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January 2010

Linchpin: Are You Indespensable?

I’ve recently started reading a preview copy of Seth Godin’s Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? I’m hoping to make a few updates between now and finishing it, but I wanted to just drop a quick post and let you know that this book is really resonating with me.

See, I stopped freelancing almost 4 years ago because I realized my business wasn’t going in a direction that made me happy, and reading…

My Wife’s New ‘Do’: Pt. 7 – Expect Pain

My wife’s new hairdo caused, for the first time in our marriage, and probably the first time in her life, a hair-related emotional breakdown. While getting ready to go out one day, this woman who had never given her hair more than a passing thought, had to rewash her hair 3 times and still didn’t get the ‘do’ correctly. She was running late. Our event was starting. My kid and I had had to leav…

My Wife’s New ‘Do’: Pt. 6 – Client Reaction

As many of us have experienced, making changes to our outward appearance will cause those who know us well to ponder the change, often causing talk, speculation, and the uttering of opinions. When my wife returned from the salon with her new hairdo, I honestly wasn’t sure what to think. I needed time to adjust to it, and even more time before I could decide if I actually liked it. My 8 year old…

My Wife’s New ‘Do’: Pt. 5 – Customization

In the beginning, my wife’s new hairdo wasn’t a perfect fit. As she was getting used to it, she identified trouble areas that she needed touched up so that it would work better for her needs. She went back to the salon once a week for the first 3 weeks until it worked for her. While it certainly seemed excessive to me (and to be honest, I warned her that her hairdresser might shave her just to…

My Wife’s New ‘Do’: Pt. 4 – The Cost of Reeducation

Often, growth and change requires training. Whether implementing new equipment, software, techniques or workflows, re-training is inevitable. When my wife got her new hairdo, she had to learn a new way of styling her hair. Mistakes cost her, and even at this personal level, these weren’t small costs. Especially at the outset, mistakes have led to hours of lost time from her life and wasted hair…

My Wife’s New ‘Do’: Pt. 3 – Maintenance Costs

Some solutions are implemented simply because they save money or time, decrease maintenance, or increase efficiencies. In the case of my wife’s new hairdo, the solution actually requires additional recurring costs in both time and money. This particular hairdo requires more frequent visits to the salon to keep the hair short, recurring costs in hair styling product (something she never had to…

My Wife’s New ‘Do’: Pt. 2 – The Costs of Implementation

One of the first things we noticed with my wife’s new hairdo is that making it work costs money and time. My wife, who never used any type of ‘after shower’ hair products now has 3 new ‘goops’. She’s also purchased 2 new brushes (we started with only one, but we have an 9 year old daughter and items such as brushes tend to go missing on a regular basis). And she now regularly uses my hair dryer.

My Wife’s New ‘Do’: Pt. 1 – Identifying Problems and Deciding on a Solution.

This past month, my wife of 12 years got a new hairdo. With the exception of our wedding day when our friend, Nikki Zurell, worked her craft on my wife-to-be, this is the first time in the 20 years that I’ve known her that she’s changed it. In fact, according to her, its the first change she remembers in the 40 years that she’s been alive that she’s changed her hair. Still, change happens, and…

Brain Power

This is a silly one suitable for this time of year while many of us are on vacation. You might have already gotten this in your email; apparently its been kicking around the intertubes for a while. If not, enjoy. I’ve found it a very interesting example of not just the power of our brains, but also the idea that things don’t have to fit into the nice little rules we live by to actually work.

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