As a geek dad this caught my eye: Agile programming for your family?! Make your family a self-managing team.
Feiler’s 3-plank Agile family manifesto
- Adapt all the time
- stay flexible
- don’t listen only to ‘experts’
- hook up with new ideas
- be open minded
- let the best ideas win
- weekly family meeting, 20 mins. ask
- What worked well?
- What didn’t work well?
- What can we all agree on to work on this week?
- Empower children
- stop ordering your children around
- enlist them in their own upbringing
- they come up with punishments and rewards
- plan their own goals
- set weekly schedules
- evaluate themselves
- succeed and fail on their own terms
- less what they do wrong, more on what they do right
- give them the tools to make themselves happy
- Tell your story
- as bedrock context for adaptability
- preserve the core
- define mission, core values, family mission statement
- tell story of family, where we came from
- difficult situations overcome
- family strengths and successes
- retell the positive and overcoming negative stories
- make a family manifesto
Happiness is not something we find, it’s something we make. Greatness is not a circumstance, it’s a choice. What’s the secret to a happy family? Try.
A few things I’ve gathered from my SXSWi notes:
- Create a compelling immersive story for fans to experience and shape
- Shine a light on similar bands, brands
- Partner brands make things possible that weren’t
- It’s all about a narrative driven experience
- Partner with what you need
- People want to TELL stories
- Engage where people are, not build new channels
- Tech shouldn’t upstage experience
- Get people together in physical space
I could not have been more impressed by Seth Preibatsch’s keynote at SXSWi (w/audio recording). A 21 year old who dropped out of Princeton after his first year, Seth started SVNGR, a location based service that makes checking in into a scavenger hunt and other games. His energy, presentation, insight, humor, and content were all right on. He wasn’t a smug, cynical hipster opportunist geek like so many presenters. He was humble enough for someone I expected to be brash. He won me over from the beginning.
He said that in the last ten years we added the social layer to the web and in the next ten we’ll add the game layer. Then he went on to talk about all the stuff the game layer can fix, like education, by re-engineering motivations and rewards. Rewarding your participants is key for game makers, and your business is a game. It is by creating Epic Meaning for people that they become blissfully productive.
The first thing you’ll find when you flip through his slides are his ideas about how bad grades and failing are as motivations for school along with some suggestions for how we could have students level-up like a video game and remove some demotivation.
He had us play two games during the session. In the first he asked the audience to start clapping. They did, like applause. Then he asked them to synch up and clap a beat. They did in about 20 secs, it was a big crowd. He pointed out how quickly and easily a totally decentralized task can be accomplished
The second game was brought up in the context of how to solve global warming. Everyone had a colored card. The object was to trade cards while staying seated, and arrive at every row being a solid color. He gave them 2:30 to do it, and if they did, he would contribute $10K to a wildlife charity.
The audience accomplished the goal in 1:30 and he pointed out that the task was accomplished in a way that would have been impossible for a centralized government, that the hope of what the game layer can accomplish is taking an impossible problem and making it simply very difficult. All this from a 21 year old!
Matt Van Horn
I saw Matt Van Horn speak at SXSWi on how to be audacious enough to build business relationships from nothing. Here are my notes:
- make a list of your top ten companies and stalk them
- send quick 2-3 line emails (w/in 48hrs of meeting)
- mention one unique thing about yourself to help them remember you
- add them on your social network
- add value! do some research and thinking about how you can help them
- get a 1 on 1
- read Never Eat Alone
- fit as much info in the subject line as possible, very helpful
- LinkedIn is great for search (b/c of degrees of separation, FB could kill them if their search did this) and nothing else, don’t use to contact people
- Twitter is great for @replies for getting on people’s radar, pre-introduction
- Dunbar’s number says we can only maintain 150 connections, know yours, choose them wisely
- Major relationship decay occurs after 9 months of not seeing someone so make sure you at least contact important connections every 3-6 months
- get interesting people together, example: when you visit somewhere, tell all your friends to come to a happy hour and introduce them
- build a personal board of directors, mentors with whom you keep monthly contact
- when you go to a conference make a list of 10 must-meet people and find connections, introductions