Let’s Teach Our Kids To Code

“Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer… because it teaches you how to think.” -Steve Jobs

 

I think this video is amazing. Kids need to learn more about computers, more about the internet and more about how the future is going to be created by them.

Lets teach our kids to code.

Unleashing Your Creative Genius: Touch The Snake

In a brilliant Ted Talk, David Kelly (founder of IDEO, an innovation firm on steroids) shows us how everyone can be a creative genius, it just takes a lot of mini steps.

The analogy he gives is a story from Dr. Albert Bandura (the greatest living psychologist in the world, also born in Mundare Alberta, fact) who is world renown for curing phobias in a radically short period of time, sometimes in 4 hours or less. His secret? He does it in many small steps,working up to the finale, the crux, the thing they’ve always been afraid of.

He’ll bring a patient into his office and tell them there’s a snake in the room next door. The patient obviously thinks it’s ludicrous that they’ll ever go into the snake filled room. He opens a one way mirror to let them see the snake, calms them down. Then opens the door and calms them down. Then into the room, then calms them down. Recognize the pattern?

It’s a series of many steps, over time, they contribute to a major outcome. It’s really how we humans get anything done.

With this process in mind, David encourages everyone that they can be creative and they can come up with novel, unique solutions to problems they never thought were possible before. In small steps, over time, you can be come a genius.

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The Nine Laws of New Business Strategy

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1. A room is always smarter than the one person standing in front of it. The challenge for leaders, coaches, teachers, and managers is taking advantage of connectivity, to inspire the pack to do the right thing. To inspire the tribe to keep reaching for more. To see their combined potential, to push them further than what any one of them could do on their own. To help internal communication. To improve culture. Read Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren’t the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room by David Weinberger  

2. Your Brand is what Google tells you it is.  With a click of a button anyone in the world can find everything they can about you. If they don’t find very much they’re going to find your competitors and hire them instead. It’s a different world we live in, a world where we like to “meet people” online first before in person. What’s your Twitter handle, what do they look like on Facebook, where have you worked-checking the LinkedIn profile, and finally what does Google say about you? These are all questions you should be asking yourself before a competitor or a sneaky friend of yours finds those pictures of you from that Halloween party in University. Your Mother would not be proud of that picture.

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Two Ricky Gervais Quotes to Live By

 

Ricky Gervais. Actor, writer, director, atheist. Whatever box you choose to place him in, you’ll find a quote from Mr. Gervais on the subject. After reading countless articles and interviews from around the web I was inspired to create a list of the top Ricky Gervais quotes that’ll change the way you work. Prepare to be inspired!

 

Number One.

Rickey Gervais quote on creating

 

Everyone has the ability to create. Everyone! That baby playing with blocks on Christmas morning…. Guess what? They just created something. Creativity has the tendency to be stamped out of us at a young age. Throughout grade school, straying away from the norm is frowned upon and you suddenly become an “outsider”. On the outside is exactly where you want to be. The inside of the box is crowded, and lets be honest, it smells…

 

Here’s a great quote from Greg Ciotti of Help Scout on differentiation and selling your product:

 

“While a superior product and outstanding service are the foundation for growing a company that goes the distance, there is an opportunity to use differentiation as a competitive advantage in order to “stand out like a sore thumb.” – Greg Ciotti

 

Ricky Gervais is a sore thumb.  We should all aspire to be sore thumbs.

 

Number Two.

Ricky Gervais quote on offending people

 

When you want your product or service to be different don’t fret about offending someone.  Chances are, these people are just looking for something to be offended by.  Offending someone’s feelings, as mentioned above, is impossible to measure.  Every human being on the Earth feels in a different way.  Attempting to cater to 7 billion people at once without offending one single person is next to impossible.  I never say impossible.  Nothing is impossible.  But this is probably as close as they come.

Just focus on giving your brand its own personal flare with something different that no one else in your market is doing; that’s where you’ll please the right people.  One of the coolest products I’ve stumbled upon recently is Man Crates.  They allow you to fill a crate with “manly” items and the crate is then shipped to you.  Notice the use of the word crate, not box.  They do, in fact, send you a crate that needs to be opened with a crowbar.  No company I’ve seen recently is delivering in a crazy, new way (other than the drones Amazon “claims” they will be using – link to that here –> Amazon Prime Air).  But Amazons “drone” service is a whole new post in itself.

 

So the moral of the story?  

Be like Mr. Gervais.  Be different.  Differentiate your brand.  Be the wolf among the sheep.  And don’t sweat it if a few sheep get offended by your choice of costume.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Business of Belief [14 Brilliant Quotes]

I recently finished an amazing read by Tom AsackerThe Business of BeliefHow the World’s Best Marketers, Designers, Salespeople, Coaches, Fundraisers, Educators, Entrepreneurs and Other Leaders Get Us to Believe.

It’s an easy read, not very long, and filled with wonderful little stories that teach memorable lessons in a simple manner. I loved the book and have since bought it for people. I really think you should pick up a copy, after all, don’t you want something to believe in?

I’ve heard this stat before but really puts into perspective the ‘maker’ culture we’re living in.

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Are You Too Busy? Read this.

Please do us all a favour and Stop Complaining About How Busy You AreWe all do this too much these days.

Everyone is too busy.

The majority of what we do is waste time on things that ultimately don’t matter. We all could work a little smarter and plan our lives a little better. It’s not impossible.

Do you really think Jeff Bezos has more time in a day than you? Do you think Larry Page and Sergey Brin sleep much, much less than regular people and work more hours? Do you think the smartest CEOs, Entrepreneurs, and Leaders just work more hours than most people? Or is it something else?

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Strategy Lab and Based in Business

On Wednesday, August 14th, we had the opportunity to take part in a program dedicated to creating entrepreneurial opportunities for discharged and retired Canadian Forces members. The program, entitled Based in Business, works with the Memorial University Enactus Group to execute a year-long, three-phased program that teaches participants everything they need to know about owning and running their own business.

We were invited into the marketing phase of the program being held at the University of Regina. Along with Lee Elliot, I (Linden) was able to share insights into the rapidly changing marketing world.

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The Debate Continues: How Much Do Colours Affect Your Website’s Performance?

During the creation of a content-driven, engaging, educational, and well-measured website, people often spend a lot of time fretting over design details. While we’ll be the first to stress the website’s function and measurability as it meets your needs as being a much larger part of the website development and marketing strategy, the fact that the colours use have an effect on customers’ propensity to trust your business and make purchases from you can’t be overlooked. This is illustrated in great detail in this awesome infographic from the folks over at KISSmetrics. We’re sure you’ll learn something new. Let us know what you think.

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They Can’t Be More Passionate Than You

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Older people have more experience than you.
CFL linemen are stronger than you.
Accountants are more analytical than you.
Comedians are funnier than you.
Financial analysts are better with their money than you.
Religious people are more spiritual than you.
NCAA football coaches are better leaders than you.
People who work at Google are smarter than you.

The only thing they can’t be is more passionate than you.

What ever your thing is, nobody can be more passionate about it than you.

You may never be as smart, or as strong, or as fast, or as spiritual, or as rich as the next person. But you CAN be more passionate about your thing than anyone else in the world.

The quote in the picture at the top is from Sir Ken Robinson in his Ted Talk How Schools Kill Creativity

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