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Sir Richard Branson shared with us how he see his approach in business, and he goes direct to the point.

 

The harder I practice, the luckier I get

– Gary Player

I sincerely believe might constitute one of the most powerful sentences a business leader can utter : “I not sure – what do you think ?”

 

in most cases 90% of life is just showing up

 

his top ten recommandation :

  1. Follow your dreams and just do it
  2. Make a positive difference and do some good
  3. Believe in your ideas and be the best
  4. Have fun and look after your team
  5. Don’t give up
  6. Listen, take lots of notes and keep setting new challenges
  7. Delegate and spend more time with your family
  8. Turn off that laptop and iphone and get your derrière out there
  9. Communicate, collaborate and communicate some more
  10. Do what you love and have a couch in the kitchen

 

 

Timothy Ferriss is an American author, entrepreneur, angel investor, and public speaker. In 2007, he published The 4-Hour Workweek.

A book full of ideas :

  • Contain tips to delegate your work (by email), how to delegate more, to be more productive
  • Discuss about the usage of virtual assistants or VA
  • Where/How to travel

Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life.

—JOHN F. KENNEDY”

I can’t give you a surefire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.

—HERBERT BAYARD SWOPE, American editor and journalist; first recipient of the Pulitzer Prize

 

Challenging the Status Quo vs. Being Stupid

 

The Timing Is Never Right.
I once asked my mom how she decided when to have her first child, little ol’ me. The answer was simple: “It was something we wanted, and we decided there was no point in putting it off. The timing is never right to have a baby.” And so it is.
For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks.

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where …” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.

—LEWIS CARROLL, Alice in Wonderland”

 

Practice to ask phone number:

Excuse me. I know this is going to sound strange, but if I don’t ask you now, I’ll be kicking myself for the rest of the day. I’m running to meet a friend [i.e., I have friends and am not a stalker], but I think you’re really [extremely, drop-dead] cute [gorgeous, hot]. Could I have your phone number? I’m not a psycho—I promise. You can give me a fake one if you’re not interested.

 

Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it.

—MALCOLM X, Malcolm X Speaks

It isn’t enough to think outside the box. Thinking is passive. Get used to acting outside the box.

 

But what if your concern isn’t so much losing your children but losing your mind because of your children?

 

 

People say that what we are seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think this is what we’re really seeking. I think what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive.

—JOSEPH CAMPBELL, The Power of Myth

 

If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems. And that’s a big mistake.

—FRANK WILCZEK, 2004 Nobel Prize winner in physics

 

Don’t postpone decisions just to avoid uncomfortable conversations

 

Note : look in the end the recommended books.

Patrick Lencioni is an American writer of books on business management / team management. The book is articulate in two parts. (1) a story with the concepts of the five dysfunctions and how to overcome them (2) listing of the different dysfunctions and how to overcome them, in a way more academical.

“Politics is when people choose their words and actions based on how they want others to react rather than based on what they really think.”

 

This book was first published in 1937 ! Dale Carnegie (1888 – 1955) was an American writer and lecturer and the developer of famous courses in self-improvement.

 

raw notes:

Difference between appreciation and flattery. One is sincere, one not.

I am talking about a new way of life.

we usually spend about 95 percent of our time thinking about ourselves

 

If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.

– Henry Ford

Hatred is never ended by hatred but by love

– Buddha

 

“In an article in Bits and Pieces, how to keep a disagreement from becoming an argument :

  • Welcome the disagreement.
  • Distrust your first instinctive impression.
  • Control your temper.
  • Listen first. 
  • Look for areas of agreement. 
  • Be honest. Apologize for your mistakes
  • Promise to think over your opponents’ ideas and study them carefully.
  • Thank your opponents sincerely for their interest.
  • Postpone action to give both sides time to think through the problem.

 

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it within himself.

– Galileo

 

—isn’t it better to begin by saying: “Well, now, look. I thought otherwise, but I may be wrong. I frequently am. And if I am wrong, I want to be put right. Let’s examine the facts.

