Cube 62 – Feedback & Signals: Little Things for Success

You look down the fairway, see the flag waving in the breeze. You have calculated your shot based on the distance, elevation change, wind, and obstacles you can see or believe to be around.

You line up the shot, swing your club, and send the ball towards the green.

This cube mixes parts of Built to Last by Jim Collins with The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge. Looking at core elements of improving and achieving your goals.

 

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Starting Questions:

  1. What was the strongest through that came to mind as you listened the first time?
  2. What is one reinforcing or rebalancing system you deal with?
  3. What is one reinforcing or rebalancing system you could improve upon?

 

Cube 61 – How to Get Things Done

 You have a dream. You might or might now know what it is, but there is something that you deep down want to do.

This cube deals with starting out on a path to achieve your dream, or getting things done (GTD). No matter if it is skysurfing, building a company, making a podcast or other art.

It takes the short Ted Talk by Matt Cutts (you can view below) and part of the book Linchpin by Seth Godin. Seth presents a plan, Matt does too, but you might see then after the same general steps, or you might not. That’s for you to decide.

 

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Starting Questions:

  1. Does Matt Cutts follow the steps that Seth Godin spelled out? Do you?
  2. How do you find a balance between starting & finishing (the two sides people have the most issue with)?

Cube60 – Overcoming Adversity

We live in turbulent times.

Employees are being laid off.
Unions are on strike.
Big companies threaten on your little business you have run.
Your investments look like their value dropped 10+% this week.

Basically, if you are not an all-powerful god, then this cube is for you & focused on what to do in the face of adversity. Featuring TWiT 308 (around 1 hour & 42 minute mark)  & Ray Lewis on ESPN’s NFL Live.

 

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Starting Questions:

  1. How are you expanding your capabilities and fanbase?
  2. What was the word of encouragement that struck you the most?
  3. When was the last time you helped someone; no matter if you received payment or not, when did you make someone else’s life better?

SartingCube Top Downloads – July 2011

Seems like just last week the Top Downloads for June 2011 was being released, but here we are, one month later & many new episodes. Work on Cube 60 is already underway, Cube 50 had just been released when the Top Downloads for June post was released.

#1. Cube 55 – Security, Responsibility & $100 Start-ups

 

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People who take responsibility for their own security are better off, no matter if you are in the self-employed category or not.

I think part of the draw to this episode was the $100 Start-ups part. There are many $100 Start-up options now a days, especially with us being in a service based economy, where if you have knowledge and the ability to communicate, you can find people to coach, train, teach, consult, advise, or encourage.

 

#2. Cube 50 – How to Change

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A very special cube for me. It sums up some of the major reasons for doing StartingCube.

  • promote ideas
  • educate people

An ironic thing is that by doing StartingCube I have had to be discipline enough to consume more media, take better notes, and produce on a consistent basis. I am better as a coach, entrepeneur, investor, father, friend, and person by doing his.

 

T#3. Cube 56 – How to Solve [the most] Complex Problems

 

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The presentation by Tim Harford has been one I have shared many times since this episode.

Another economist, Mike Hammock, first introduced me to Tim’s writing. He recommended the book The Undercover Economist. It’s a good starting point for anyone interested in economics, but don’t want to read a textbook.

 

T#3. Cube 53 – Unseen Freedom

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This one was a playful take on freedom. In the picture, the wakeboarder is being drug by the boat. To wakeboard, do tricks, or really make progress he must not be “free” of the boat totally, but at the same time, the wakeboarder and not the captain of the boat decides what he does at the end of the rope.

One way the captain could attempt to control the wakeboarder is to cut the length of the rope. This would insure the wakeboarder would not go “out of bounds” but would drop much of his creativity and options, thus giving an inferior run.

Many times, this is the same thing that happens when centralized panning happens. Yes, people do as the “designer”/”leader” desires, but the result is inferior to what it could have been.

 

T#3. Cube 52 – What Does it Take to Build? Vision, Security, People

 

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Do you want to build something great?

Share your vision

Get great people involved

and offer them enough security.

Without those steps, it’s hard to build greatness. Now the security is relative. When building the Golden Gate Bridge, by modern standards, there was very little security provided the workers … but there was enough.

Want to demoralize or run off all the great people of your organization … cause them to wonder if they will be jumped on the next meeting.

 

T#3. Cube 51 – The Right Stuff !?!?!

 

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The decisions we made in the past got us to this point, but we don’t always look at the big picture.

