Mark Michael

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Mark Michael

22 hours ago

"Friction is anything that gets in the way of a customer and a task. Put another way, it’s any obstacle that prevents a user from trying or using a product or service."

Amazon’s Friction-Killing Tactics To Make Products More Seamless

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Mark Michael

22 hours ago

"When retail brands no longer help users narrow product options, much of the burden of decision-making shifts back to the user."

What’s an Ingredient Brand? Only the Future of Retail

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Mark Michael

22 hours ago

"Strategy as learning is an executive activity characterized by ongoing cycles of testing and adjusting, fueled by data that can only be obtained through execution."

Your Strategy Should Be a Hypothesis You Constantly Adjust

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Mark Michael

64 days ago

"If cognitive diversity is what we need to succeed in dealing with new, uncertain, and complex situations, we need to encourage people to reveal and deploy their different modes of thinking. We need to make it safe to try things multiple ways."

Teams Solve Problems Faster When They’re More Cognitively Diverse

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Mark Michael

64 days ago

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos once said, “If we can keep our competitors focused on us while we stay focused on the customer, ultimately we’ll turn out all right.” I take this one step further: If you can stay focused on eliminating the obstacles along your customers’ journeys, your company will turn out much more than all right.

Obsess Over Your Customers, Not Your Rivals

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Mark Michael

64 days ago

What determines your success isn’t “What do you want to enjoy?” The question is, “What pain do you want to sustain?”

You probably know to ask yourself, “What do I want?” Here’s a way better question

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Mark Michael

64 days ago

"If you want to go far, borrow the mindset known in Zen Buddhism as shoshin, or learner's mind. That means you don't pretend to know it all but are open to learning and growth and development, with a mind that's fresh and enthusiastic and free of bias."

7 ways successful people have better mindsets

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Mark Michael

64 days ago

"The benefits of contemplation through narrative offer another story ... reading creates new white matter in the brain, which improves system-wide communication. White matter carries information between regions of grey matter, where any information is processed. Not only does reading increase white matter, it helps information be processed more efficiently."

How Reading Rewires Your Brain for More Intelligence and Empathy

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Mark Michael

65 days ago

"If success is a catalyst for failure because it leads to the 'undisciplined pursuit of more,' then one simple antidote is the disciplined pursuit of less."

The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

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Mark Michael

66 days ago

"The single most important thing a boss can do, Scott has learned, is focus on guidance: giving it, receiving it, and encouraging it. Guidance, which is fundamentally just praise and criticism, is usually called “feedback,” but feedback is screechy and makes us want to put our hands over our ears. Guidance is something most of us long for."

Radical Candor — The Surprising Secret to Being a Good Boss

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Mark Michael

67 days ago

"An industry becomes susceptible to disruption when it becomes entrenched in its longstanding solutions and financial structure. Disruptive innovations provide simpler or more elegant solutions to existing problems, enabled by new technology and often at a lower cost."

The Business Consulting Industry Is Booming, and It's About to Be Disrupted

inc.com

Mark Michael

70 days ago

"If it’s normal, it’s average. If it’s average, it’s probably closer to mediocre than you really want to be."

Mediocrity is a Virus. Here’s How to Banish it from Your Life.

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Mark Michael

70 days ago

"Businesses today are constantly generating enormous amounts of data, but that doesn’t always translate to actionable information."

Why You’re Not Getting Value from Your Data Science

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Mark Michael

70 days ago

"You are not the work you do; you are the person you are."

The Work You Do, the Person You Are

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Mark Michael

70 days ago

"The best thinking comes from structured reflection."

The More Senior Your Job Title, the More You Need to Keep a Journal

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Mark Michael

70 days ago

"The best way to get attention is to say that everything has changed – and, conveniently, that you have the best solution in response."

The biggest lies that digital marketers tell themselves

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Mark Michael

72 days ago

How do Google, Facebook and IDEO jumpstart the process that leads to innovation? Often by using the same three words: "How Might We."

The Secret Phrase Top Innovators Use

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Mark Michael

72 days ago

"The big-data revolution has reinforced the belief that all business decisions should be reached through scientific analysis. But this approach has its limits, and it tends to narrow strategic options and hinder innovation."

Management Is Much More Than a Science

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Mark Michael

78 days ago

"It’s funny to realize, after envying Wallace’s brain so much, that he frequently didn’t like having such a singular device. He didn’t like being a genius, so he treasured what wasn’t."

The David Foster Wallace Disease

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Mark Michael

78 days ago

"Almost every major retailer, from grocery chains to investment banks to the U.S. Postal Service, has a predictive analytics department devoted to understanding not just consumers’ shopping habits but also their personal habits, so as to more efficiently market to them."

How Companies Learn Your Secrets

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Mark Michael

78 days ago

"These are the books that you’ll keep coming back to, over and over, through your career."

10 books that will make you a better writer (and why)

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Mark Michael

78 days ago

"When you have a really tough problem, it often helps to expand skill domains beyond specialists in a single field. Many believe it is just these kinds of unlikely combinations that are key to coming up with breakthroughs."

The 4 Types of Innovation and the Problems They Solve

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Mark Michael

79 days ago

"A reader recently wrote to me, 'If it can’t be used for evil, it’s not a superpower.' He’s right. And under this definition, habit design is indeed a super power."

How Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest Hook Users

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Mark Michael

80 days ago

"Effective creativity—the kind that drives growth and business performance—comes from “working the problem” and having in place disciplined management practices that can foster sparks of insight and then shepherding them into tangible business outcomes."

Creativity’s bottom line: How winning companies turn creativity into business value and growth

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Mark Michael

86 days ago

If your segment is populated by different people who want different things, it is not a segment. It’s a joke and so are your skills as a marketer.

Mark Ritson: Only crap marketers mistake stereotypes for segments

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Mark Michael

86 days ago

That feeling. You’re stuck. Nothing is coming out right, and you can’t seem to figure out what to do.

7 Tips for Breaking Through Creative Roadblocks

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Mark Michael

86 days ago

There are seven elements of a creative personality, so if you’re thinking about quitting your job as a lawyer or stock analyst to go on tour with your band or finally write that novel, you might want to consider the list below.

How To Tell If You're Creative (Hint: You Might Be A Bit Of A Jerk)

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Mark Michael

86 days ago

Sometimes you have to know when to zig where others zag.

17 Counterintuitive Things The Most Successful People Do

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Mark Michael

86 days ago

“Several brain regions, and the connections between them, were what was most important to general intelligence.”

The Secret To Creativity, Intelligence, And Scientific Thinking

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Mark Michael

86 days ago

The reader wants to see; your job is to do the pointing.

This column will change your life: how to think about writing

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Mark Michael

86 days ago

There's way too much consensus. Way too much cordiality. Way too little controversy.

Advertising Needs Troublemakers

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Mark Michael

86 days ago

Investigation leads to information: information leads to the solution.

WHY GOOD PEOPLE ARE DIFFICULT

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Mark Michael

86 days ago

What if boredom is a meaningful experience—one that propels us to states of deeper thoughtfulness or creativity?

How Being Bored Out of Your Mind Makes You More Creative

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Mark Michael

707 days ago

The real crime being perpetrated by the reputation culture: stamping out passion; stamping out the individual.

Bret Easton Ellis on Living in the Cult of Likability

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