 

“I don’t blame you one iota for feeling as you do. If I were you I would undoubtedly feel just as you do.”

 

PRINCIPLE 6
Praise the slightest improvement and praise every improvement. Be “hearty in your approbation and lavish in your praise.

 

Childish? Perhaps. But that is what they said to Napoleon when he created the Legion of Honor and distributed 15,000 crosses to his soldiers and made eighteen of his generals “Marshals of France” and called his troops the “Grand Army.” Napoleon was criticized for giving “toys” to war-hardened veterans, and Napoleon replied, “Men are ruled by toys.”

 

Books – (from wikipedia):

  • 1915: Art of Public Speaking, with Joseph Berg Esenwein.
  • 1920: Public Speaking: the Standard Course of the United Y. M. C. A. Schools.
  • 1926: Public Speaking: a Practical Course for Business Men. Later editions and updates changed the name of the book several times: Public Speaking and Influencing Men in Business(1937 revised), How to Develop Self-Confidence and Influence People by Public Speaking (1956)[16] and Public Speaking for Success (2005).
  • 1932: Lincoln, the Unknown.
  • 1934: Little Known Facts About Well Known People.
  • 1936: How to Win Friends and Influence People.
  • 1937: Five Minute Biographies.
  • 1944: Dale Carnegie’s Biographical round-up.
  • 1948: How to Stop Worrying and Start Living.
  • 1959: Dale Carnegie’s Scrapbook: a Treasury of the Wisdom of the Ages. A selection of Dale Carnegie’s writings edited by Dorothy Carnegie.
  • 1962: The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking. The fourth revision of Public speaking and influencing men in business, by Dorothy Carnegie, based upon Dale Carnegie’s own notes and ideas but a very different book than original.

Published in 2014, Reinventing Organizations is in the top #5 Amazon best seller in the Management Science category.

This book is talking about leading companies with an bottom-top approach instead of the classic top-bottom approach. If we caricature the concept, the goal is to use freely all the brains of the company instead only the CEO’s brain. Therefore becoming more efficient.

This kind of company are called by Frédéric Laloux teal company. A color is associated for different management methods. The color of the last step is teal, the same color as the two pretty butterflies on the book’s cover.

 

Raw notes & quotes copied from the books

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

- Richard Buckminster Fuller

Culture eats strategy for breakfast.

- Peter Drucker

 

  • Evolutionnary teal:

Taming the fears of the ego
- Inner rightness as compass
Life as a journey of unfolding  // creating our own person
- Building on strengths  “ 
Psychologists talk about a shift from a deficit to a strength-based paradigm ”
- Dealing gracefully with adversity
Striving for wholeness 

 

The question is not how you can make better rules, but how you can support teams in finding the best solution. How can you strengthen the possibilities of the team members so that they need the least amount of direction-setting from above

- Jos de Blok 

 

 

  • Buurtzorg’s culture :

- It’s okay to struggle, from struggle comes learning.
- The coach’s role is to let teams make their own choices, even if she believes she knows a better solution.
- The coach supports the team mostly by asking insightful questions and mirroring
- The starting point is always to look for enthusiasm, strengths, and existing capabilities within the team.

Bureaucracies are built by and for people who busy themselves proving they are necessary, especially when they suspect they aren’t

- Ricardo Semler

 

reverse delegation

 

Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.

- Albert Einstein

As you’ve found out by now, you were not hired to fill a specific job description. You were hired to constantly be looking around for the most valuable work you could be doing.

- Valve handbook for employees

 

  •  Misconceptions of teal Organization:

Misperception 1: There is no structure, no management, no leadership
- Misperception 2: Everyone is equal
Misperception 3: It’s about empowerment
- Misperception 4: It’s still experimental 

 

“You can process your tensions. If you’re choosing to be a victim, that is your choice, and perhaps a choice because you don’t know how to do something else, but it’s not because somebody else is persecuting you. It is your choice to stay in that pattern if you so choose.”

 

Whatever you do or dream you can do—begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The only thing we know about the future is that it will be different. Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window. The best way to predict the future is to create it.