Some decisions have a low long term effect, others set our path in a verity of ways.

The biggest things one can do to limit options are go into major debt, or secure major assets that are hard to sell or move (like a big house).

So, are you a monkey stuck eating oranges handed to you … do you want to be something better?

 

Closing Thoughts

The past few episodes (including Cube 60 to be released tomorrow) have been interesting. I have been very happy with the results, but they have also been harder. I would love some feedback on them & am looking for people who would like to help out. Let me know.

These have been especially interesting to me:

The other thing I know is that going back and listening to old episodes of StartingCube has been really good for me. Hope you try the same.

 

Cube59 – Do More : Building Fans & Customers

All organizations, and most people, are looking for more fans, supporters, volunteers, employees, customers, or simply put people who like them and what them to win.

This cube draws from two sources:
- Real Life Real Estate Investing, a radio show out of Cincinnati, OH, hosted by Vena Jones-Cox & released as a podcast.
- Thou Shall Prosper by Rabbi Daniel Lapin

The specific episode of Real Life Real Estate Investing originally aired the 29th of June 2011 [mp3 & rss]

The clips from Thou Shall Prosper come from the timestamps of roughly 6:54:30 and 8:48:12 into the close to 18 hour audiobook full of great thoughts and information.

 

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Starting Questions:

  1. Are there things you do that if you could not others would be lost & you need to write more down?
  2. How are you building stuff to make your fans/supporters/volunteers/employees/customers achieve their goals?
  3. How can you better communicate with people?

Cube58 – College vs Pro

Ben Roethlisberger is a Superbowl Winning Quarterback, who ended up in the wrong place & suspended from the NFL.

Merril Hoge is a former NFL quarterback & NFL analyst who came alongside Ben in his dark time and mentored him.

 

This cube pulls from Drive by Danial Pink, specifically the chapter titled “Autonomy”. It presents a small section, then shifts to an episode of ESPN’s NFL Live where Merril Hoge tells a little about his relationship with Ben. Tony Dungy adds some insight, he has also mentored NFL players who got into trouble.

 

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Starting Questions:

  1. Which of these is it more important and less important for you to have control or influence over? task, time, technique, team
  2. Have you seen situations, settings, or systems that teaches or helps people to accept more responsibility or autonomy?
  3. Any other thoughts?

Cube57 – Your Dream v1.0

There are many paths one can take to make their dreams. This cube looks at several options out there through ideas and stories of how the world has worked.

Part of the cube is the video embedded below by The Fund for American Studies, is covers the first and last part of the cube. In between is a slightly different viewpoint (or is it?) from Derek Sivers‘ book Anything You Want

 

Both stories being told have similarities and differences.

 

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Starting Questions:

  1. What is a similarity of the approach for building an organization both suggested?
  2. If you could summaries a plan or strategy  for building a company, what would some first steps be for each?
  3. Are you trying to serve too many people, or do too much too fast?

Cube56 – How to Solve Complex Problems

Some problems are simple, then you have big complex problems.

Many look to solve complex problems through finding that one magic bullet to make everything sunshine & rainbows.

Tim Harford presents in a ted talk about a way to solve the most complex problems.

 

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Starting Questions:

  1. Is there a person, organization, government, or business that you have put too much dependence on?
  2. If you don’t have the time or resources to do all the experiments, how else could you find solutions to complex problems?
  3. Where are some examples where you have seen the “god complex”?

Cube55 – Security, Responsibility & $100 Start-ups

This Cube focus on part of chapter 5 of The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau & deals with several things, ending with a couple of ideas of businesses that took less than $100 to start and earned enough for the founder to not need a traditional job.

Inside the cube is also this quotation:

The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes “sightseeing.”

~ Daniel J. Boorstin

 

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Starting Questions:

  1. Who are some people or organizations that promote building a business, investing, or passive income?
  2. Do you want to earn independence?
  3. Do you have other low-cost start-up ideas?

Cube54 – Change in Relationship

Relationships are never static.

We control fifty percent of a relationship. We influence one hundred percent of it.

~ Joyce Brothers [wiki]

This cube highlights a clip from TNT 241 looking at the changing of relationships between some media and their audience and their supporters.

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Starting Questions:

  1. What other options do your Customers, Friends, Family, or other relationships have?
  2. Can you offer more value & receive what you want in other ways then you considered before?
  3. Have you adapted due to the world around you changing?