Boundary Conditions

They Need To Be Understood

But there is so much more.

For the longest time, my sentence description for what I do is ‘translate’

Tech Speak to Business Speak.

Sales Speak to Marketing Speak.

English Speak To American Speak.

Corporate Speak to Customer Speak.

I didn’t start that way … but when I look back at what I have done and attempt to explain what some would consider to be an eclectic career – that is the common thread. Back in 2012 I wrote this.

I was prompted to write this as I was thinking today about a dialogue I had with a good friend of mine around the People First initiative … dialogue modified  to make sense out of context …

ME: I am thinking that IF People First is focussing on the future present of work …. (since ALL language you read is really about impact on corporations and society – not really on the individual), then one aspect I want to be talked about is IF you are an individual – what is the language YOU should use?

For example …. I am not ‘talent’. You are not going to ‘acquire me’, so why does a corporation talk about ‘talent acquisition’. On the flip side – I have mobility and can move around and YOU dear corporation have to jump to this piper, who is playing my tune.

Make sense ?


Friend: Makes sense.

I don’t frame it as a ‘corporate and you’ thing.

I frame it as an understanding, sense making and modelling thing where the refreshed and healthier models can live in various contexts.


ME: I frame it as the interface / intersection where the translation occurs. That is where I hang out, always have done – which in turn plays to …

“ an understanding, sense making and modelling thing where the refreshed and healthier models can live in various contexts.”

Flagging and highlighting this now and will come back to it later.

Really Simple Syndication …

… It Isn’t Your Dad’s News


I met someone the other day and having looked over their website, I happened to mention that the RSS feed from the site’s blog was called ‘RSS Feed’ – and not something useful like ‘John’s RSS Feed For All Things Amazing’ …..

The reply :

“It’s so funny when you mentioned the RSS feed – I didn’t know people still did that so I’ll definitely look into it.”

This person strikes me as very bolted into the world of business and tech, definitely switched on to the social media circus circuit … and her response is all too typical of what I hear from so many people. Which in turn means that I think it is one of the most serious issues we face today.

Surely you jest Mr. Philpin? I do not ….


(Consider the news that emerged over the weekend that Facebook 'unknowingly' sold advertising to Russian Troll Farms ..

"The ads -- both traditional advertisements and sponsored posts -- were intended to sow discord among the American electorate by amplifying "divisive social and political messages," Stamos said. These ranged from "LGBT matters to race issues to immigration to gun rights."

Allow that to sink in for a moment - and I know you would never be caught out by such obvious false influences .... except you are. We all are. All the time. That is why the art of the con is alive and well.

And no, RSS doesn't fix that all by itself - but it sure does help.

I wrote a long reply to my new friend about why RSS was important … and when it was finished, decided not to send it, but rather turn it into a blog post and just send the link, because it is something I come across a lot. This article is a personal position on RSS, a recognition that it needs to get easier and a plea that really – if you want news – getting it from your Social Feeds is not a good idea. Continue reading

Deeper Vocabulary …

… or does he mean broader?

I guess what I’m trying to say is, if, as Boas famously claimed, the Eskimos have dozens of words for “snow,” then in an emerging knowledge work society, we should have more than a handful of words to describe the mental efforts on which, more and more, our livelihoods depend.

Needless to say, I agree completely with the sentiments.

I am not an advocate of never changing language – but I do like it to be used correctly. e.g. (or ‘i.e.’ as too many people write), the use of ‘e.g.’

Read The Whole Thing Here.

Stick To What You Know

I like Scott Galloway, when he sticks to what he knows.

On brand, he knows a lot. And he is all about brand. So much so that he of all people should know what it means to stick to your brand. He didn’t. Not on this occasion.

This was his podcast on the 23rd of this month. The caption reads :

Why is Apple a loser? L2 Founder and NYU Stern Professor Scott Galloway calls Tim Cook’s concern about consumers’ privacy disingenuous.

I am not going to waste my time rekeying what he said. It’s not worth my time. Its not even worth my time to relisten to what he said. He is wrong. He is not just wrong because I disagree with him, he is wrong because of the massive over simplification he is making about the situation. He also weakens his argument by introduces a totally unconnected piece of crap at the end of the piece (but that is a different story.)

I heard it and was going to ignore it, but then two days later he produced this …

https://www.l2inc.com/scott-galloway-on-apple-vs-fbi-sorry-not-sorry/2016/blog

Turn out that his listeners – at a ratio of 10 to 1 agreed with me. And so, he responded. Don’t worry. It’s just more rambling, ill-informed, spurious crap.

I will go back to listening to him when he gets back to brand, or learns about the issues he rambles on about.

Meanwhile – some thoughts on why he is wrong (just from this site you are on now!)

Pandora |
Our Security … Ours |
What Moral Authority |
Why This Argument Is Important |

 

Lost In Translation

And Found In Illustration

It’s an uphill battle because the two sides are often speaking different languages. Impressions, amplification, reach, true reach, audience, fans, followers and engagement are not as clearly defined to everyone as they may be to those of you reading this paper. It’s like having dinner with a bunch of people in the health care industry who are talking HCAHPS, HIPAA requirements and ACOs — the details are lost in translation, and if you were asked to remember what you heard the next day, you’d be S.O.L.

Lost In Translation

The source of the quote above doesn’t matter. what matters is over and over again how we fail to understand who we are talking to and how they are observing.

There is no point broadcasting if there is nobody receiving.