- Peter Drucker

This book, of 72 pages, was published by Harvard Business Press in 2008. The authour, Peter Drucker has been described as “the founder of modern management”.

Below, a few raw quotes and notes from the book :

Most people think they know what they are good at. They are usually wrong. More often, people know what they are not good at – and even then more people are wrong than right. And yet, a person can perform only from strength. One cannot build performance on weaknesses, let alone on something one cannot do at all.

 

  • Feedback Analysis:
  1. Concentrate on your strengths.
  2. Work on improving your strengths.
  3. Discover where your intellectual arrogance is causing disabling ignorance and overcome it.

 

A plan can usually cover no more than 18 months and still be reasonably clear and specific.

 

In effect, managing oneself demands that each knowledge worker think and behave like a
chief executive officer

It’s apparently a part of a bigger book from Peter Drucker : Management Challenges for the 21st Century.

This book, published in 1989, was written by Stephen Covey.

Despite it is a title usually used for a post in a blog, it is a powerful book on business and life. It is ranked #2 in the Amazon business category.

The seven habits are:

  1. Be proactive
  2. Begin with the end in mind
  3. Put first things first
  4. Think win-win
  5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood
  6. Synergize - Principles of creative cooperation
  7. Sharpen the saw – Principles of balanced self-renewal

To relate effectively with a wife, a husband, children, friends, or working associates, we must learn to listen. And this requires emotional strength. Listening involves patience, openness, and the desire to understand 

Albert Einstein observed, “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.

Marilyn Ferguson observed, “No one can persuade another to change. Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside. We cannot open the gate of another, either by argument or by emotional appeal.

Between stimulus and response, man has the freedom to choose.

Try it in your marriage, in your family, in your job. Don’t argue for other people’s weaknesses. Don’t argue for your own. When you make a mistake, admit it, correct it, and learn from it -immediately. Don’t get into a blaming, accusing mode. Work on things you have control over. Work on you. On be.

Look at the weaknesses of others with compassion, not accusation.

 

“Begin with the End in Mind” is based on the principle that all things are created twice. There’s a mental or first creation, and a physical or second creation to all things

 

  • Interdependence with oneself:

To do not have a sense of security that would depend from external factors, we should create interdependence with ourself. When we reach this point, we do not use external factors to be secure. External factors like money, work or other people judgment.

To achieve interdependence, the author suggest we use principles and integrityWhen we are able to choose to become interdependent, we are “capable of building rich, enduring, highly productive relationships with other people”. 

If I were emotionally dependent, my sense of worth and security would come from your opinion of me. If you didn’t like me, it could be devastating. 

You’ll no longer build your emotional life on other people’s weaknesses.

 

  • About Maturity:

Maturity is the balance between courage and consideration. If a person can express his feelings and convictions with courage balanced with consideration for the feelings and convictions of another person, he is mature, particularly if the issue is very important to both parties.

 

  • A conversation to reach a win-win situation:

“Would you be interested in going for a win-win solution that both parties feel really good about?” I would ask.
The response was usually affirmative, but most people didn’t really think it was possible.
“If I can get the other party to agree, would you be willing to start the process of really communicating with each other?”
Again, the answer was usually “yes.”

Goethe taught, “Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be.”

Checklist Manifesto – How to get things right, published in 2009.

The author, Atul Gawande, is  a doctor who worked for the World Health Organization, an agency of the United Nation that is concerned with international public health. WHO was established in 1948 and the headquarter is in Geneva.

Atul, inspired by the checklists the pilots are using in planes, transposed this concept to surgeries and found remarkable results. His work is saving lifes.

And so can we [recognize the simplicity and power using checklist]. Indeed, against the complexity of the world, we must. There is no other choice. When we look closely, we recognize the same balls being dropped over and over, even by those of great ability and determination. It’s time to try something else. Try a checklist

Jugaaad means in Hindi an improvised solution born from ingenuity and resourcefulness. The book was published in 2012.

It’s refreshing to read a book wrote by 3 professors / leaders / consultant with an indian perspective.
The authors made a trailer for the book :-) at this link.

