Month: January 2011

If you’re not talking, you’re not learning

In preparing for our Like Minds itinerary this year, I’ve been thinking again about how people learn and how events should help them learn. In particular, I’ve been thinking about a diagram I blogged about almost a year ago now: This is the cone of learning by Edgar Dale, which says that we remember 10% ...

Your Opinion: Can You Teach Leadership? Or Are You Born With It?

The BBC asked this question a while ago while citing some of the greatest leaders of all time. My opinion is that leadership as a skill can be learnt. I would consider much of leadership being wrapped up in teamwork, influence, strategy, and so on, and these are things that you can most certainly learn. ...

4 Ways To Focus When You Meet People

You might not believe it but there was a time when I was really bad with people. In fact, I was so bad with people that I have the nickname ‘Scary Scott’ at the Christian Union because whilst I was on-target with my bible skills, I was wildly off-target with my people skills. Luckily, I ...

The 5 Innovations of the App Store

Apple have now launched the Mac App Store – the translation of the hughely successful App Store designed to deliver apps for the iPhone and the iPad onto a full blown computer running a full blown operating system. Whilst PC Mag has already produced a hands on walk through that I shan’t be repeating, and Techcrunch gave their ...

The Secret To Writing A Practical, How-To Blog Post

We get told to write “how to” posts and “practical” posts, but ever sit and wonder what to do a practical, how to blog post on? That’s what Mark Dorey asked in one of our conversations this week, and I’ve got to say, it challenged me to think through what the secret is to it ...

Video: What One Man Can Do, Another Can Do

Many, many years ago I was frustrated that I wasn’t experiencing the successes in my life that I saw others were. People would do things that I wanted to do, but I excused them as impossible for me to ever attain. There’s no surprise then that I was also jealous of people – wanting what ...

5 Things You Need To Blog Every Month

I’ve been thinking about how people can better their blogs in 2011, beyond the general “write better content” or “do 5 steps to…” type of advice. Of all the different types of people who read this blog and the different types of content I post here, one large demographic is people who are in the media / ...

Are You *That* Person? And What To Do About It

I’ll admit it if you will – many times I’ve been the person you don’t want to meet at the cocktail party. You know, that person, the one who talks at you the whole time about their job, dropping names like they are going out of fashion with an exciting story that always trumps anything ...

Why I Don’t Complain On Twitter, And Why You Could

It’s hard to resist having a good moan on Twitter, especially when something or someone isn’t doing their job and we hope that our moaning, combined with our perceived influence, will get us special attention. The trouble is that your complaining, whilst seemingly resolving your current short term frustration, might be causing you long term ...

Video: Steve Jobs on Apple and Value, in 1997

Has your brand lost power in an over-saturated market? With thanks to Trey Pennington, this short little video from Steve Jobs back in 1997 provides exceptional insight into using values in marketing to multiple the power of your brand. I found it’s been valuable for me to watch this because in some instances when we talk so ...