Sunday Reads: The Idea Person & Data

The Idea Person

Many people in a creative field, myself included, have succumbed to the fantasy of the Idea Person.

Ideas are like candy—colorful, fun, easy to indulge in.

The hard part—the part that really matters—is the follow-through.

Why don’t we glorify that instead?

Notes on Company Culture

What are the things that characterise a positive company culture?

Openness. Trust. Respect. Collaboration. Empowerment. Responsibility. Communication. Diversity. Empathy. Spirit. Emotional Investment. Pride in work. Commitment to each other. Openness to criticism. And a lot more besides…

These are the kind of things that embody a positive company culture. One where people feel happy and productive in their work. Where the customer is both the end user of the product and the net beneficiary of the positive culture.

The joyless world of data-driven startups

Everyone tells early stage startups to use data for big strategic decisions. But does that really work, and whatever happened to vision?

The song will never work. It’s too long, too complex, too confusing and doesn’t fit into any musical genre.
— Radio stations feedback to Queen about Bohemian Rhapsody

If you don’t measure it, you can’t improve it.

That’s the tired cliché repeatedly told by the kinds of people who have to put a number on everything. These are the people who are responsible for the existence of Klout, and buy the self-help books in their millions because they believe that there must be repeatable secret rules and quantifiable steps that determine success and failure. Either millions of people didn’t read those books that they bought, or it turns out that the steps weren’t as easily reproducible as the book cover suggested.

Quote of the Week

Creativity is the greatest rebellion in existence.
— Osho