 

Some raw notes from the books I liked:

 

“Money can’t buy innovation”

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Carol Dweck, professor of psycology at Standford University says,  individuals typically have one of the two mindsets:

- A fixed mindset, they believe their qualities and other’s are carved in stoned.

- A growth mindset, that is, they believe that their basic qualities can bu nurtured and improved through effort.

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Classic quote from Einstein, but always good to read and think about it:

 ”One cannot alter a condition with the same mindset that created it in the first place”

- Albert Einstein

Company culture are like country culture. Never try to change one. Try, instead, to work with what you’ve got

- Peter Drucker “the founder of modern management”

 

The highest and best form of efficiency is the spontaneous cooperation of free people

- Woodrow Wilson – 28th President of the United States

 

Invention is by its very nature a disorderly process. You can’t put a six sigma process into that area and say, well, I’m getting behind on innovation, so I’m going to schedule myself for three good ideas on wednesday and two on Friday. That’s not how creativity works.

- 3M CEO, Buckley, June 2007

 

J’aimerais pouvoir participer à Dailymotion avec sa prochaine étape. C’est passionnant lorsque l’on voit le potentiel incroyable et les challenges de Dailymotion aujourd’hui.

Le contenu est roi :

The content is King. Les gens vont sur Dailymotion pour regarder des vidéos.

  • Avoir une page d’accueil qui, à l’image d’un journal, se focalise sur les nouveautés, sur les vidéos les plus regardés pour garder l’utilisateur. Plus de choix pour l’utilisateur.
  • Avoir différentes sections : musique, trailer, news.
  • Travailler sur le grow hacking de la page d’accueil / utilisateur .

Une machine à innovation:

Il y a des opportunités absolument partout.

  • Créer un Dailymotion concurrent de netflix sur le marché de la vidéo en ligne.
  • Dailymotion TV
  • Créer des nouveaux projets, hackathon, qui seront les nouveaux produits de demain.

Se concentrer très fort :

Comment rendre Dailymotion profitable ?

Le cœur de revenue apparent de Dailymotion est la publicité faite par Google.  Dailymotion voudrais créer son nouveau service de publicité en ligne. DailyAds, qui serait le support technologique pour la publicité. DailyAds pourrait après être un incontournable de la publicité en ligne. C’est là où l’effort doit être. En effet, il y a une opportunité lorsque l’on donne 35% des revenues publicitaires  à Google.

J’ai pu voir des vidéos d’interview de personne travaillant à Dailymotion. Les challenges et l’ambiance ont l’air incroyable.

Dailymotion : embauchez moi !

H.B.

 

 

There is a lot of content on feedback and experimenting new thing on internet, so I won’t repeat it :-)

Here of example : “Feedback is an essential part of effective learning.”

This is some screenshots of the FlatNews evolution, each step was possible with feedback of friends and people who test the website.

 

And it’s just the beginning !

I saw the “masterclass” with Loic le Moeur, there are some important main points. One who especially is “share” what you are doing. Share in your domain of expertise.

It’s not obvious.

For exemple, I’m watching the Leweb conférence of Loic Le Moeur on the free live. Loic share the LeWeb conference for free.

The question is : why do he spends a lot of money to make his conference FREE ?

One mechanism is that everybody can receive the huge value of this conference and talk about it. Do next time I will attend to the conference ? maybe in 4 years :-)
And you talk about the conference,

“Hey buddy, do you know this amazing video on youtube with Eric Schmidt ?
-Wow, do you know who is Eric Schmidt ?”

The fact to open the content of what you are doing, you open your work to other people (and you are making a better world). So other people can see your mistake. It’s perfect for improvement, isn’t it ?
If you are scary about the quality of your content, you don’t share. You search to avoid criticism.

I talk about www.flatnews.fr with all students and people in my certificate, there are great. I’m lucky to be with UI designer and smart people. I have a lot of feedback. It’s so great to be able to work with feedback = data.

If it’s become something, it will be finally possible thanks to all the person who take the time to say some feedback.

To have feedback, you need to share.