Cube47 – Culture Game : How to make or succeed in one

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Every group has a unique culture that defines the rules of the game needed to meet your goals, or at least maximize the options.

Sometimes these written or unwritten rules are developed intentionally, other times they are not. In Built To Last, Jim Collins has a whole chapter on the types of cultures common among large industry leading organizations.

 

This cube can be viewed from at least two perspectives:

  1. employee
  2. system designer or leader

We want to urge you to listen to it from your natural role and then later listen trying to think from the perspective of the opposite role.

 

When you have a great ah ha moment, share it below in the comments, or comment on what others have shared.

 

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Starting Questions:

  1. What are 3 ideas an employee could take from this & be more valued as an employee?
  2. What are three ideas an employer could take & help them develop a culture that naturally finds the right people for their organization?

Cube46 – Survive, Upgrade & Win

Survivor is a TV game show that lasts over a month and has very little rules, it’s filed in many countries, but at the end of the twenty-second USA season, a couple very insightful thoughts came from the man refereed to as Boston Rob.

During Survivor : Redemption Island there was one person who was central to lots of friction : Special Agent Philip.

The Cube today focused on two points where Rob presents some thoughts:

  • Addressing how he could stand Philip
  • Why he should be selected/elected/voted as the winner

If you ever have run for election, or tried to get someone to part with money (either make a sale or donate to a cause) this is a great cube for you.

 

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Starting Questions:

  1. Do you have a dream you are willing to spend a third of your life to achieve?
  2. What about 10 years?

Cube45 – Power of a More Human Group

 

This cube features the book Linchpin by Seth Godin.

Linchpin is generally defined as:

  1. A pin passed through the end of an axle to keep a wheel in position
  2. A person or thing vital to an enterprise or organization

What does it take for a group of people to succeed at a task or causing change in the world? There is a choice of direction, two paths that have worked at causing major change. Now in this Cube Seth looks at an option that has been less popular in the last 100 years.

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Starting Questions:

  1. How is your group different from the competition?
  2. What happens when the wind shifts on your organization?

Cube44 – Too Late To Start A Business?

It is easy to look at the recent past and wish that you had started your business, project, or group a few years ago.

 

This cube comes from Internet Marketing for Smart People Radio by CopyBlogger, where Robert Bruce & Brian Clark asks the question Is the Online Gold Rush Over?

 

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Starting Question:

  1. How are you helping the world with its desires and needs?

Cube43 – Feed The Network

Are you part of a network?
What about the network that Google has?

When you do a search through Google, you help Google get better. When you click an ad though Google’s ad network, either on a Google.com site, or on another side, you help both google and whatever site you are on. If you create a site, you can add ads to your site & the more content you provide for Google, the more money you could make.

Now think of another network.

This cube comes from the book What Would Google Do? by Jeff Jarvis. He explores many topics with one of the common themes being:

Do what you do best & link to the rest.

See how Jeff explains a network effect paired with this concept, then share your thoughts, either on your site, our facebook page, or the comments below:

 

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Starting Questions:

  1. What network are you involved with that creates more value for you then you put in, causing you to work harder to build it?
  2. Have you been involved in a group who tries to control everything involved with that group?

Cube42 – Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything

You want something to be different  in the world. Your goals might be focused on a small group around you or the entire world.

Stories are a powerful way to influence the world, no matter if the reach is an industry, country, neighborhood, or person.

In Twit 284 Brian Brushwood, Leo Laporte, Gina Smith and Dwight Silverman talk about how science fiction writers predicted the future, or did they architect it …

 

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Starting Questions:

  1. Have you tried helping someone through telling a story?
  2. What story are you promoting?
  3. Have you improved your storytelling abilities? How?

Cube41 – Lost 200lb & Gained $250,000

You set out to achieve a change and reach a major milestone. You succeed, then what? How do you spend your winnings? How do you be wise in a situation you have not been in before?

 

Wikipedia says:

The Biggest Loser is a television show broadcast in many countries. It centers on overweight contestants attempting to lose the most weight to fight for a cash prize. There are different variations of the Biggest Loser around the world. Each country has made its own adaptation to the show; however, the contestants always have the same goal: to lose the highest percentage of weight (or most weight) to become the Biggest Loser.

The cube for today is when one such winner calls into Dave Ramsey for advice (May 30, 2011 ep), and they talk about how he has and should move forward after a big loss, err … win.

 

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Starting Questions:

  1. How have you considered a choice from a different perspective to help you make a decision (like the example Dave gave in the cube)?
  2. Has there been a time when you ignored an aspect of your life to improve another & in turn fixed more areas of your life?

Cube40 – Risk & Fear

What is Risk?

Risk is something that is unnatural for people to seek. Few would say their calling is to take big risks or push past their limits. In The Millionaire Next DoorThomas Stanley speaks on that question along with others involving becoming wealthy.

This cube focuses on courage, being fearless, becoming stronger, and some realities of risk.

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Starting Questions:

  1. Do successful business owners have fear?
  2. How have you overcome a fear?

Cube39 – Open Trade Solutions

Trade is a basic idea of exchanging something you want to have less for something you wish to have more. Don Boudreaux in a Cato Institute daily podcast presented Trade Deficit Delusions , but the cube today is a little more focused on two topics:

  • should you work on getting more people involved & what happens when you do
  • how Athens became a large city in a short time & what that means to our society

 

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Starting Questions:

  1. How are you getting others, either paid or not paid, to help with your cause?
  2. Have you done anything to help others build their dreams recently?

 

Cube38 – Life Change

Life changes come in two verities:

  • slow & steady
  • sudden

This cube deals with the second time, looking at part of an episode of the tv show In Plain Sight [season 1, episode 7 – Iris Doesn’t Live Here Anymore].

 

In Plain Sight is about US Marshals Mary Shannon & Marshall Mann supporting people in the Witness Protection Program. Every person in the Witness Protection Program had their lives suddenly and dramatically changed in a moment.

 

In this Cube, the family first learns just how different their life will be from here on out; some handle the change better than others.

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Starting Question:

  1. Any ideas how to prepare for life changes, both sudden and slow?