Facades

In Business … Not Just Architecture

I published this to BizCatalyst recently … the essence being that in America it seems to this Englishman that there is a long standing tradition of using facades to so many office and house designs, to make them appear ‘grander’ than they are. Even barns when you look around.

I compared that thinking to business and found some worrying things. So, ask yourself these questions about your business …

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Snopes Needs Saving

Bigly


It’s sad that this should happen to Snopes – but if ever there was a lesson to be had about controlling your own digital presence – this has to be close to number one.

We had previously contracted with an outside vendor to provide certain services for Snopes.com. That contractual relationship ended earlier this year, but the vendor will not acknowledge the change in contractual status and continues to essentially hold the Snopes.com web site hostage. Although we maintain editorial control (for now), the vendor will not relinquish the site’s hosting to our control, so we cannot modify the site, develop it, or — most crucially — place advertising on it. The vendor continues to insert their own ads and has been withholding the advertising revenue from us.

I don’t’ know exactly what is going on – (though the Atlantic has a great read on it) but to me it bottoms out to the fact that the Snopes team did not have a secure way to handle the admin access to their site and the people that do have it are not handing it over. Legal arguments aside, if they still controlled their own DNS – they wouldn’t be in this position …. would they?
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Using A Pole To Get Ahead

And I’m Not Talking About Pole Vaulting

This article was first published on BizCatalyst360 here, in answer to an article that a fellow contributor had written.

I read – and of course commented – on a recent article in BIZCATALYST 360° – a fine publication that if you don’t already track, follow and read … you should.

Great organizations pole-vault over the bar of their past successes and continue raising the Bar along with their goals. It is these Pole – Vaulting teams which set the pace of what their followers will one day benchmark. Industries that are going through disruption must stop benchmarking the past doing so is the game of Limbo.

Ray Stasieczko

Hard to argue with that … but I want to look at the challenge through a different lens – whilst keeping the metaphor, because, I have to say, I like the visual and it provided a great analogy, but somehow, I felt there was more, well not so much ‘more’ .. as different.

Here’s The Problem

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For Better And Worse

It’s A Particle And A Wave

It’s a little deep for the weekend, but what the hell..

I read this today …  and to quote Dave;

I’d like to have a channel that’s for serious releases only. If something is a maintenance release, or just the beginning of an idea, it wouldn’t be thought of as important. However, when a technology has matured and is ready for other minds to consider it, there ought to be a way to get it looked at.

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