Posts Tagged ‘technology’

The world is changing. Always changing. The way we did things two years ago are not the same way we do things today. You can go to www.amazon.com and buy a 3-d printer (for about 2 grand). You can then go to www.thingiverse.com and download designs for..let’s say a microscope. Feed the printer with the raw material and design through your laptop or tablet and within less than an hour (depending on which printer you bought) you will have a working telescope.

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The process which only a few years ago that took a dozen people, a warehouse and an extensive toolkit can now be accomplished at home in your garage. This example is a drastic one but not un-realistic. Because of the changing work place managers and executives have been struggling to keep up with employees and their productivity. Companies which offer managers, productivity tools have cropped up like weeds on my un kept lawn.

As I look over all the productivity tools I began to think that many tools and managers miss the point of employees. Isn’t it the employees job to make the company profitable? So much focus is on productivity today in the modern work place and office that I think not enough maybe spent on turning production into profits.

This trap of losing focus on what is important is not exclusive to business and managers. It can become a trap that many parents, uncles aunts and siblings fall into. A relationship with family members can become estranged for many reasons and most of the time these reasons are petty and small.

At work and home today I want to try to focus on what is important and less on what isn’t. Maybe I will not get left behind  the ever changing world. Maybe

 

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john3c

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If you read todays post title and knew what it was you probably also know what I am going to write about today. Todays post title “just setting up my twttr” was the first tweet ever posted on Twitter. On March 21st, 2006 Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter made history. Today Twitter has over 200 million active monthly users. Twitter is used and envisioned by Dorsey as a town square. You can read and Tweet about what you are eating or drinking or as in the case of the “Arab Spring” you can update the world about your city, country and cultures climb to democracy and freedom.

I remember first siging up for Twitter. Some mocked me. “Why sign up and use that when you have Facebook and can post your status there”? I let them know that I loved the 140 character limit. If you have read any of my blogs you know that I have a tendency to ramble on and a limit on text likes that keep my posts succint and pointed. If I want to have deeper conversations my followers will have to click the link and the simple message of “hey this is what is up”, becomes a more intimate affair. Almost like, stopping someone who just shouted out a headline in a towns square and asking him or her for more information.  

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Jack Dorsey,  founder of Twitter, was a dispatch programmer who co-founded Obvious which then spun off Twitter, created a social network which made it easy for individuals to share ideas, pictures, new stories. While Facebook was adding interfaces, Twitter was taking away the interfaces embracing the “less is more” approach and succeeding. I like to think that the reason Twitter is so popular is that it is merely a facet for interactions, unlike other social medias, Twitter enables and then gets out-of-the-way of its users. I am not sure if you can tell but I am a huge fan of Twitter! Do you use Twitter? If not you should.

 

Happy birthday Twitter

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john3c

I am not sure when you read this post, but if you were reading this first thing in the morning when you get to work I would say, stop, and go to your e-mail application and find someone in your contacts who has most recently helped you out, then send them a nice thank you e-mail. You may ask why  do this. I would answer if you asked because it is nice to get a thank you and it is nice to get a thank you first thing in the morning. Also this is nice for you too.

Mark Twain put it well when he said; “great people are those who make others feel that they, too, can become great.”  A simple act of gratitude can make someone feel validated and encouraged. You did that with that quick e-mail. Isn’t that great?

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I am not sure about you but my day is filled with e-mails to colleagues that usually contain information about broken process and problems. It felt good this morning when I sent my first e-mail thanking someone for something. “Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life.” –Oprah Winfrey

Besides setting your day and the receivers day off on the right foot, an early morning thank you note will also grow your network. As you look for people to thank and interact with them you will quickly realize how many contacts you have. A large network is a powerful tool. Websites like Facebook and Linkedin have made a killing on developing social networks. “Rolodex power. Your power is almost directly proportional to the thickness of your Rolodex, and the time you spend maintaining it. Put bluntly the most potent people I’ve known have been the best networkers — they “know everybody from everywhere” and have just been out to lunch with most of them.” —  Thomas Peters

So this morning or tomorrow if you missed this morning, first thing when getting in fire off that thank you e-mail. You will be glad you did.  You may even want to thank me john@john3c.com

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john3c

Do me a favor. Define restart. I don’t know about you but this was tough for me. See there is start and stop and even stall but restart. That is a tough on. If you are restarting are you not simply starting?

