Motivation and being happy

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Cleaning out – uploading ‘stuff’

Unexpectedly a couple of links to TED talks.

For some reason, I made notes about these on a plane… maybe they’ll make someone who hasn’t seen them, watch them.

Daniel Pink

(‘In the C20th…Management did not emanate from nature… somebody invented it. And it doesn’t mean its going to work forever…’)

Intrinsic motivation:

The desire to do things because they matter, because we like it, because because they’re interesting, they’re part of something important

Fedex time, 20% Time – the results only work environment

Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose the building blocks of a new way of doing things.

Traditional notions of management are great if you want compliance. But if you want engagement, self-direction works better.

Think again about motivation – they don’t always work for every task.

3 Conclusions

1. 20th C rewards “if then” motivators we think are natural do work, but only in a surprisingly narrow band of circumstances
2. If…then rewards often destroy creativity
3. The secret to high performance isn’t rewards and punishments but that unseen intrinsic drive the drive to do things for their own sake, because they matter.

Alain de Botton

Happiness – A kinder, gentler philosophy of success (a lot of ideas and some deep implications packed in here!!):

Easy to get a good job, very hard to be happy.

Not necessarily materialistic – society has pegged emotional rewards to acquisition of material things – we crave the emotional reward


Meritocracy a ridiculous idea if you take it to its extremes self help books – you can do it – but any position in life becomes purely a result of merit – “an unfortunate” vs ” a loser” 400 years of evolution – who’s responsible for our lives? but too many random factors

envy (dominant emotion in modern society?) driven by equality – they’re just like me – when you can’t relate to somebody, you don’t envy them

Made to feel by media etc that likelihood of becoming Bill Gates is much greater than acceding to the French Aristocracy

A real correlation between a society that tells people they can do anything and the existence of low self esteem

Fear of ridicule linked to a lack of understanding/appreciation learning from Tragedy – Hamlet is not a ‘loser’ but he has lost

Lack of anything transcendent at the core of our lives, for the first time…

You can’t be successful at everything…

Definition of success (where does it come from? Are they our own?) Any vision of success has to admit where the element of loss is

Don’t give up on visions of success – interrogate them and own them.


Control – Alt – DTweet

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Came up with this in an attempt to stick with Twitter and to cope with the irritation of wading through tons of screen estate to get to anything clever or worthwhile.

The correct response to super abundance of information is not to add to the noise but to strengthen the signal.

I’m really not interested in what sandwich you had, or that retweet about ‘Thought leader X’ (Yes that includes Jason Fried and co. if the above reference has you twitching) If I know who they are I probably subscribe to their RSS feed (as I do) and if I don’t you’d be better off telling me what they said. Telling me that you like a song or that a restaurant is great/shite is NOT the same as telling me that Elton John is on the radio or you had lunch at Starbucks.

I know this means I probably don’t ‘get’ twitter but there you are. See here.

If you try to push product or yourself to me too much or you haven’t got anything interesting to say and/or include too much that is not interesting I will:


you and you’re gone…

You are the weakest/emptiest/loudest tweet, goodbye.

The following (with apologies to Marche Noir) may help if 140 characters is too much:

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Bear Rammage

Not a very nice man.

Yes its Charles Manson – guru, icon and all round inciter of grotesque and pointless violence and slaughter.

In case you were wondering, he said:

“Do you feel blame? Are you mad? Uh, do you feel like wolf kabob Roth vantage? Gefrannis booj pooch boo jujube; bear-ramage. Jigiji geeji geeja geeble google. Do you begep flagaggle vaggle veditch-waggle bagga?”

If you want to see it all in one go try tofulator

The point of all this?

None really – 2 dimensions of non-entity:

1. “Bear rammage” has become my verbal shorthand for either the rapid decent from lucidity and meaning into gibberish or the manifest use of bollox and passion to hide shortcomings – as in ‘yes I was at that meeting, they were talking a load of bear rammage’

2. It seems to have become a meme at ytmnd and in the intertubes leading to the hysterical (imho) version below:

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That is all. Carry on begep flagaggle vaggle veditch-waggle bagga.

Change we can believe in

A bit bloggy to just stick this up without sharing thoughts about the impact of the man and his ideas, but loved it when I saw it. via Boing Boing

Perhaps new and revolutionary ideas are also being developed and tested in the manner in which Shepherd Fairey (the creator of the original Obama poster) is being sued by the AP (Creationists) although both he and the original photographer (Evolutionists) aren’t bothered by it. Fairy also gave away all money generated for him by it. In fact, Fairey even hosts copies/mash-ups of his own work.

Certainly the AP ‘owned’ the photographer who took the photograph (uncropped image here) but all of this does feel to me a bit like trying to defend an old idea against the observable evidence of a new one…

What did you make today?…

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Obviously as soon as I decided that working for Advertising/Marketing Communication Agencies is going against Ray Kurzwiel‘s collection of charts (as cited in the excellent Kevin Kelly article ‘The origins of progress‘) and was thus not really for me…

…within no time (ok…a couple of months) there follows a flurry (actually… only 2) interesting pieces about why Advertising Agencies should ‘make’ things:

Ad Age talking about widgets

and BBH (via Ad Age) effectively talking about themselves (how un-Ad Agency like…) but saying something interesting.

(I particularly liked this comment:

“Are you kidding me Mr. Bogle? BBH needs to gain “empathy and commercial awareness of what our clients go through”…

What have you been getting paid for again? It should be shocking for any client to learn what a former beam of creative genius like BBH is doing these days to claim relevance: “Zag takes agency staffers out of the creative bubble and into the world of business as experienced by their own clients.”

Hello: you were supposed to GUIDE clients through their business challenges. Are you telling us, that you have been hiding in your ‘creative bubble’ all those years so that do do your job now you would first need to brush up your ‘experience in business’. If I was your client, I would have assumed you were done interning during college.

As much as I respect creative agencies’ attempts at interdisciplinary thinking and their desperate need for non-creative revenue streams: your rationale behind Zag sure exposes the irrelevance of your core business. Shocking.



All this obviously didn’t come soon enough for me. Read the rest of this entry »

5/11/08 – No comment…

Hope speaks for itself…

And in the best of all possible worlds acts for itself.

More than enough ink and talking head time already spent on US ’08.

Just two items from seperate articles on the Creative Review blog which in my mind are linked:

The iconic – Shepard Fairey, again enough said – already a point of reference


The real hope – postcard from Anthony Burrill

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What do the following words mean?



I think they mean further evidence that the traditional marketing model is still as broken as in February 2004 when Jim Stengel, Procter & Gamble’s CMO, told a room full of ad agency executives at the American Association of Advertising Agencies’ Media Conference, that it was. Read the rest of this entry »