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This time last year, we were desperately searching for a temporary home after dealing with Hurricane Sandy that slammed into the Northeastern United States. She was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of 2012 and the second costliest hurricane in …
In the classic film, My Dinner with Andre, actor Wallace Shawn listens intently as playwright Andre Gregory muses philosophically about the meaning of life and spins fantastical tales knee-deep in tribal rituals. The two met at a Manhattan restaurant in 1983 and spent hours dining and talking (well, Andre Gregory did most of that) well into the night, just a bit past closing time, and the resulting film is mesmerizing. I’ve seen it a dozen times and still find it stimulating and inspirational.
Well, here’s the thing, you do. Unlike a design agency, you can’t choose your clients and you can’t fire them either. Let’s face it. You’re stuck with them. They came with the place and aren’t going anywhere. And because your stakeholders are only an elevator ride or maybe a cubicle away, there are a variety of challenges that will impact you and your team, especially the demand for faster turnaround.
Frans Johannson, the author of The Medici Effect, continues his exploration of human intersections in his new book, The Click Moment. According to Johansson, success is random—far more random than we would like to believe and strategy, planning, and careful analysis can no longer guarantee strong performance. When you dig deep into the actions of successful people and organizations, you’ll find one common theme. A turning point occurs, and they take advantage of that serendipity to change their fate. There are a number of specific actions that we, as individuals and organizations, can take to capture this randomness and focus it in our favor.
“Paradoxically, it is true that your brain will develop habit patterns and decide what’s good and bad in the art that you’re making. And as your brain is making those decisions you will not find the letter “o” in the alphabet; you may end up sticking around “b” and never get past it because you did not want something peculiar to happen.”
A Google search of “Abel Lenz” shows more than 1.2 million pages, most of which were created only since he was publicly fired by AOL’s CEO, Tim Armstrong, on Friday.
Companies invest in strategic communication initiatives for their customers and investors. They should put the effort in designing internal communications.
What do you get the creative school graduate that is just about to launch his or her career in design community? I’ve got the best idea!