yours, let me know and I will gladly give credit)

One Shovel Load at a Time

Successful companies don’t appear overnight.

Dreams are not reality simply by getting out of bed in the morning.

Losing weight does not happen overnight. 

One thing we need to remind ourselves of constantly is that big, hairy audacious goals (bHAG) are the fruition of many small actions (MSA).   If we focus our attention on the baby steps that lead to the bHAG, dreams are a reality. 

When I took the attached photo, I thought, “my gosh, that guy is going to be there for a long time!”  I was going to post it on Twitter with some crazy, humorous caption.  But then I realized what it represented.

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Sure the guy has a bHAG of loading the sand into the truck with just a tiny shovel.  But each shovel full tossed into that truck is an action (MSA) toward the bHAG.  Life is about taking one shovel load at a time and tossing it into the truck.  Enjoy each toss, because that goal gets closer and the pile smaller with each one; enjoy it while it lasts. 

What are your bHAGs? Are you aware of each MSA that you need to achieve them?