An old neighbor of mine worked as an instructor for The Youth Challenge Academy on Fort Stewart GA. The Academy is a school for high school dropouts. The school functions as a last resort military style establishment. One afternoon while just talking, my neighbor let me know that “a big problem with a lot of these kids don’t realize that life doesn’t have a reset button”. These are some insightful and thought-provoking words for me. I couldn’t tell you how many times I would have loved to “restart” and do things in life differently, but we can’t. We were born and life started when we die life is over. In between we have to do what we can to make a difference.

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The good news is no one gets restarts but there truly is no yesterday or tomorrow  only now and now we can do right despite what was and what will be. Challenge yourself today!! Embrace  life now!!

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john3c

imagesI used to believe that the first step was always the hardest. I took the first step, and quickly realized it wasn’t as hard, as of course the second step. yesterday was the first day of 2013 and today is the second, many resolutions have been made, if you don’t believe it, just take a look at the google map of new years resolutions. It seems many people have made resolutions and good for them. According to some interesting statistics about half of the people who have made new years resolutions will break them after about six months. So it seems that while starting to do something is hard and the most important step the second step might be even harder.
Completion of the second and third step is paramount for our success. We will not succeed if we do not press on. The word resolution has its roots in the word resolute and the only way to be resolute is to start and continue with that second step.

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You are on your way to work while driving in traffic you are answering an e-mail on your work phone, speaking with the day care on your personal cell phone, in your head you are developing a check list for things you need to do before the Monday morning meeting, as soon as the day care hangs up you jump into a conversation with a family member about some serious family affair. This scene is played out Monday mornings all over the world.

We multitask and feel accomplished because we have finished in the time it takes to do one task many tasks,however one has to wonder about things like quality of the tasks we complete while multitasking. Did we schedule the right time for the day care appointment? We are not sure so at lunch we call back the day care. The e-mail we sent was vague and non – descript, and now we are dragged into a conversation via e-mail, which takes three days to explain, which may not have taken quite as long with a more proper initial e-mail. Then there is the phone call with the family member, about some type of family affair that is going on, in their moment of need did we truly employ the appropriate empathy required and lend to them a receptive ear and “shoulder to cry on”? Or did we treat them like the e-mail that we rushed through? And not to mention the fact that all of this was done while driving in traffic, driving is an action that requires a cognitive full brain approach, despite the feeling that driving can be second nature it is not, there are far to many variables involved with driving to ever make it become second nature. It is good practice to never ever text or answer e-mail while driving. As a matter of fact I am inclined to believe the “older” regime in the office who state that “there is no such thing as multitasking. It is merely doing many things poorly”.

So since there is no syuch thing as multitasking what are we to do? First things first take a deep breath, now prioritize. Some people are list people, they write themselves lists others don’t and still prioritize. The best approach to tasks is to complete as much of a task as you can before moving on to another task. I like to assume that if I do not finish my task after I start than it will never get finished. So what do I do about tasks that I know will take weeks, months or even years? Well I break them done into smaller tasks that I can finish in one session or bites. I call them bites because of an old saying about how one goes about eating an elephant. One bite at a time of course. You will finish long-term tasks one bite at a time.

 

At home and at work everyday we should all make an effort to abandon multitasking and cling to a “task completion” path and the difference we will see in happiness and production will me remarkable. If nothing else abandoning multitasking will make the roads safer.

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john3c

So this quote… I am not sure who first made it. I have, heard and read,  many different claims for it but, most recently, the most famous person to make this quote was Steve Jobs. Steve was the co-founder of one of the most successful tech companies ever Apple computers. Apple computer scientist and researchers in the early years of the tech companies founding visited a research facility for the Xerox company. During their visit the team of  researchers, (I so wanted to use the term nerd or eggheads there) were shown the graphic user interface for a computer as well as a mouse pointing device and many other amazing ideas. A graphic user interface is basically a computer desktop.

The scientist went back to Apple, armed with new ideas and concepts, and created the Macintosh  computer. The Macintosh  computer changed the world.  The scientist at Xerox came out with a computer at the same time as the Macintosh computer. The Xerox computer was more expensive and cumbersome it was developed for business use and was a complete flop. The Macintosh did not flop it flourished.

“Great Artist steal.”  I was recently told that ” there are idea men and there are men who put ideas into practice.” This is a statement I have to maybe disagree with or in a pleasant twist I will steal this statement and change it.  Ok so here it goes: “there are men who have ideas and there are men who have ideas and execute those ideas.” An idea is not a pc. An idea is a seed and without the water soil sun the seed will rot away. I am sure you heard all the analogies and stories concerning the seeds and the sowers and reapers so let me  end this here with this new quote.

“Great artists steal and that’s cool.”

 

 

 

 

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john3c