January 24, 2012

Business and people

Filed under: business,marketing,personal — Erik Dobberkau @ 06:00

Obviously some real estate agents think their business is not people.

Do you remember when it happened the last time that a website you visited was down, not because of technical issues, but because of a design overhaul? And all they could do is put up a ridiculous graphic (not the “under construction” road sign, thanks a lot), with their phone number and email (not clickable). No contact form, no replacement microsite, and in the end, no business, at least from my side.

There is no business that is not people.

January 23, 2012

Do vs. Get done

Filed under: business,creativity,personal,workflow — Erik Dobberkau @ 07:04

One of the best ways (if not the best way) to amp up your productivity is asking “What can I get done?”, replacing the misleading “What can I do?”. There’s a reason David Allen didnt’t call his book “Doing things”, y’know.


January 11, 2012


Filed under: creativity,personal — Erik Dobberkau @ 05:16

On most occasions, your personal treasure won’t increase when you desperately try to pile more onto, but calmly let go of some of it.

January 10, 2012

On revolution

Filed under: business,personal — Erik Dobberkau @ 20:12

The earth does one each day. We can be happy to accomplish one in a lifetime.

January 2, 2012

Angry nerds

Filed under: business,creativity,internet,IT,marketing,media,politics — Erik Dobberkau @ 20:49

Today the German version of Jonathan Zittrain‘s essay “The PC is dead” has been published (which he closes by saying we need more angry nerds), tempting me to comment on it in a lengthy post. Instead I recommend you to read it yourself.

My two cents: For platform owners such as Apple, Amazon, Google or Microsoft, the ‘art’ is to close the door only so much that the input-providing participants don’t feel uncomfortable squeezing through it, and keep providing stuff (apps and content), because the consuming participants will only start switching once they realize the restrictions applied lead to a perceived lack thereof. Angry nerds won’t fix it. Unless they invent a different thing that restarts the cycle.

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