Archive for November, 2010

reasons people talk

Reasons People Talk;

  • They fully understand something
  • It enhances something about themselves
  • They are compelled to talk about something

Reasons People Listen;

  • They trust the person talking
  • They understand the backstory
  • It’s interesting which gets them interested


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thought reading

“In all sleight of hand illusions, the great success is this: the hand of the exhibitor has to be quicker than the eyes of the audience.” C Gilbert, Endless Mirth and Amusement, 1874

Parlour Games for Modern Families, Myfanwy Jones, Spiri Tsintziras

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9000 missed shots and still a hero

Michael Jordan once said "I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career.  I’ve lost almost 300 games.  26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed.  I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed."

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integrity, trust yourself

lizard food

Integrity [ɪnˈtɛgrɪtɪ]

1. adherence to moral principles; honesty

2. the quality of being unimpaired; soundness

3. unity; wholeness

Achieving dreams requires you to have a dream, to have an intention to do it and the integrity to take action.

Intention is easy, everyone can have ideas and create best laid plans.

Taking action is harder, it exposes you to the risk of failure. You need integrity to hold yourself true to achieving the dream. You need to trust yourself to be able to achieve the dream.

A dream that you have no intention of starting, or you don’t have the integrity to follow through and pursue should be dropped or it will become food for the lizard brain.

Feeding the lizard brain will stall you from achieving your dreams and drag you down.

Have the integrity to take action.

(Intention + integrity = manifestation of dreams : Marcia Wieder
Lizard brain : Seth Godin)

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design language : 22 minute rule

Game play in 22 minute segments sits comfortably with our expectations from other media.

  • Running time of a sitcom or TV Drama
  • Caters to shorter attention span
  • Time appropriate for social experience

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understanding goals

Dreams - Goals - Tasks


A dream is big, demanding and aspirational.  It is the why that provides the purpose behind activity. It is not something that you can directly do.

Projects needs a dream, a vision to inspire and a purpose to guide all activity.


Goals are the tangible outcome of actions, on a journey to achieving a dream. A goal should be framed in terms of achievement and outcome, rather than actions that need performing. It is the result not an action.

Setting goals is critical to delivery of projects. A goal communicates the destination & benefit and not the specific steps required to achieve the goal. Goals should be demanding enough to challenge & stretch, more than slack – offering no challenge, and without being too extreme & straining. (Slack – Stretch – Strain)

Goals are empowering, they leave autonomy in the route chosen to achieving them. They are the building blocks of project management and successful delivery.

Focus all of your attention on understand the right goals, when you are planning.


Tasks are smaller steps, the actions and the activities that get you to a goal.

Tasks are what you do, work itself and should get all of the attention during execution.

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