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Great people do things before they’re ready.

January 9, 2014

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Great people do things before they’re ready.

As I work on finishing up a book chapter about taking action and a report about using your brain at work, I found this fantastic quote from Amy Poehler. Perhaps not a new year’s resolution as much as a solid kick in the ass to move along NOW. In short: Step into life. Go. This is from Amy’s Smart Girls “Ask Amy” series in a response to a question from teenage Mae about staying courageous. For those of you who want the words to requote and with a bit more at the end than was in the image: Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they…


Focus on What Matters Most

January 1, 2014

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Focus on What Matters Most

Marcia interviewed Elaine St. James about simplifying, writing books, and finding a place in the world.


Give an Epic Minecraft Gift

December 18, 2013

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Give an Epic Minecraft Gift

Minecraft makes even less sense than Twitter to the uninitiated. Big pixel visuals get no love from gamers anticipating in 2013 realer-than-life graphics. Long login routines seem to imply the developers, lead by Markus “@Notch” Perrson, holed up in Sweden, don’t know simple is in. A distributed worldwide network of new servers, coming online daily from everyone but Minecraft’s parent company Mojang, avoid the giant serverfarm fashion. Yet the fanatical following Minecraft has gained since launching a public alpha in 2009  dismisses what’s expected, snickering at how software’s suppose to be done. I grew curious as my son became smitten, then fascinated, then enthralled. Despite more than a decade working inside software…


Are You A People Person?

November 19, 2013

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Are You A People Person?

“Are you a people person?” “If you were an animal, which would you be?” Have you heard these dumb dumb questions asked on the road to hiring smart people? How often do we use stereotypes and silly interview questions to screen candidates and hire talent? The answer, unfortunately, is too often. This fantastic IBM TV commercial is hilarious, sad, and inspiring on what we might be able to do better in the future. Jonathan Ferrar offers the perfect voice-over.


Twitterbursts

November 6, 2013

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Twitterbursts

As Twitter goes public, I thought it might be useful to revisit with you why I think so much of Twitter and the short bursts of correspondence it sets free. Just don’t call it revolutionary. It’s all about the tools, and it’s not about the tools. To see how I use Twitter each day, visit me @marciamarcia. Humans have conveyed short messages, rife with meaning, for over thirty thousand years. Smoke signals have traversed the airways. Expressive quips filled Seinfeld’s show. At all stages and ages, we burst forward. Up, dada. Look at my train. No, no, no. Keys please. Outta here. How cool is that? I do. Be back…


Business Rules, Simplified

November 5, 2013

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Business Rules, Simplified

When people ask me about the most healthful workplace I’ve worked in, I get a bit nostalgic for the years I spent at PeopleSoft. “What made it so special?” people ask. Recently I had the chance to talk with the co-founder of the company, Dave Duffield, who now is co-CEO at Workday, and told him what I share with others when they ask. “It was Dave’s rules–or lack there of them–that set the tone and conveyed to everyone the company was out of the ordinary. Quirky, candid, and with the right priorities in mind,” I say. Dave sent them out quarterly through email entitled, “Dave’s Rules of Business Behavior.” A…


Could you make your job a dream job?

October 3, 2013

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Could you make your job a dream job?

Kris Dunn, on the HR Capali$t blog, wrote recently about Dream Jobs. What’s at the intersection of stuff you love to do, stuff you’re good at, and stuff someone will pay you to do? He had engaged in a conversation about, “What would your dream job be?” at a group function and it was now on his mind. It’s now on my mind, too. He paraphrased that while the specific answers on dream jobs were all different, they all had the following in common: “I wish I could do a job that had more purity in purpose, and had none of the political and red-tape BS I currently have to deal…


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