Musings: Ignoring Limits

Our short musings on design, branding, business and the human condition.

Most of us are awed by the marathon runners who push past their physical and mental limits (sometimes frighteningly so!) and move on to do something impressive. But it’s much harder (and less socially acceptable) to do that kind of scratching and clawing within an organization. Great brands, excellent products, impressive results — all of these things are done by people without excuses, individuals who have ignored the limits inside themselves, or those imposed by others. Why not bring a little of that limitless thinking to our everyday work?

Musings: Assertiveness

Our short musings on design, branding, business and the human condition.

Probably one of the most underrated assets in co-workers, employees, and people in general is assertiveness. Not to be confused with aggressiveness, assertive workers strike first, asking “How will I do that?” or “Why shouldn’t I?” They are the people who expect to get that prospect meeting, those who introduce themselves to the famous speaker, and those who live by the adage, “It’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission.”

They take action, make things happen, and don’t wait to be told to go for it. Within an organization, this personal makeup is golden, and often makes up for other areas where someone is less talented. Is assertiveness on your radar?

Musings: Getting There

Because fewer words are often more powerful, our musings are short thoughts on design, branding, business and the human condition.

Great work is hugely important, because it sets you apart, it gets results, maybe even wins awards. But how do you get there? If behind your successful outcomes lurks the wreckage of strained relationships, frustration, abused vendors, and shaking heads, is it worth it? You don’t want people describing your work with a caveat of “Yes, but…” People will remember the great work and results you do, but their most vivid memories will be how you treated people and went about your business — behind the curtain. That’s why it’s so crucial to reach your goals the right way.