What would you say?

March 30, 2009

On Triiibes the other day Chris Hopf from Pricingwire.com asked a really good question… “If you had only two sentences to share your most valuable business advice, what would those two sentences be ?”

my answer:
“Do well by doing good… it’s not about doing the thing right, it’s about doing the right thing“, keep to that and you can’t go wrong as far as I’m concerned.

As to a life philosophy, “Value unity, not uniformity. You can walk hand in hand without seeing eye to eye on every issue”

Yesterday Triiibes exploded, when 2,000 new members came knocking on the door, it’s been impossible to keep up or welcome all the new faces, who cover an incredibly broad range of people & talents. But there’s one that stood out from the crowd for me Allee Willis (& Wikipedia). You may not know the name, but you certainly know her songs, of which she has sold over 50,000,000 recordings!

Here’s a few:
Boogie Wonderland & September (Earth Wind & Fire)
Neutron Dance (Pointer Sisters)
Soundtrack: Beverly Hills Cop (Grammy Winner)
I’ll Be There: Theme tune of Friends

Check out her website & the Wiki link for a lot more, you’ll be impressed.

Anyway, regardless of all the back history, which as I said is impressive, the reason Allee stood out for me, was because of the video below, in Allee’s own words “Jerrie, the 91 yr. old going on 30, is recovering from hip surgery so snare and hi hat, hands only drumming, is all that’s possible.”

As the lyrics of “Old Folks Boogie” by Little Feat go, “You know you’re over the hill, when your mind makes a promise, that your body can’t fulfill”: Jerrie is living proof that you gotta to use it or lose it, she’s an inspiration to us all, amazing stuff!

Seth Godin Podcast

December 7, 2008

I had the good fortune to arrange a live webcast with Seth Godin, to discuss his latest book. The original idea was by Elizabeth Cook, but as I’ve been doing webcasts since 1999, I said I’d be happy to help out. This was actually recorded on the 12th September, before his book was released, so I’ve been keeping it under wraps (it was only available to triiibes.com members), but as it’s already appeared on the open web, I thought I’d put a link to it and remove the passwords.

Podcast Link

Tribes Q&A

November 18, 2008

Here’s another free eBook created by the guys in Triiibes
unlike the case studies ebook, this time, this one has been laid out properly (by Paul “Bolofeesh” Durban) and has been edited to make it a better read. Paul’s even created a Kinetic Typography style video to entice you (there’s obviously a lot more to Paul than just feesh!?)

How to be a Leader

October 22, 2008

Make your passion your goal & be committed to it
Be true to your ideology
Wear your values on your sleeve
Listen with an open mind
Speak from the heart
Be honest, most of all to yourself
Give respect where it’s due
Know when you’re right
Admit when you’re wrong
Give your audience what they want & be generous
and most of all
Be an inspiration & make a difference
Your tribe will gather, and when they do
Empower them to do the same

To read more of the same you can get a free eBook full of case studies the guys on Triiibes contributed.

Are You Ready to Lead?

October 14, 2008


In the morning the disciple would awake before dawn
He would draw water from the well & carry it up the hill
He would clean & sweep the temple
He would pick fresh mangoes, wash, slice & prepare them
He would grind coffee by hand
He would boil the water
He would awake the guru at sun rise
He would wash him
He would dress him
He would prepare the Guru’s seat
He would sit quietly, while the Guru ate
He would clear everything away
He would then sit in silence, listening to the Guru’s words of wisdom

He did this every morning for years, until one day…
He awoke
He collected the water
He picked the fruit
He prepared it
He ground the coffee
He boiled the water
He sat on the veranda and consumed the lot, as he watched the sun come up
He had a pang of guilt for what he had just done
How will the Guru react?
He turned, only to find the Guru standing quietly behind him, smiling from ear to ear
He said to the disciple “so now you’re a Guru”

Only you, can decide when it’s time & when you’re ready to lead

To read more of the same you can get a free eBook full of case studies the guys on Triiibes contributed.